How to make the most amazing immune boosting herbal tea your whole family will love - for free!
Do you like going for walks in the countryside? Are you out and about every day walking the dog? Why not collect these herbs and flowers at the same time and make an amazingly simple, healthy, immune boosting, herbal tea from ingredients supplied by Mother Nature herself!
It's the ideal tea for evening time as it includes lemon balm and chamomile which are both known for their calming properties.
Immune Boosting Herbal Tea - Start collecting in Spring
Start collecting in Spring and carry on throughout the year as each herb or flower becomes available. By the end of Autumn, you should have enough immune boosting herbal tea to see your family through the winter months. Packed full of healing power this all natural tea will help keep those winter germs at bay and give your immune system a healthy boost.
All the ingredients need to be dried before they can be stored and I'll tell you how to do that at the end of this post.
Finding the ingredients for Immune Boosting Herbal Tea
With the exception of Chamomile and Calendula (which I grow in my garden), I collect all herbs during my walks with our Australian shepherd Brilli. I only collect from fields and woods well away from roads and where I know there is no danger of contamination from commercial fertilisers.
Don't worry if some of these herbs are unavailable in your area, just use the one's that are. Maybe you can add some others to the mix which are more readily available where you live.
Remember to only collect the flowers and leaves and to leave the root intact so that the plant can regenerate and regrow.
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Immune Boosting Herbal Tea - Ingredients:
- Cowslip/wild primrose - flower heads
- Violet - flower heads
- Sweet woodruff - leaves, flowers and stalks
- Stinging nettle - fresh tips in spring
- Lady's mantle - flowers heads & leaves
- Daisy - flowerheads
- Strawberry - leaves
- Blackberry - leaves
- Rasberry - new shoots of leaves
- Elderberry - shoots and flowers
- Chamomile - flowers
- Calendula - flowers
- Thyme - leaves, flowers and stalks
- Lemon balm - leaves, flowers and stalks
- Peppermint - leaves, flowers and stalks
- Common Mullein - flowers
- Majoram - flowers and stalks
- Rose - leaves
Storing your Immune Boosting Herbal Tea
I use a large glass jar to store my herbal winter tea. As each batch dries I add it to the jar. When the last batch is added, I make sure to give the tea a good stir to make sure all the ingredients are evenly mixed throughout. This also makes a great gift, especially if you have some pretty storeage tins like the one I used below.
There's nothing better than going into winter knowing that you have a power packed defence against those winter germs - and the best part is, it doesn't cost a cent!
How to dry herbs and flowers - Immune Boosting Herbal Tea
- Roughly chop the flowers and herbs;
- Line some trays with unprinted kitchen paper;
- Spread the herbs out evenly over the paper;
- Leave to dry in a warm, airy room for a few days until completely dry.
- Sift through the tealeaves with your fingers every day to aid the drying process. They should be crispy. (If the herbs are added to the jar before they are completely dry, they will go moldy and the tea will be spoiled).
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