Herbal Tea Remedies for Medical Conditions

TEA BLEND FOR BLADDER INFECTION
15 grams European goldenrod herb (Solidago virgaurea)
15 grams Rosemary leaves (Rosmarinus officinalis)
15 grams Rosehips (Fractus Cynosbatum, pharm.; Rosa canina, botan.)
10 grams White Willow Bark (Salix alba)
10 grams common Nasturtium flowers (Tropaeolum majus)
10 grams common Burstwort herb (Herniaria glabra)
5 grams Boldutree leaves (Peumus boldus Molina)
5 grams short Buchu leaves (Barosma betulina)
5 grams purple Echinacea root (Echinacea purpurea)
Combine the herbs and store them in a tightly lidded container. To prepare a tea, pour 2 cups of boiling water over 1 table spoon of the herb mixture. Let it steep for 5 minutes before straining it. Drink several cups daily.

SPLEEN AND DETOXIFICATION TEA
10 grams Hemp Agrimony herb (Eupatorium cannabinum)
10 grams Shore Gumweed herb (Grindelia robusta)
20 grams Chicory root (Cichorium intybus)
Pour 1 cup of water over 1 teaspoon of the combined herb mixture. Let it steep for 10 minutes and strain the liquid. A daily dose is 3 cups.

STINGING NETTLE HAIR LOSS REMEDY
Boil 200 grams of fresh chopped Stinging Nettles in 1 liter of water for 30 minutes and strain the decoction. Rinse your head with this liquid before going to bed. Of course, it will not return hair to a bald head, but hair lotions and hair oils that contain Stinging Nettle, Burdock root (Arctium lappa) and Birch leaves (Betula pendula) can strengthen the scalp, increase blood circulation, fortify the hair and prevent premature hair loss. Modern-day naturopathic medicine recommends Nettle seeds as a tonic to stimulate bodily functions in conditions of exhaustion, in times of stress, and during recovery from illness. The seeds are recommended especially for elderly people.
Gather the mature seeds, dry them on a piece of cloth, and preserve them in a cardboard box or cotton pouch protected from moisture. Grind them as needed in a coffee grinder or with a mortar and pestle. Take 1 or 2 tablespoons daily. Add the seeds to baked goods or sprinkle them on buttered bread. You can also prepare a strong tincture from the roots at home. For this purpose, clean the fresh roots, chop them finely, and put them in a mason jar. Cover them with 45% alcohol or grain spirit and let the jar sit for 2 to 3 weeks, shaking it occasionally. Transfer the strained tincture to dark dropper bottles. A dose is 20 drops taken 3 times daily.

A CALMING & STRENGTHENING WINE FOR THE HEART
2 handfuls minced fresh Yarrow herb (Achillea millefolium)
2 handfuls minced fresh Balm herb (Melissa officinalis)
2 tablespoons minced fresh Valerian root (Valeriana officinalis)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 liter of good red wine
Combine the herbs with the cinnamon and red wine. Let the mixture steep, tightly covered, for 3 weeks in a cool, dark place. Strain into dark bottles with a cork or lid. Sip 2 liqueur glasses daily.

LIVER-GALLBLADDER-SPLEEN TEA
Chicory root (Cichorium intybus)
Dandelion root—Radix Taraxaci (Taraxacum officinale)
milkthistle seeds—Fructus Silybi mariani (Silybum marianum, Cardaus marianus). Mix the ingredients in equal parts and prepare them like the other teas described above. A daily dose is 2 to 3 cups.

TEA FOR DIABETICS
Chicory root—Radix Cichorhi (Cichorium intybus)
Dandelion root—Radix Taraxaci (Taraxacum officinale)
French bean pods—Fructus Phaseolisine semine (Phaseolus spp.)
Stinging Nettle—Herba Urticae (Urtica dioica or U. urens)
Goat's rue—Hereba Galegae (Galega officinalis)
Whortleberry leaves—Folia Myrtilli (Vaccinium myrtillus)
Combine equal amounts of the herbs. Steep 3 tablespoons of the herbs in 1 liter cold water; boil it for 5 minutes, remove from the heat, and let it steep for another 10 minutes. Drink 2 to 3 cups daily.

Excerpted from the new book, COMPLETE EARTH MEDICINE HANDBOOK by Susan Fischer-Rizzi with illustrations by Peter Ebenboch (Sterling Publicity; 2003; Sept. 2003; $17.95)