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This herbal tea recipe can be drunk on its own (with stevia & non-dairy milk), or it can be turned into a protein-rich, hot chocolate herbal elixir!
Herbal Tea (Decoction)
To Make the Decoction: add all the herbs with the water in a glass or ceramic pot. Stir with a ceramic or wooden spoon to ensure all the herbs get under the water. Let come to a boil, then simmer on low 30-45 minutes to reduce to half (3 cups). Strain out herbs using a fine mesh sieve. The tea is ready to drink. If you like, you can make a second brew by using another 6 cups of water. The tea will be weaker in taste, but still potent medicinally. When the herbs are cool enough to handle, squeeze them to extract more tea, then compost them. Tea can be refrigerated up to 3 days.
To Make the Herbal Elixir: add 1 cup of the decoction plus the rest of the ingredients in a glass or ceramic pot, stirring to dissolve. If your tea is piping hot, add all the ingredients and stir to dissolve. You can also blend everything in a blender. Add stevia to sweeten and any unsweetened non-dairy milk, if desired.
If you have leaky gut, you know that it can be tricky to treat. Leaky gut is a form of inflammation, what is refereed to as damp heat in Chinese medicine. The liver is often the culprit, although many other bodily systems are often affected.
The tea has a cooling, detoxifying energy. It helps to tamp down on inflammation, and to help the liver purify the blood and remove toxins. Besides leaky gut, it can be used to help clear bacterial infections, lymphatic congestion, and skin eruptions.
All of the main herbs ---Echinacea, Pau d'arco, Yellow Dock, Sarsaparilla, HoneySuckle, Forsythia and even Bupleurum--- are to help the liver with detoxifying the blood. Shiitake mushroom and Turmeric help to boost the immune system and are anti-inflammatory. Mint adds to the cooling effect of the formula while Licorice helps to balance the taste of the bitter herbs.
The tea, FYI, consists of 2 formulas that were added together and adapted by Michael Tierra in the book Planetary Herbology.
To change the taste of the tea, you can try the herbal elixir recipe. When you have leaky gut, you want to replenish the intestinal mucosal lining, which is what Marshmallow and Slippery Elm are meant to do. They are best taken as powders, however if you only have whole Marshmallow root, add 1-2 TBSP to the pot with the rest of the herbs and boil it down.
Protein also helps to repair the lining, and pea protein has been shown to be a good choice as it is hypoallergenic. Greens are both cooling, detoxifying and a good source of protein, as is mesquite, which is a legume that has a caramel-like taste. Carob is also a legume, and the un-toasted powder has a chocolate-like taste that is used to replace cocoa. Toasted carob, on the other hand, has a bitter taste and is acidic. If you do find yourself reacting to either the carob or mesquite, simply omit them or stick with just the tea.
Final tidbit: If you find the tea too rich, simply dilute it with water before drinking.
As always, Enjoy :)
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Labels Used in Recipes:
CF- Corn Free
DF- Dairy Free
EF- Egg Free
FF- Fat Free
GF- Gluten Free
GRF- GRain Free
MF- Meat Free
NUTF- NUT Free
SALF- SALt Free
SOYF- SOY Free
SUF- SUgar Free
YF- Yeast Free
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