Living in rhythm with the seasons, individual constitutions , diet , lifestyle ,and herbal support contribute to our resiliency throughout the different seasons. Using herbal tonics to strengthen our immune systems before the erratic weather starts is key to preventing cold and respiratory infections and maintaining overall wellness.
The Autumn Tonic Tea is full of herbs that will nourish the body and give it the nutrients it needs to stay healthy through the cold winter months.
Nettles are highly nutritious. High in magnesium, potassium, calcium, iron, manganese vitamin A, B vitamins and more they are a great herb to incorporate into every day life to nourish the body and provide key nutrients.
Spearmint is a wonderful mint that is more subtle than peppermint. It adds a delicious flavor and a nice vitamin C boost. Like most mints, it is wonderful for digestive complaints.
Lemon Balm is a wonderful nervine, which is great to ease anxiety, stress, and tension. It is antiviral and wonderful for stomach aches, pains, nausea and gas and is antispasmodic.
Mullein is very grounding. Although it is most commonly known as a respiratory tonic (which it most certainly excels at), it is a wonderful lymphatic tonic and promotes lymphatic movement. It helps prevent colds and coughs from settling deeply in the lungs. It is also anti-inflammatory and great for musculoskelital pain.
Dandelion is another very nutritious herb that is great to incorporate into every day life. It has high levels of vitamin A and B vitamins, calcium, potassium, and magnesium. It contains inulin which helps the body process sugars more efficiently through the liver, pectin which helps aid in detoxification. It helps detoxify and nourish the body and support proper hormone function.
Red Clover is also full of wonderful nutrients including calcium, chromium, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, thiamine, and vitamin C, as well as isoflavones. It is blood purifying, anti-oxidant, and a great addition to any daily herbal regime.
Rose hips are full of vitamin C, anti-oxidants, and all sorts of good things.
Ginger is very warming to the system and encourages movement of the fluids throughout the body. It is also an antimicrobial herb, and great for digestive stagnation and upset.
Autumn Tonic Tea
- 4 parts nettle (Urtica dioica) leaf
- 3 parts spearmint (Mentha spicata) leaf
- 3 parts lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)
- 2 parts mullein (Verbascum thapsus) leaf
- 2 parts (combined) dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) leaf and root
- 2 parts red clover (Trifolium pratense) blossoms
- 1 part rose (Rosa spp.) hips
- 1 part Ginger Root (dried cut and sifted)
- Combine all of the dry ingredients and store in a cool dry place.
- To brew, boil 4 cups of water and pour that water over the tea blend.
- Let it steep for 15 minutes – 8 hours, strain the herbs out and enjoy hot or cold.
- Sweeten as desired (or not at all).
- Enjoy this amazing tonic to keep your health in order for the cooler months ahead.