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Herbal Tea - Cold



Wild- and healing herbs support our mental an physical well being and can help with supporting your body to deal with all different kinds of illnesses. I created a special tea blend which supports your body during a cold, it helps with alleviate infections and relive you from cough irritations. It also has an calming effect and supports balanced sleeping, which is important to cure yourself from a cold. Except from licorice root all herbs are hand picked and some of them are even self grown.




In this blog post i share with you the recipe for my herbal tea blend "COLD" and I explain some tipps and tricks how to prepare your herbal-healing tea, to get the most out of the inculded ingredients.






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Dosage


For an avarge adult I use the "3-finger-methode" for dosageing, which means I take my thumb, forefinger and middle finger to grab into my tea-bag, everything that fits in between these fingers is a great dosage for one cup of tea. It's pretty equal to one tablespoon. The dosage depends on different factors for example age, gender and the nature of your body aswell as your taste.

For kids under 14 years you will go with half of the dosage and childern under 8 years 1/2 oder 1/4 dosage. It's very important to see each person as an individual, so what's working for me isn't automatically working for you - so find your own way. The tea is just supporting your body with dealing with a cold and doesn't replace a visit from a doctor.




Preparation


Ther are a few different ways to prepare tea, I will explain you the two of them I use - infuse and cold water approach. It depends on the complaints you have and on your own preference if your using warm or cold tea. Sometimes it also depends on the weather, when it's 30°+ I love to drink an homemade iced tea instead of an hot tea, I show you my recpice for an iced tea bellow.




Methode 1 : INFUS



For this methode you boil water and let it cool down to around 80°C before putting the tea blend in. The reason for cooling down is that you protect the ingredients so you have as much herbal power in your tea as possible. Put the herbs inside loose, so they can unfold their whole power and let them steep for 7-10 minutes. During the steeping process, the tea should be covered up, to keep the essential oils inside, otherwise they will evaporate to the air.



Methode 2: COLD WATER APPROACH


This methode is perfect as an basic for an homemade icedtea, you put the tea blend into cold water and let it sit for around 2 hours. After this you strain your cold-brew tea, add slices of oranges or lemons, you can also add a bit of honey (it has antibacterial effects) as an sweetener, mix everything, put ice in, and your homemade herbal icedtea is ready to enjoy it.




If your haveing a cold you should drink around 3 cups of tea during the day, sip by sip. It's also possible to make a cure with this the for 28 days just have an cup of the in the morning and befor going to sleep.



Inhalation


Especialy when you're having a cold, inhalation can help with your symptoms, it's one of my favorite things to do when I feel sick. It helps with reliefs you from secretions, swollen mucous membran and also with cramping caused by coughing. The steam realives and calms down upper respiratory tract and helps with a fast relieve of your symptoms.



Here's how I do it:


  • fill up a pot with 2/3 full of boiling hot water and brew a strong tea

  • you can also add salt or essential oils for example, lavender, camomille, yarrow, elderflower,...

  • now you place for face over the pot und cover your head and the sides of this pot with an towel, so that the steam isn't evaporate in the air

  • take deep and calm breaths to breath in the herbal-steam

  • ATTENTION: always have an eye on kids, while doing this, so they don't get burned.

  • you will inhale for around 10 minutes, after this it's imporant to have a rest-phase for at least an hour



The 5 herbs of the COLD - tea blend


LAVENDER


  • Lavender is an real all-rounder and your body will place it where you need it

  • it has an antiinflammatory and anti-carmping effect, which I don't wanna miss in my cold-tea blend

  • it also has an calming effect on body and soul, which causes irritating coughing to calm down. It also helps with an healthy and relaxing sleep, which is important to recover from a cold

  • it facilitates breathing



LINDEN BLOSSOMS


  • especially with coughing, hoarseness, and throat-infections linden blossoms bring an big relieve

  • they do have an sweaty infect which help your body with detoxifying beauce you will sewat out toxic from your body

  • linden blossoms also support an healthy immune system which helps prefenting illnesses

  • there's also an calimg effect, similar to lavendel to support an healthy sleep for a good recover



LICORICE ROOT


  • with cold-symptomes licorice root have an expectorant and sputum-promoting effect

  • it's also a natural sweetener, mostly know for producing licorice, I love to use it in tea, because I don't need an extra sweetener


ARTEMISIA


  • Artemisia is a great herb for fever- and cold-illnesses

  • Beifuss kann bei Fieber- und Erkältungskrankheiten einen guten Dienst erweisen


ELDERFLOWER

  • Elderflower is an traditional herb against fever, couching and sniffels

  • it has an sweaty and diuretic effect which helps the body to get rid of infections

  • it helps to release mucus from your paranasal sinuses, so it's more easier to couch everything up


My recipe for download





Create your own herbal tea blend



There are a lot of benefits by creating your own herbal tea blend, besides learing a lot of herbs and your own body, you can fit it to your needs and to your taste. By manufacturing your own blend you can vary the amount of each herb, if you don't like the taste of one of the herbs you can just miss it out or replace it with another one. You can let your creativity run wild!




I collect most of the herbs by myself, and there are a few rules you should follow when collecting wild herbs, I wrote an blog post about that, there you can find all the important information:








When you're not feeling safe with collecting your own own herbs or you just can't find the time to do that, you can visit "Kräuterkontor" one of my favorite herbal stores online. They do sell herbs in bio-quality, some of them even from wild-collecting, just click on the picture bellow and you will get to their homepage*.




 


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