Nourishing Herbal Tea-DIY

So as I ease my way back into doing anything other than feeding and diaper changes–and of course, staring at Eli (that’s a very important job! er, hobby?)–I bring you a post on a nourishing, calming tea that I just concocted for myself that’s safe while breastfeeding, but won’t increase your milk supply (I’ll post a mother’s milk tea recipe later). And it’s pretty in a glass jar! Bonus!

Completely off the topic of tea, I love my Moby wrap (well, wraps actually, I got two of these lovelies) because in the morning it’s the only way I get anything done. For some reason, I can’t put him down even asleep until the afternoon, but I can Moby him and keep marching…

Here’s a very impromptu pic of me in all my blogging baby wearing glory. So impromptu that I didn’t even pull my shirt all the way down and it appears to be more of my hand towel than of me and Eli… (keeping it real).

But I digress… back to the tea… It’s lovely to help anyone relax, but especially nice to sit down with your little one and enjoy meal time!

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup Nettle leaf
  • 3/4 cup Chamomile flowers
  • 1/4 cup Dandelion leaf
  • 1/4 cup Oatstraw
  • 1/4 cup Red Raspberry leaf

I mix it all together in a big tupperware container or mixing bowl.  If you don’t want to put it in a jar, the tupperware container gives you the option of simply snapping a lid on it.

This amount, however, will fill a quart-sized mason jar about 2/3 of the way.  For an easy transfer to the jar, simply grab a sheet of plain, blank printer paper, roll it loosely width-wise, and stick it in the top of the jar.  A funnel works too if you happen to have one. Funny thing, I do have a wide mouth funnel for filling these jars, I just didn’t think of it… and I no longer have the “my brain is pregnant” excuse either… though I hear sleep deprivation is a good one at times. 😉

Then to brew, I just scoop some with the larger side of my tea ball, but it holds right about a tablespoon and a half, or a heaping tablespoon.  Brew covered in an 8 oz mug for 15-20 minutes.

And it makes a pleasant-tasting, amber-colored tea. I stirred in a bit of honey for sweetness. Smells great too!

Another option would be to brew it as an infusion. For infusions, I put a 1/4 cup of herbs in a 16 oz mason jar, fill with boiling water, stir and leave for 4-8 hours. Then I strain the tea into a quart size jar and add ice, cranberry juice and sometimes sparkling water.  Very refreshing and yummy!

7 thoughts on “Nourishing Herbal Tea-DIY

  1. Beautiful cup of tea! Don’t forget to take it easy. When my oldest was a baby I was always so focused on getting things done that I didn’t really take advantage of the sweetness of parenting just one child. With each of my babies after that I’ve always wished I had better taken advantage of it. No one could tell me that when he was a baby, though…

    1. Thanks! And I am… I spend lots of time staring at baby, or playing with him while he’s awake, I do know it goes fast, so I’m doing my best to be in the moment… if I sounded tired with the above comment, I switched little man to cloth diapers and he had a sort of frustrating day which meant I spent all day not able to put him down but for about two 30 min stretches and my back got very tired holding and wearing him for that long, but it’s okay… he’s tiny and the world is a tough place when you’re tiny and I’m glad I can comfort him. He’s a delight to care for, even when he’s cranky :-)

  2. Love the baby-wrap – you look GOOD, girl!

    I should try making my own tea. I should try a lot of things. I will watch you for now, and dream of quieter days and younger babies…

  3. Lovely tea! If I can find the ingredients, I might try to make some as a gift for a couple of friends of mine… Glad to see you make an appearance on the blog, and Eli, too. Hello Eli!

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