Nothing to strain! No messy teabags!
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.
Get all the nutritional benefits from the entire herb!
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!
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.
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."
Stephen Harrod Buhner, Healing Lyme, 2nd Edition, page 337
A simple way to enhance your health every day!
I soon began to incorporate powdered herbs into many other foods, discovering how simple it is to increase consumption of these health-promoting herbs on a daily basis.
Simply add ¼ teaspoon to hot water or warmed milk, let steep a few minutes, and drink up!
Add to any beverage – coffee, kombucha, kefir, carbonated water – for an herbal boost!
Add to a nut butter for a tasty dip with apples, bananas, or celery!
Add to smoothies, oatmeal, soups… let your imagination run wild!