Whether it’s the first day of a woman’s cycle, a week of weary days with a toddler, the demanding months of pregnancy, or just a bleary morning when you’re saying “I just don’t know why I’m so tired!”, instead of reaching for a sweet treat or a cup of caffeine, try a nourishing tea!
A sluggish mind/body or cravings for sweets can often be attributed to a simple nutrient deficiency. Sweets & caffeine will just tend to deplete nutrient stores even further.
In addition to nutrient-dense snacks and meals and restful sleep, supplementing with an herbal tea can be a pleasant way to add some energizing nutrients. Nettles are full of minerals and other benefits, and the Red Raspberry Leaf tea is a rich source of additional vitamins.
Natural Pick-Me-Up Tea
1 tsp. dried Nettle Leaf
1 tsp. dried Red Raspberry Leaves*
1 cup Hot Water
Steep herbs (use a tea ball or bag, if desired) in the cup of hot water, covered, for at least 20-30 minutes. Enjoy warm or cold. (This makes a refreshing tea on a hot summer’s day!)
Sweeten with a tad bit of honey, if you like, but I’ve found the mildly sweet, “green earthy” taste pleasant enough without any additions.
*Dried Red Raspberry Leaf actually doesn’t look very “leafy.” It’ll seem more like a fluffy/spongy moss texture; just add a couple pinches into your teaspoon until it seems about right. You don’t have to be “exact.”
I love seeing the arrival of the spring/early summer nettle plants growing wild in the surrounding forest lands of our area. If you don’t have any growing near you, it can be found in bulk, such as from Mountain Rose Herbs.
This post is part of Hearth & Soul Recipe Exchange at A Moderate Life.