To prepare herbal tea, use approximately one to three teaspoons of herb per cup of boiling water.
Boil water but do not use an aluminum kettle. Pour water into a mug or pot leaving herbs to
steep for at least five minutes, but don't leave for longer than ten minutes or the tea may
become bitter. For stronger tea, use more herb rather than steeping the tea for a longer time.
Store herbal tea in amber colored or opaque jars, never in clear glass jars.
The potency of the herb may be destroyed by light.
Mild teas can be used daily over long periods of time with no ill effects.
Anise: Protection, purification, awareness, joy. For treating coughs, bronchitis and a stuffy nose, good
breath freshener, digestive aid and relieves upset stomach and flatulence, treatment for colic. Relieves
the discomfort of menopause. Promotes milk production in nursing mothers. Sedative.
Basil: Protection, love, healing relationships, courage, fertility, exorcism. Calming the nerves, settling the
stomach, and easing cramps and good for the bladder.
Caraway: Protection, passion. Mild stimulant for digestion.
Catnip (flavor with mint): Peace. Used to treat colds and insomnia. Lowers fevers, dries up postnasal drip,
gets rid of bad headaches and relieves sore aching bones due to colds and flu.
Chamomile: Love, Relaxation. Calming. Great for digestion, fevers, burns, anti-inflammatory for wounds, and sedative
for nervous disorders. Relieves stomachaches and diarrhea in infants and children (always use in diluted form).
Gentle sleep inducer. Makes an excellent insect repellent, simply by splashing some tea on face, arms and feet.
Cayenne: Excellent flu fighter. Promotes fast recovery, stops internal and external bleeding, said to prevent
heart attacks and also helps with depression and headaches.
Cinnamon: Spiritual quests, augmenting power, love, success, psychic work, healing, cleansing. Digestive aid.
Used for diarrhea, dysentery or general indigestion.
Clove: Dispels negativity, protection, draws money, defrays gossip, vision, cleansing. An expectorant for colds, also
good for relief of nausea or vomiting. An analgesic helping prevent disease and infection.
Comfrey: Safe travel, draws money, healing. Slows bleeding, aids colds, eases burns. As a tea may be applied to
bites, sores, rashes, broken bones, and cuts.
Dandelion: Divination, welcoming, messages. Ground root can be used as a coffee substitute. A tonic and a relief for
common stomach problems. Use a handful of flower tops to 1 pint of boiling water.
Fennel: Purification, protection, healing, money. Employed as an appetite suppressant and digestive aid. Weak
solution can help babies with gas.
Ginger: Protection, Coughs and Colds. Power, success, love, money. (place a few slices of fresh ginger in boiling water) Good for cramps, to
stimulate the digestive organs, migraines and nausea, external stiffness. For pain you can also soak cloths in ginger tea and apply them directly
to the painful areas. A good healing tea is made from a pinch of peppermint, a pinch of ginger and either a pinch of clove powder or 2 bruised
cloves, add 1 cup of hot water and steep.
Ginseng: Love, wishes, beauty, desire. Stimulant, tonic, an agent for prolonged life. Also a mild pain killer,
and improves blood circulation. Reported to successfully treat asthma, bronchitis, cancer, flatulence, diabetes,
weakness, fever, coughs and heartburn, and a mild stimulant. Relieves stress and moderate heart disease.
Lemon: Purification, love, blessings. Sweetens breath. Antiseptic, antibacterial and hypotensive. For chills
and sore throat, the juice of a lemon mixed in a glass of honey and warm water. Stimulates the digestive system.
Licorice Root: Love & Sex. (boil licorice root)
Mint, Spearmint, Peppermint: Draws money, healing, strength, augments power, purification, luck, safe travel.
Aids upset stomachs, flu, and can be used to ease hiccups. Used instead of aspirin, particularly for premenstrual
headaches. Aids the respiratory and circulatory systems. An anti-inflammatory and an antiseptic. Ideal for treating
indigestion,, flatulence, varicose veins, migraine, skin irritations, rheumatism, toothache, and general fatigue.
Nettle: Averts danger, protection, healing. Use gloves to handle so as to avoid getting pricked. High in vitamin C
and iron and can ease asthma and up your energy levels.
Parsley: A treatment for cramps.
Red Clover Tops: Powerful antioxidant, and assists with menopausal hot flashes.
Rose Hips & Hibiscus: Love, friendship, luck, protection, psychic power and divination. High in vitamin C.
Rosemary: Improves memory, sleep, purification, youth, love, power, healing, protection, intellectual.
Promotes healing of wounds, acts as an antiseptic, and can be a mild stimulant. Good for treating flu, stress,
and headaches or body aches. Mental and physical booster.
Sage (sweetened with honey): Long life. Fertility, wishes, wisdom, protection. Can be used to aid digestion.
Thyme: Sleep, psychic energy, courage, healing. Powerful antiviral, antibiotic, and diuretic properties. It helps
eliminate wastes from the body. Is used in treating whooping coughs, warts, rheumatism and acne. Useful for
poor digestion, exhaustion, colds, and infections, and with honey is an effective treatment for sore throats.
Also used as a fever breaker, headache reducer and to be rid of intestinal worms, and also a great insect
repellent. Use both the leaves and flowers. This tea works best for headaches when taken cold.
Turmeric: Added to warm milk it regulates menstrual cycle.
Valerian: Love, calming, sleep. Promotes relaxation while counteracting the effects of insomnia, anxiety,
nervousness, headaches, premenstrual syndrome and menstrual cramping. Gets fighting couples together.
Yarrow: Courage, love, psychic abilities, divination. A very potent healer, it intensifies the medicinal action
of other herbs taken with it. Helps eliminate toxins (good for colds). The tea drunk prior to divination will
enhance one's powers of perception (a touch of added peppermint enhances its action). Also stops arthritis
symptoms such as swelling & inflammation and generally ends aching, sore muscles, stiff joints or back pain.