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Tea Time!

2017-11-15 12:00:31 | brydanteam

I have loved drinking tea since I was young. My mom’s good friend, Diane, owned a tea shop for several years. We always looked forward to enjoying a pot of tea with her.

There’s something special about the rituals of proper tea drinking. My daughters took turns heating the tea pot with boiling water, pouring it out, and adding the selected tea leaves, then pouring the freshly boiled (or heated) water.  They would then arrange the tea cups and saucers and put scones or cakes on our small plates.

The pouring of the tea was a highlight for them; an honor bestowed upon each of them in turn. We loved the traditional customs and formal behavior. Many tea parties were seen by our ancient tea set.

Things have changed, and while I’ll always love the “proper” tea, nowadays you’ll find me drinking my morning cup of tea in a huge blue mug that my granddaughters gave me as a souvenir from an east coast trip. The water is heated in an electric kettle and I drop a teabag in to steep while I check my e-mail.  But, the comforting, grounding effect is still the same. I’m holding my mug, feeling the warmth in my hands. The fragrance is comforting and earthy. It takes me back to a summer day, drying peppermint in the kitchen; or to a peach orchard; or to spending time in my grandma’s kitchen canning cinnamon apples.

And today, I want to share a favorite tea with you. This is one that I came up with for my three daughters during their pregnancy.

Each of the herbs in this tea have wonderful properties for women’s health and especially for pregnant mamas. I check herb safety from several resources.  My sources for these herbs are from Rosemary Gladstar, Susan Weed, John Christopher, and the Herbal Academy of New England. But please do your own research if you are unfamiliar with these or any other herbs.

Nourished Mama Tea:

2 c red raspberry leaf

1 c nettle leaf

1 c oatstraw

½ c alfalfa

½ c rose hips

¼ c dandelion leaf

Mix all together and store in airtight glass jar

To use: add 1 Tbs of tea to a mug.  Pour fresh boiling water over, and steep 5-8 minutes. Strain and enjoy.  May sweeten with honey or stevia.

1 cup (mug, not measuring cup) per day during 1st 3 months of pregnancy provides sufficient nutrition.  During months 4-6, 2 cups daily may be taken.  And in the 7-9 months period, up to 4 cups a day may be enjoyed.

Benefits of the herbs:

Red raspberry leaf: tones and relaxes the uterus.This can reduce risk of miscarriage and postpartum hemorrhage. Boosts milk supply.Can relieve morning sickness. Rich in vitamin C and B.

Nettle leaf: Excellent source of Vitamin K. Aids in kidney function. High in iron and calcium. Reduces fatigue and low energy. Reduces hemorrhoids by strengthening and toning blood vessels.

Oatstraw: great source of calcium & magnesium. Relieves stress. Aids in relaxation.

Alfalfa: boosts milk supply. High in Vitamin K. Relieves morning sickness.

Rose Hips: stimulates the liver. Aids circulation. Anti-inflammatory. High in Vitamin C. Antioxidant.

Dandelion leaf: Aids in liver and kidney function. Good source of potassium. Can reduce risk of pre-eclampsia.

Tea Time!

2017-11-15 12:00:31 | brydanteam

I have loved drinking tea since I was young. My mom’s good friend, Diane, owned a tea shop for several years. We always looked forward to enjoying a pot of tea with her.

There’s something special about the rituals of proper tea drinking. My daughters took turns heating the tea pot with boiling water, pouring it out, and adding the selected tea leaves, then pouring the freshly boiled (or heated) water.  They would then arrange the tea cups and saucers and put scones or cakes on our small plates.

The pouring of the tea was a highlight for them; an honor bestowed upon each of them in turn. We loved the traditional customs and formal behavior. Many tea parties were seen by our ancient tea set.

Things have changed, and while I’ll always love the “proper” tea, nowadays you’ll find me drinking my morning cup of tea in a huge blue mug that my granddaughters gave me as a souvenir from an east coast trip. The water is heated in an electric kettle and I drop a teabag in to steep while I check my e-mail.  But, the comforting, grounding effect is still the same. I’m holding my mug, feeling the warmth in my hands. The fragrance is comforting and earthy. It takes me back to a summer day, drying peppermint in the kitchen; or to a peach orchard; or to spending time in my grandma’s kitchen canning cinnamon apples.

And today, I want to share a favorite tea with you. This is one that I came up with for my three daughters during their pregnancy.

Each of the herbs in this tea have wonderful properties for women’s health and especially for pregnant mamas. I check herb safety from several resources.  My sources for these herbs are from Rosemary Gladstar, Susan Weed, John Christopher, and the Herbal Academy of New England. But please do your own research if you are unfamiliar with these or any other herbs.

Nourished Mama Tea:

2 c red raspberry leaf

1 c nettle leaf

1 c oatstraw

½ c alfalfa

½ c rose hips

¼ c dandelion leaf

Mix all together and store in airtight glass jar

To use: add 1 Tbs of tea to a mug.  Pour fresh boiling water over, and steep 5-8 minutes. Strain and enjoy.  May sweeten with honey or stevia.

1 cup (mug, not measuring cup) per day during 1st 3 months of pregnancy provides sufficient nutrition.  During months 4-6, 2 cups daily may be taken.  And in the 7-9 months period, up to 4 cups a day may be enjoyed.

Benefits of the herbs:

Red raspberry leaf: tones and relaxes the uterus.This can reduce risk of miscarriage and postpartum hemorrhage. Boosts milk supply.Can relieve morning sickness. Rich in vitamin C and B.

Nettle leaf: Excellent source of Vitamin K. Aids in kidney function. High in iron and calcium. Reduces fatigue and low energy. Reduces hemorrhoids by strengthening and toning blood vessels.

Oatstraw: great source of calcium & magnesium. Relieves stress. Aids in relaxation.

Alfalfa: boosts milk supply. High in Vitamin K. Relieves morning sickness.

Rose Hips: stimulates the liver. Aids circulation. Anti-inflammatory. High in Vitamin C. Antioxidant.

Dandelion leaf: Aids in liver and kidney function. Good source of potassium. Can reduce risk of pre-eclampsia.