In the Kitchen: Hot Tea

Posted January 3rd, 2012 by HelenScott

In my last post I promised to bring you home workings, so I thought I’d start off in the kitchen. Now this is a redone post from my secondary blog (I know it’s kind of cheating), but it has such good information I thought I’d share it here.

I don’t know about where you’re located, but it’s rather cold here (for the most part, it was in the 60s this weekend but it was 30 degrees this morning), and when the temperature starts to drop I like to enjoy hot beverages.

Hot tea has been around for hundreds of years (first recording of tea drinking is from the 10th Century, B.C). It’s been used as a medicine, relaxation technique, and a tool for divination. It is the most common and widely consumed beverage in the world.

A few tools you may want to consider owning before you start making your own tea:
Tea Ball
Tea Kettle
Tea Pot
Mug, or Tea Cup

Here are some tea recipes to help colds, fight headaches, and to just enjoy during this winter season.

 

Sage Tea

Sage has been used as a fever treatment, cough reliever, and wound healer. You can use sage tea this time of the year to not just fight colds, but lift your spirits and allowing you to focus on projects as we head into the winter season.

(WARNING: Avoid sage tea when pregnant.)

½ cup dried sage leaves
1 cup boiling water

Add the dried sage leaves to the boiling water.
Cover tightly and steep for 15 min.

(Note: Sage tea can be poisonous if drank in excess, so I suggest keeping it to two cups a day)

 

Chamomile Tea

Chamomile is a flower that, when dried, produces a tea that is said to help cold congestion, relieve digestion problems, and cool headaches.

 

2 teaspoons dried chamomile flowers
2 cups boiling water
Let steep for 5 minutes. (I usually steep the tea in the tea pot)
You can get pre-dried chamomile flowers from most metaphysical shops, herbal shops, and online. Now, there are some specific tea shops that will also sell organic teas already prepped in bags, but I would double check make sure it’s actual chamomile flowers and not just flavored.
You can also dry your own flowers, but make sure you do it about a week in advance. Dry time differs depending on weather and atmosphere.
If you buy or dry in a large amount, make sure you have a glass or ceramic air tight container to store it in.

 

‘”Spicy Tomato Tea: The #1 Remedy to Cure Severe Sinus Congestion”

By: Jean Woolhiser
From Earthclinc.com

It works fast (in most cases) and tastes great! These ingredients are well-known serious herbals for their medicinal properties… Used together they do wonders for sinus/ear infections, colds, coughing and sore throat. We’ve even found it to kill flu germs and strep throat (with no antibiotics).

TOMATO TEA RECIPE
2 cups V8 Juice
2-3 cloves Garlic crushed (use more if you can)
2 T Lemon Juice
Hot Sauce (the more the better, so as much as you can handle)

Mix and heat in a pan or in the microwave. Sip slowly and re-warm as needed to get the full effects of the fumes. Let it sit in the back of your throat to bathe it. Suck the fumes through your sinuses and also down into your lungs. It’s all natural and healthy, so drink as much of it as you want or need until you are SURE the infection is gone. This is past the time when you “feel better.”

This appears to be the best recipe, but people often don’t have the right ingredients. Don’t let that hold you back. Use whatever you have available. Below are some substitutes that may not work as well or as fast, but will still help. I’ve listed them by their likely effectiveness:

Substitutes:
V8 Juice – tomato juice, vegetable juice, canned or fresh tomatoes crushed, tomato soup (if really desperate, try another kind of fruit juice, vegetable soup or even chicken soup . you’re aiming for high Vitamin C content)
Garlic – garlic in olive oil, dehydrated garlic, garlic salt (aiming for the strong anti-bacterial/fungal effects)
Lemon Juice – Fresh lemons, bottled juice, limes, lime juice, oranges, frozen lemonade
Hot Sauce – ANY kind of hot sauce works, fresh hot peppers, cayenne pepper, dried pepper flakes (if really desperate, try horseradish, black pepper or even mustard . you’re aiming for the highly anti-bacterial/fungal properties of capricin which is found in hot peppers, and its effectiveness at clearing out the sinuses.)

Notes:
1. Capricin (found in hot peppers) is actually soothing to the stomach. In addition, it’s a pain killer (good for sore throats), and is also one of the main ingredients used in herbal recipes for killing fungal infections like Candida, which is closely related to all kinds of physical problems we have, including allergies.
Excellent candida test: http://www.mall-net.com/cgibin/quiz4.cgi?quiz=crook.qa.
Interesting fungus killing pages: http://www.mall-net.com/mcs/#Treat.

2. You can add Worcestershire sauce and celery salt to make it taste just like a bloody mary mix.

3. Drink it just because it tastes good, and you probably won’t get an infection in the first place. ‘

 

‘Magical Teas
By: Lady Moon Willow
From:wicca-chat.com
Blend the teas for a recipe in a plastic baggy or a glass jar, then measure out one tablespoon per cup of tea. A small two cup teapot will take two tablespoons of tea. If you are like me, however, two cups of tea equates to three because I prefer my tea with lots of milk. Because the tea base is black tea leaves, the addition of milk and a sweetener makes for a very flavorful beverage. Unless you are making tea for a crowd, you really do not need more than one or two tablespoons of tea at any one time. Store in a closed jar in a cabinet away from light.
Tea for Divination:
1 tablespoon China black, English breakfast, or Irish breakfast tea
2 teaspoons lemon balm
1 teaspoon eyebright
1 tablespoon mugwort
1 tablespoon rose hips’
My next two blogs will also be in the kitchen, so get your chef hats and aprons ready!!

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