This is the basic, daily tea I've been drinking off and on for almost six years. I call it my "Vitamin Tea" and joke with Big Blue Eyes that I'm drinking my vitamins whenever I have a cup in hand. I also share a little bit with her as all the herbs are safe for children with the exception of horsetail that may contain small amounts of nicotine.
All of these ingredients are available from Mountain Rose Herbs.
Raspberry Leaf contains calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, and vitamins B, C, and E. In her book Herbal Healing for Women , Rosemary Gladstar praises raspberry leaf as "wonderful nutritive tonic for use during all the cycles of womanhood." It recently has been promoted for women who are pregnant or trying to get pregnant but women have been using this herb for hundred of years to help tone the pelvic muscles, reduce bleeding, and for building healthy bones and teeth.
Some herbalists promote raspberry leaf for men but I've read it can actually decrease testerone. If you plan on making this to share with your mate or any man, I suggest omitting the raspberry leaf. All the other herbs are perfect nourishing herbs for men.
Nettle Leaf has also recently become more popular, popping up in foraging articles, gourmet green recipes and herbal teas but its use can be traced back to before ancient Greece where it was consumed as a food and utilized to make fabric along with medicines. To enjoy nettle leaf, one must pickle, dry or cook the greens to prevent from getting pricked. Nettle is great for women of all ages, helping combat PMS symptoms, water retention, and hemorrhaging prevention along with being an excellent source of Vitamin K and A, calcium, iron, and chlorophyll. Continual consumption of nettle tea can help prevent seasonal allergy symptoms. Overall, a wonderfully powerful herb for both men and women.
Lemon Balm is a wonderfully fragrant herb that helps calm the nervous system. In ancient medicine, it was thought to help chase away meloncholy and strengthen memory. A tincture of lemon balm strongly promotes wellbeing in women who struggle with post-partum depression. Combined with chamomile and valerian, it makes a wonderful sleep aid tea. Lemon balm contains tannins and bitters that have a powerful antispasmodic effect on the stomach and nervous system, making it an excellent remedy for stomach or nerves upset. It is also used to help deal with the symptoms of herpes. Lemon balm is a safe, tonic herb for women who are pregnant and can be combined with nettle to prevent seasonal allergy symptoms.
Oatstraw is high in calcium and magnesium. It also helps calm the nervous system. It contains silicic acid which can help soothe shingles if used in a bath. It also helps the body mantain healthy hair, skin and nails.
Horsetail, considered a nutritive herb, is high in silica and calcium. It helps promote strong nails and bones. It can also have a slightly diuretic effect but only in large quantities; it helps flush out bad bacteria without depleting electrolytes.
Nourishing Tonic Tea for Women of Childbearing Years*
2 Tb Raspberry Leaf
2 Tb Nettle Leaf
1 Tb Lemon Balm
1 tsp horsetail
1 tsp oatstraw
1. Boil one quart of water.
2. Pour over herbs and let sit at least 20 minutes for full herbal benefits or overnight.
3. Strain and enjoy. Refridgerate the leftovers.
You can also mix the herbs to use in teas later.
*In no way does this mean you have to have had a child or planning on having children, this means around the ages of 18-50 approximately. You can omit raspberry leaf if you would like to serve this to men.
And last but not least, I'm not a doctor. I'm not licensed to diagnose or prescribe. This is for educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Use information at your discretion, taking into account medical history. Always research!
Interested in more women's healing herbal recipes? Try this amazing book from Rosemary Gladstar.