What are herbal powders?
Herbal powders are simply herbs that can be used as food, making them candidates to be consumed and digested as powders, as well as whole foods. I found that using herb powders makes it much easier to consume herbs on a regular basis. I've combined my favorites into blends that focus on their specific properties or on their typical effects on our bodies. Check them out!
What made you think of using herbs as powders?
I love drinking tea. And, as an herbalist, I appreciate the nutritional and healing properties of a variety of herbs. As I was straining and composting my already-steeped-several-times tea blend one day, I started thinking.....
Tea, as you know, traditionally involves steeping or simmering a plant's leaves, flowers, seeds, and/or roots, then straining and discarding those plant parts and drinking the constituents that the water has extracted. However, there are are a variety of healthy constituents that are not extracted by water - and I was tossing those healthy constituents into my compost pile, along with all the plant's fiber benefits.
Then I made and enjoyed a cup of matcha tea, which is finely powdered green tea leaves that you simply add to hot water and drink without straining. Hmmm.... Why not make "tea" with finely ground powder of plants that can safely be consumed when in their whole plant form, and drink it all? Why not indeed!
So I decided to combine powders of some of my favorite herbs and use them when I made tea so that I could consume the entire herb(s), taking advantage of all their constituents. What did I find? A tasty and easy way to make a whole-herb-tea, which quickly morphed into adding (sneaking) those powders into many foods throughout the day, increasing even further our consumption of nutritional (and some say medicinal) herbs.
I felt confirmation several weeks ago when reading Harrod Buhner's book, Healing Lyme, 2nd Edition, page 337. When referring to the use of a particular herb in treating Lyme, he writes, "I prefer the bulk powder - primarily because the acids in the human GI tract are the best herbal extraction compounds that exist, much better than water and alcohol. In consequence, by taking the root in powdered form, you get the best range of constituents; the body pulls from the whole herb whatever it wants. Further, the bulk herb is much cheaper than tablets or tinctures.
Enough said. Drop the mic.
How do you use herbal powders?
Here are just a few of the many ways you can use the powders.
Add ½ teaspoon to 8 ounces of hot water and drink as you would tea — you just don't have to strain it or throw away a tea bag! Yes, the tea will have some powder floating in it — simply stir as you are drinking. Adding some honey helps keep the powder in suspension, and enhances the taste as well.
Add ½ teaspoon to your choice of milk of choice, and the powder is hardly noticeable.
Add ½ to 1 teaspoon to oatmeal, yogurt, applesauce, soup, chili,...
Add to honey to make a tasty spread for toast.
Add to a nut butter to make a tasty dip for fruit, veggies, chips, whatever.
For more details about those ideas and other recipes I've come up with, click on recipes button below.