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Herbal Teas to Cool the Skin and Body

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Everything that we put into our body has more effects than just providing nutrients. In most traditional healing modalities, foods and herbs are considered to provide a warming or cooling effect. By consciously choosing those with specific effects, we can influence imbalances with herbal tea.

Cooling herbs, called refrigerants, can provide a wonderful refreshment in the summertime, and assist you in staying cooler.  While it is preferred by herbalists that medicinal teas be taken at room temperature or warm, iced herbal teas in our diet in the summer are a true delight. 

Some ideal cooling herbs for your herbal teas are:

 

Hibiscus

red hibiscus flowers for herbal tea

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Hibiscus is a tropical flower that has a sour/tart taste. Combined with a sweetener such as honey, and iced, it makes a wonderfully refreshing drink.  Hibiscus is high in vitamin C and antioxidants. It is anti-inflammatory and may help to lower blood pressure.

 

Dandelion

dandelion for herbal tea

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Dandelion root is known as a bitter herb. These herbs are generally cooling as well as supportive to the liver. Dandelion is a gentle, detoxifying herb, has potential anticancer activity, and adds a grounding energy to your drinks.

 

Mints

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Mints such as Spearmint or Peppermint, familiar tastes, are cooling and refreshing in a drink. They are easy to grow and a great way to add excitement to a beverage.

 

Lemon Balm

lemon balm for herbal tea

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Lemon Balm is another easy herb to grow in the garden. It’s lemony flavor and scent makes a great tea alone or in combination with other herbs. It is calming to the nerves, great for anxiety or stress, has antiviral actions, and an antidepressant.

 

Lavender

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Lavender makes a fragrant and cooling addition to tea. It calms the nerves and relieves stress.

 

Rose

pink rose in hand for herbal tea

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Rose Petals make a visually beautiful addition to any tea, but they also offer a nice comfort to the heart and a fragrant taste. They are high in antioxidants and cooling to the body.

 

Chamomile

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Chamomile is a well-known herb used for calming the nerves. It has a sweet, fragrant taste that is enjoyed by most people. It is great for relieving digestive discomfort and a perfect tea for those who tend to experience stomach upset with nervousness or stress.

 

Brahmi

 brahmi and white blossom for herbal tea

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Brahmi, or Bacopa Monneri, is an Ayurvedic herb that is calming to the mind. It is great for mind fog, anxiety, or stress.

Try these cooling teas iced or warm:

 

Calming and Uplifting Tea

Elderflowers                        2 Tbsp

Lemon Balm                         2 Tbsp

Chamomile                           2 Tbsp

Rose                                     1 Tbsp

Combine herbs in a one-quart container. Pour one quart of boiling water over the herbs. Cover the container and allow to steep for 15 minutes.  Strain the herbs out of the tea and allow to cool in the refrigerator. Add ice if desired.  

 

Summer Refreshing Tea

Hibiscus                            4 Tbsp

Lemon Verbena                 2 Tbsp

Peppermint                        1 Tbsp

Combine herbs in a one-quart container. Pour one quart of boiling water over the herbs. Cover the container and allow to steep for 15 minutes. Strain the herbs out of the tea, stir in 2 Tbsp of honey, and allow to cool in the refrigerator. Add ice if desired. 

 

Liver Love Tea

Burdock root                       3 Tbsp

Dandelion root                     3 Tbsp

Fennel seed                         2 Tbsp

Place herbs and 1 quart of cold water into a pot and bring to a boil on the stove. Cover, reduce heat and allow to simmer for 20 minutes. Strain herbs and enjoy sweetened or without sweetener. This makes a great morning hot tea or iced in the afternoons!

 

Nerve Nourishing Tea

Great for stressed out or frayed nerves!

Combine herbs in a one-quart container. Pour one quart of boiling water over the herbs.  Cover the container and allow to steep for 15 minutes. Strain the herbs out of the tea, stir in 2 Tbsp of honey, and allow to cool in the refrigerator. Add ice if desired. 

Lavender               1Tbsp

Rose                      1 Tbsp

Lemon Balm          2 Tbsp

Oatstraw                2 Tbsp

Brahmi                   2 Tbsp

Spearmint             1 Tbsp 

Try these teas as refreshing cooling herbs in your drink or soak a cloth in the tea to apply to overheated or irritated skin.  It provides instant relief!

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