Winter Spice Tea
Raw Diet Recipe
A warming winter spiced tea for those cold long and dark winter days using dandelion root. Spiced with cinnamon bark, ginger, anise and cardamon.
2 parts roasted dandelion root
1/2 part cinnamon bark
1/2 part dried ginger root
1/2 part decorticated (hulled) cardamom seeds
1/2 part star anise
Raw honey to taste
Slowly heat 4 cups of spring water in a pot.
Put the ingredients into a mortar and with a pestle crush the herbs slightly. Or put them in a blender and turn it on briefly, just enough to release some of the aromas.
Steep as you would any tea.
The Herbs in Winter Spice Tea
Cinnamon bark is a very mild herb that is well tolerated by a broad variety of people. It is a pungent, sweet and hot tonic that increases general vitality, warms and energizes the body as a whole, counteracts congestion, stops diarrhea, improves digestion and relieves abdominal spasms. It increases circulation to the joints and kills bacteria and viruses. It has been shown to regulate blood sugar and insulin. Cinnamon relieves minor pain and reduces monthly cramps.
The energy of ginger is warm and dispersing. It is used as a diaphoretic to drive out colds, flu, and nausea. It is also helpful in reducing hypertension. Ginger tea is made by simmering 1 teaspoon of grated fresh ginger or 1/4 teaspoon of dried ginger in 1 cup of water for 10 minutes. Strain and add a few drops of honey to relieve nausea at the onset of a cold or virus. It is not recommended for inflammatory diseases.
Cardamom health benefits include gastrointestinal protection, cholesterol control, control of cancer, relief from cardiovascular issues, and improvement of blood circulation in the body. It is useful for curing digestive problems, dental diseases, and urinary tract infections. The spice has an intensely sweet and savory taste. Both the seeds and the pod have a rich aroma and are often used in desserts, hot and spicy dishes, as well as in aromatic beverages and teas.
Anise is good herb for treating colic, menstrual cramps, gas, and indigestion. It can also quiet a colicky baby.
Home Made Anise Tea
1 cup boiling water
1 teaspoon dried anise leaves
1 teaspoon raw honey
Pour the boiling water over the leaves and steep for about 5 minutes - a little longer if you like it strong. Strain and sweeten with the honey.