ceturtdiena, 2011. gada 11. augusts

Tea time

Summer has been a busy time on green carpet. Not just enjoying sun, swimming, fresh air, clean food and other countryside stuff. We have been also preparing for winter.
Today we packed away a huge basket with brown paper bags, all filled with goodness of summer that will keep us through the cold winter, uneasy stomachs, sleepless nights and just a need of pure cup of tea.
Few of our favorites:

  • Chamomile or Matricatia recutita sin. M.chamomilla L. 
Chamomile tea is used in natural medicine for heart burns, digestion problems, winds, intoxication, kidney problems. It is also great for rinsing a sore throat or for inhalations in the same case. Chamomile is also a great antiseptic herb, so it can be used for rinsing a wound and compresses. It works also for eye infections. It's wonderful for sensitive skin, even eczema, so can be used as lotion and just added to the bath, which is especially good for babies and their bums! This tea is also very calming, therefore good for an evening cup or baby bottle. 
  • Calendula or Calendula officinalis 
Calendula tea is used in case of poisoning or simpler digestion problems, especially good in cases of stomach and duodenal ulcers and for any inflammation. Fantastic to get rid of unwanted microorganisms, also streptococcus or stophylococcus. 

  • Linden or Tilia cordata
Linden blossom tea is one that I can't imagine my winter without. It is the best cure from flu to bronchitis. It has perspiratory, antimicrobial, diuretic, expectorating and stimulating for our bodies properties. Whenever there is coughing or any problem with upper respiratory tract, have hot and regular cup of linden blossom tea with honey- it works wonders. 
  • Mil foil or Achillea millefolium 
Mil foil tea is also one of the teas for cold where it is most commonly used here, however, it is also great for treating various eczema cases and stopping bleeding both external from wounds and internal of stomach or womb. But most often and great success is in treating upper respiratory tract inflammation, so another cup of tea to have when cold arrives!

  • Meadow sweet or Filipendula ulmaria
Meadow sweet tea is anti-inflammatory, perspiratory and anti febrile remedy. It is commonly used to treat cough and also urogenital tract problems. But the most wonderful part is the aroma experience of meadow sweet! It is also very calming and great if suffering from insomnia. Many sleepless nights are in front of us with baby on green carpet. But dried meadow sweet might ease them a little!

  • Woodland strawberry or Fragaria vesca
This summer we managed to save some from eating all of them, and we picked them also for tea. The woodland strawberry tea is good for treating womb bleeding, liver and kidney problems. And the wonderful taste and smell is so uplifting in the dark winter evenings! 

  • Trefoil or Trifolium pratense 
Trefoil tea is another great remedy in case of cough, bronchitis, asthma and such problems as it has expectorating, perspiratory and anti febrile properties. It can also be used in cases of urine infections. 

Along with these teas we have dried quite a lot of various mint teas both as remedies and just because we like to drink them. But mint teas are very common, so on green carpet we have today focused on the most, hmmm, medical herbal teas :) And besides all these fantastic properties we have now seen about each one of them, they all taste great, they are all ecologically clean, organically grown either in our garden or nearby meadows and forests, hand picked. What on earth could be more green than such tea. So we are going to be ready for the winter on green carpet, the strength of summer herbs will guide us through. 

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