3 Easy Herbal Brew Recipes

Once you've built up your own home apothecary - it's time to actually use those herbs! And this is the part where people get stuck; it's the #1 question I get asked: "How do I use my herbs?" I've found the easiest way is to simply make them into food and drink. And so, here are 3 delicious herbal beverages that are easy to make:


** So Chill Sparkling Spritzer **
This relaxing & cooling blend features:

* Lemon Balm: soothes the nervous system, particularly digestive stress
* Linden: another nerve-soothing herb that also has an uplifting effect in times of heartache or grief.
* Chamomile: eases tension in the gut brain and relaxes cramps and tight muscles.
* Fennel Seed: carminative that releases trapped air
* Licorice Root: an adrenal tonic that restores healthy cortisol levels

1. Throw 1-2 tablespoons of the dried herbs (except for the licorice root, you'll only add a small pinch) listed above into a quart of barely-boiling water and put the lid on top. 

2. Steep 15 minutes, strain, and while still warm, add honey to taste.

3. Mix with equal parts sparkling water.

4. Add a lemon, serve iced.

** Mate au Lait **
Trade your coffee in for this caffeinated, mineral & antioxidant-dense yerba mate tea blend featuring:

* Yerba Mate: anti-inflammatory action and immunity-supporting due to a combination of certain nutrients, including Vit C and E, zinc and selenium.
* Chicory Root gives this brew a rich flavor while improving gut health, thanks to it's inulin content, which is a prebiotic that feeds healthy gut flora.
* Cacao brings a whole lot to the party including antioxidants, iron, protein, magnesium, thiamin, carotene, and essential fatty acids (among other compounds). Cacao also boosts concentration and elevates mood by acting as an anti-depressant. Cacao may even lower blood pressure and improve virility.
* Peppermint has aromatic oils proven to boost mental alertness and clarity and reduce stress.
* Maca Root is a source of amino acids, magnesium, iron, B-vitamins (including B-12), and antioxidants. It helps with hormones, mood, and stabilizing blood sugar levels.
* Cinnamon reduces insulin resistance, which improves metabolic function, resulting in more efficient energy use.
* Licorice Root: acts as a sweetener and synergist while balancing cortisol levels.

1. Add a tablespoon of each of the dried herbs listed above (except for the licorice root, only add a small pinch)  in a quart of barely boiling water for 20 minutes. 

2. Strain the herbs.

3. Pour 8 oz into a cup, add warm milk and honey to taste

** Reset Latte**
Skip the caffeine and get your extra zing with energy-boosting, mineral-rich herbs in this blend:

* Nettle Leaf is rich in sooo many nutrients including calcium, magnesium, iron, Vitamin K, silica, and protein. It strengthens the kidneys and adrenal glands, thereby building, energy and stamina while calming the nerves.
* Dandelion Root: supports liver function and improves digestion, allowing you to better assimilate nutrients, thereby improving energy and vitality.
* Reishi: used in Traditional Chinese Medicine as a longevity tonic herb that supports overall health and vitality. It's antioxidants stimulate the immune system while boosting energy and memory.
* Maca Root: amino acids, magnesium, iron, B-vitamins, antioxidants - all which support healthy hormone function that leads to stable mood and blood sugar levels.
* Cinnamon: improves metabolic function for more efficient energy use.
* Licorice Root: supports adrenal glands by balancing cortisol levels.

1. Add 1 tablespoon of each dried herb listed above (except for licorice root, only add a small pinch) to a quart of boiling water and cover. 

2. Allow to steep for at least 30 minutes. 

2. Strain and add milk and honey to taste. 

3. Add foam with a hand held froth wand, blender or shake the milk first. 

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