Healthy Menstruation Tea Blends

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It’s a fact of life, that every woman between the ages of 13 and 51, give or take a few years, has to endure menstruation every month.

Most women breeze through this time with little problems.  But, like me, there are women who are not that lucky.  I’m almost 53, and according to my gynecologist, I’m a little overdue to ending menstruation.  Just my luck!

In the past five years, my periods tend to be heavy and more cramping than normal.  My physician assures me that this is normal and everything is okay, but being an herbalist, I created several tea blends that have helped me and other women with their different issues.

These blends are in no way a replacement for your physician’s care.

 

Tea Blend Recipes

 

Heavy Periods and Cramps

Heavy Periods

If your periods are heavy with uncomfortable cramping, than this tea blend is for you.  Restores vitality and balance.

 

This special tea blend helps:
  • tone uterus
  • regulate periods
  • provide needed nutrition such as iron and other depleted vitamins

 

Ingredients:

 

Directions:

Mix all herbs together, and store in a glass jar.  Use as needed.
Boil 1 cup water, pour over herbs, cover and steep 1-2 teaspoons for 10 minutes. Remove herbs, and enjoy with stevia, honey, or lemon every morning.  Can be taken everyday, but starting a few days before period works for me.  Can be used 2-3 times daily.

 

 

Irregular Periods

Irregelar Periods

Amenorrhea, the medical term for the loss of periods in women who should be having regular periods, is a sign that something in the body has gone wrong.

Sometimes overlooked for more “flashy” herbs in this current day, mugwort is still a favorite of wise women. Mugwort has an affinity for the female reproductive system and is used as a uterine stimulant that can bring on delayed menstruation and help restore a woman’s natural monthly cycle.

 

This special tea blend helps:
  • regulate periods
  • provide needed nutrition such as iron and other depleted vitamins

 

Ingredients:
  • 1 oz.  Mugwort herb, dried
  • 1 oz. Nettle, dried
  • Stevia, dried (not the white stuff), Honey, Lemon, Etc. (opt.)

 

Directions:

Mix all herbs together, and store in a lidded glass jar.  Use as needed.

Boil 1 cup water, pour over herbs, cover and steep 1-2 teaspoons for 10 minutes. Remove herbs, and enjoy with stevia, honey, or lemon every morning.  Can be taken everyday,  1-3 times daily.

*Not for prolonged use

 

 

Healthy Menstrual

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This tea blend is for women who have it all.  Heavy periods, cramps, bloating, insomnia, stress, and more.  Restores vitality and balance in women with heavy periods with all the extras.

 

This special tea blend helps:
  • tone uterus
  • regulate periods
  • PMS
  • hormones
  • nausea
  • nutrition, iron and other depleted vitamins
  • diuretic
  • insomnia
  • stress

 

Ingredients:

 

Directions:

Mix all herbs together, and store in a glass jar.  Use as needed.

Boil 1 cup water, pour over herbs, cover and steep 1-2 teaspoons for 10 minutes. Remove herbs, and enjoy with stevia, honey, or lemon every morning.  Can be taken everyday, but starting a few days before period can be helpful.  Can be used 2-3 times daily.

 

 

Lisa’s Special Blend Tea

 

This blends provides me with much needed nutrition, plus helping with cramping and heavy bleeding.  My iron levels are low and lower when I’m on my period.  I start drinking this tea twice a day when I feel my breast becoming tender before my period.  And continue drinking throughout my heavy days.

 

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Disclaimer: This product has not been evaluated by the FDA and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. This information is for educational use only. Please research all herbs herbal products thoroughly before use. Pregnant and lactating women should check with their physician before using any products. Lisa’s Herb Remedies and Sage Hill Botanicals Herb Company is not responsible for any adverse reactions.

 

 

Thyme

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Thyme is a tiny-leaved herb that is most often used in French cooking.  Make sure to strip the leaves from the woody stems before adding them to recipes (unless it’s used to flavor a roast or soup and then removed before serving!).  Run your finger and thumb along the stems (the opposite direction of growth) to easily remove the leaves.

Added bonus:  Thyme is known for its antioxidant content

Taste:  Lemony, slightly peppery and minty

Perfect For: Stews, rice dishes, dips, and sauces. potatoes, breads.  Lemon thyme is wonderful on fish

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Medicinal Thyme

The interesting health benefits of thyme include its ability to relieve stress, reduce respiratory issues, improve heart health, boost the strength of the immune system, protect against chronic diseases, stimulate blood flow, and prevent fungal infections.

 

Some Amazing Health Benefits of Thyme

  • Anti-fungal –  its ability to prevent fungal and viral infections, thereby reducing strain on the immune system.
  • Anti-oxidant –  contribute to neutralizing and eliminating free radicals throughout the body.
  • Circulation – the high concentration of iron and other essential minerals in thyme make it ideal for stimulating the production of red blood cells, thereby boosting blood circulation and oxygenation to the essential organ systems of the body.
  • Heart – The rich blend of antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins in thyme have many small effects on the heart, but potassium and manganese are particularly important.
  • Eyes – the concentration of carotenoids and vitamin A found in thyme make it an effective antioxidant agent for your vision health.
  • Immunity – the high levels of vitamin C found in this herb make it a natural immune system booster.
  • Stress – One of the vitamins in thyme (B6) has a powerful effect on certain neurotransmitters in the brain that are directly linked to stress hormones.
  • Respiratory –  if you are suffering from bronchitis, chronic asthma, congestion, colds, flu, blocked sinuses or seasonal allergies, thyme acts as an expectorant and an anti-inflammatory substance. It eliminates phlegm and mucus from the respiratory tracts, eases inflammation to help breathe, and prevents microbial development that can lead to illness. Brewing thyme leaves into a powerful tea is the best way to achieve relief from respiratory ailments.

 

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Thyme Tea

Some of the key benefits of thyme tea include relieving menstrual cramps, soothing indigestion, promoting cognitive strength, aiding sleep, preventing infections, boosting the immune system, protecting against chronic disease and healing respiratory conditions. As far as side effects are concerned, thyme tea should be avoided by anyone allergic to plants in the mint family, Lamiaceae. Also, excessive consumption of thyme tea can lead to nausea or vomiting, as well as skin rash, and a slowed heart rate. However, when this healthy tea is consumed in normal, moderated amounts, its positive health effects should far outweigh the negative ones.

 

In The Garden

Thyme is one of the easiest herb plants to grow.  Plant in well draining area in loose garden soil, water when dry, and enjoy all the benefits thyme brings to your garden, table, and cup.

Thyme is hard to grow from seeds, so it’s best to use brought plants or a start from another plant you already have.  A start is when you divide a plant and use the sections removed in another area or in a container.  This is a great way for gardeners to share their herbs and knowledge over the garden fence.

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As a spreading plant, thyme can be used as a ground cover in a site with excellent drainage.  Thyme does best in full sun.  Start from young plants set out in spring after the last frost. Plant in well-drained soil with a pH of about 7.0; it prefers slightly alkaline conditions. Add lime to the pot or ground to raise the pH if needed.  A fertilizer can be added to the soil at or before planting and again each spring.   Mulching with limestone gravel or builder’s sand improves drainage and prevents root rot.

German thyme is perennial in zones 5 to 9, lemon thyme in zones 7 to 9.  Easy to grow, thyme needs little care except for a regular light pruning after the first year.  Do this after the last spring frost, so that the plants do not get woody and brittle. Pinching the tips of the stems keeps plants bushy, but stop clipping about a month before the first frost of fall to make sure that new growth is not too tender going into the cool weather. Cut thyme back by one third in spring, always cutting above points where you can see new growth, never below into the leafless woody stem.

Lemon thyme is more upright and more vigorous than the other thymes.  In the North and cold climates, cover with pine boughs after the soil freezes to help protect from winter damage. In zone 10, thyme is usually an annual, often succumbing to heat and humidity in mid-summer.

There are several thymes available.  By all means, smell and taste before buying to get the thyme that meets your needs.  Also keep in mind, there are ground hugging and upright thymes.

Spider mites can be a problem in dry weather. Also watch out for root rot and fungus diseases in humid climates. Good drainage, good air circulation, and proper planting as described above will help prevent disease.

 

Harvest and Storage

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Thyme’s tiny flowers are pretty and white. Though you can pinch the flowers off to allow the plant to produce more leaves, the flavor of thyme really isn’t compromised by letting the plant bloom.  Harvest leaves as you need them, including through the winter in places where it is evergreen. Although the flavor is most concentrated just before plants bloom, thyme is so aromatic that the leaves have good flavor all the time. Strip the tiny leaves from woody stems before using.

Thyme may also be dried for winter use.  Just before bloom (the best time, but anytime is okay), cut the stems 5-6 inches, tie end with a string and hang to dry in a cool place out of direct sunlight.  I dry my herbs on the porch.  This method can be used for most herbs as in the photo above.

Store completely dried thyme in glass jar in the cupboard (you can use others, but glass is best).  The herb will be crunchy when dry.

The leaves can be removed, or left on the stems.  The more whole you leave the herb, as a rule for all herbs, the more the benefits are retained.  The herb can be ground as needed.

 

Word of Caution: For those with a sensitive stomach, high intake of thyme can cause gastrointestinal distress. Having said that, this herb is not known as an allergenic substance and can be consumed regularly in your diet.  Also, may cause breathing problems in some people, so test a small amount if you’re concerned.

 

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Rosemary

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Native to the Mediterranean region, rosemary is one of the most commonly found herbs in a spice rack, and for good reason – not only does it have a wonderful taste and aroma, but also a wealth of beneficial health effects if regularly added to our diet. The scientific name of this perennial woody herb is Rosmarinus officinalis. Similar to many other useful herbs, rosemary is in the same taxonomic family as mint, but doesn’t have that characteristic flavor. It has a warmer, bitter, and more astringent taste that gives a wonderful flavor to soups, sauces, stews, roasts, and stuffing. It is particularly prevalent in Italian cultural cuisine.

Rosemary is most commonly known as a cooking herb, but it can also be used as an ornamental shrub.  There are two main types of rosemary plants, the upright varieties and the creeping varieties.  Both offer evergreen leaves, fragrant foliage and edible flowers. Read More

Elderberry Syrup Recipe

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Many symptoms connected to colds and flus are effectively treated with this tiny berry. Coughs, fevers and sinus infections all bow to elder’s healing touch.  This makes elderberry a rare herb as it not only prevents infection but also treats the infection after it’s taken hold.

Elder is an important herb for the immune system, but it needs to be used as a daily supplement. Elder constituents do not cling to the tissue, which means daily treatment is not only safe but necessary to block viruses. It doesn’t overtax the immune system or cause imbalances in the digestive tract that allow yeast infections to take hold, either, making it safe for daily consumption.

Elderberry is best for flus and symptoms of flus. It stimulates the immune system.

Elderberries are packed with nutrients including minerals like iron, potassium, phosphorus, and copper, as well as vitamins A, B, and C, as well as dietary fiber.  This powerful berry is antiviral, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, astringent, and alterative.

Use elderberry for:

  • flus
  • coughs
  • colds
  • fevers
  • skin inflammations
  • allergies
  • ear, nose and throat infections
  • weak immune systems

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Garlic Onion Honey Recipe

Garlic, onion, and honey are a powerhouse of combined healing naturals.  When you feel a sore throat,  cold, runny nose, and body aches coming on, your immune system is probably running on empty.  You can mix up this easy remedy for fast relief.

This syrup is all natural, and it tastes yummy too. Read More

Spa Bath At Home

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My favorite way to relax, treat aches and pains, insomnia, and my fibromyalgia, is simple soak in the tub.  But by adding two or three ingredients, they turn my bath in a private retreat. Read More

Homemade Rose Clay Facial Mask

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Rose clay, often referred to as pink clay, is a gentle, natural clay that contains kaolinite. Rose clay is fabulous for most skin types; including sensitive skin. Rose clay provides gentle exfoliation, helps to draw toxins from the skin, helps to increase circulation, reduces skin irritation, and helps to reduce inflammation.

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Most rose clay facials can contain many ingredients, but you can make a homemade facial with only two ingredients:

Rose Clay

Fresh Water

Place 1 Tablespoon rose clay (like here) to a cup.  Add one drop of water at a time until it forms a thick paste.

Note:  Instead of water, you can use drops of carrier oil such as almond, argon, avocado, sunflower ( like here) for a more moisturizing facial.  If you want a fresh scent, you can also use an essential oil instead of water.

Apply to face, keeping clear of lips and eyes.  You may apply to neck, shoulders, and other parts of the body too.

It goes on dark red and dries a light pink.  Leave on 15 minutes, or until dry.  Rinse off with warm water, followed by a cool splash.  Pat dry with a soft towel.  Don’t use Home rose clay facial mask, Lisa's Herb Remediesa wash cloth to remove the facial mask, because it will stain.  I found out the hard way.

You can also use an herbal tea instead of water.

Use Weekly

Follow up with coconut oil or some other oil.

 

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