I am an avid tea drinker. I drink about 5 to 6 cups of tea per day. They range from green, to detox, to ginger peach, peppermint, to my own homemade blends. One of my favorite teas to make is Rose hip, Cinnamon, Hibiscus, Chamomile, and Spearmint. This blend is very calming, relaxing, and when chilled quite refreshing. I make this blend around the time of my menstrual cycle or when I’m having sinus trouble. The healing properties from the cinnamon and spearmint (pain reliever), rose hips (immune system support), and hibiscus (upper respiratory and circulation support), combined with the calming effects of chamomile make this tea the perfect treatment for many ailments. Below I have listed some of the benefits of each herb and spice in this tea. It’s super easy to make and it tastes so good. It’s like a day of pampering at the spa, really.
***This tea is very helpful if you are already in good health. If you are pregnant or have any medical conditions, please consult with your doctor before taking this tea.
Rose hips have many health benefits and are an excellent source of vitamin C. In fact, rose hips have about 50% more vitamin C than oranges. They can be used to boost the immune system and help prevent and treat the common cold. If you’re ever having trouble doing number two, try drinking rose hip tea with a bit of honey and it’ll get you going. Rose hip tea is also great for the skin as rose hips are a good source of vitamin A, which helps clear skin of acne, heal scars, keep skin moisturized, nourished and elastic. Vitamin A also boosts the immune system and helps in fighting off infections from bacteria and viruses.
Cinnamon is a super spice that is packed with all kinds of benefits. To see a complete list of benefits of cinnamon visit http://www.herbwisdom.com/herb-cinnamon.html. Studies show that cinnamon helps diabetes sufferers metabolize sugar more efficiently, clear up vaginal yeast infections and urinary tract infections, treat gastrointestinal issues and soothe upset stomach, aides in digestion, treat cold and flu, relieve pain, kill head lice, and kill fungi and viruses like Candida (bacteria that causes vaginal and oral yeast infections) and Helicobator pylori (bacteria that cause stomach ulcers). ***Please do not use cinnamon while pregnant.
The beautiful ruby red color of Hibiscus petals is great for dying clothes as well as a natural food coloring, I especially love it in natural fruit juice punches. It also has very important health benefits such as maintaining cholesterol, and high blood pressure levels, normalizing body temperature, upper respiratory and throat support, relieves restlessness and aides with sleep.
Chamomile is usually associated with calming the body and mind and being a sleep aide. Did you know that in the Middle Ages chamomile was used to remedy a host of medical conditions such as cancer, nausea, colic, fevers, skin diseases, inflammations, and asthma? Studies show that this herb is anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, anti-allergenic, and of course a natural muscle relaxant, and sedative. For more details on the benefits of chamomile visit http://www.herbwisdom.com/herb-chamomile.html.
I really love how spearmint brightens up this tea blend. It also helps to reduce gas (flatulence), and helps improve digestion which is paramount for women who experience discomfort during menstruation. Spearmint is great for subsiding nausea, relieving cold symptoms, headaches, and upset stomach. If you have a sore throat, which usually accompanies my sinus infections, spearmint really helps to soothe the pain and it works wonders for relieving menstrual cramps. Some studies even show that when spearmint tea is taken twice a day for an extended amount of time, it can promote hair growth. For more information on the benefits of spearmint visit http://www.herbwisdom.com/herb-spearmint.html
What you’ll need for the tea:
Mortar and pestle (blender or coffee grinder if you don’t have a mortar and pestle), tea cup, tea strainer, purified boiling water, honey to taste
.05- .10 oz each dried
Place the dried herbs and spices in the mortar and pulverize with the pestle until you reach a consistency to your liking. Place herbs into the strainer. Place strainer in the tea cup and pour boiling water over the the strainer. Allow to steep for 3-5 minutes. Remove strainer. Sweeten with honey, sugar, or your sweetener of choice. Enjoy!
I can usually get about 2-3 cups from one strainer full of tea. You can of course alter the amounts of the herbs for more servings. I also make a lot of this tea and store it in an upcycled glass container. See my video on DIY Spice and Herb Jars.
I hope you give this tea a try. It’s really delicious and very good for you!