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Herbal Teas: 101 Nourishing Blends for Daily Health & Vitality Paperback – January 7, 1999
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"Herbal Herbalists Kathleen Brown and Jeanine Pollak present instructions and recipes for concocting herbal teas for good health and spirit. The instructions are simple to follow, and the recipes have catchy names, such as Raging Moods Tea, Heartthrob Cordial, Kiddie Calm, Hormone Helper, and Yummy Tummy-Tamer Tea. "Herbal Teas" is fun and easy to use. The aspiring herbalist will find information about gathering and storing herbs, and a 38-page reference section details the health benefits of 70 herbs. This book is beautifully designed - photographs abound on the inside, and the cover is virtually exciting. Display this 7.5-inch-square book by your cash register, because if customers open it, they will buy it." -- Ultra Books, Oakland, NJ, January/February 2000.
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Blending and brewing your own soothing, invigorating, healthy, or just plain delicious herbal teas is as good for the spirit as it is for the body! With Herbal Teas' simple instructions and recipes for every need, age, and life situation, even beginners can dive right in for the healing or just for the joy of it.
-- Languid Lemon Stress-Away Tea
-- Post-Potluck 911
-- Sniffle Buster Tea
-- PMS Blues-B-Gone Tea
-- Nurturing Prenatal Blend
-- Healthy Heart's Desire Tea
-- Strong Bones Tea
-- Raging Moods Tea
-- A Pimple's Worst Nightmare Tea
-- Anxiety-B-Gone Tea
You'll also find detailed descriptions of 70 tea herbs with health benefits and brewing instructions, plus profiles of 15 noted herbalists who share their favorite tea recipes.
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I like that there are several recipes for teas that have the same effect, such as energizing blends, and that each of the energizing blends is different. For example, The "Good Morning Blend" consists of peppermint, rose hips, ginger, ginko, rosemary, orange peel and anise. "Stamina City" includes dandelion, sarsaparilla, siberian ginseng, rehmannia, cinnamon and licorice. "Damiana Daytime Delight" incorporates oatstraw, damiana, gotu kolo, lemon balm, and clover blossoms, and "Sassy Root Revival" is sarsaparilla root, Siberian ginseng, Korean or Chinese ginseng, yellow dock root, ginger, cinnamon, licorice and orange slices.
I like that rather than tell you how many cups or table spoons of each ingredient, they tell you how many parts (1 part peppermint leaves, 2 parts oat straw, etc), so you can make any quantity you like.
When I went to buy herbs, I looked at all four energy recipes and bought a few ingredients from each (couldn't afford all of them and some herbs are more expensive than others). Although I haven't actually tried a recipe, I can tell the authors know what they are talking about. The cool thing is, you can tweak things and create your own blends, and you don't have to follow the recipes to a "tea".
Also included is a section on brewing and blending, gathering and storing, and getting to know the herbs. The recipes are divided by category based on what you wish the tea to do for you. For example, there are detox teas, teas to combat acne, tummy aches, female issues, teas for sleeping, and stress, as well as many others.
The book is well laid out and easy to understand. In the back of the book, the herbs are alphabetized with a section about each herb. Each herb gets about half a page describing the history, taste, part of herb used, how to brew it, cautionary advice, vitamins, and there are nice, easy to reference side notes that give the health benefits. The pages have subtle green and blue hues that are pleasing to the eye., and the book is small enough to take with you to the store (about 8"x8" x 3/8".
Each tea recipe has a nice, modest monochromatic photo of the creator of that blend, and a page about her (or him). They don't go over board with the mini-biography. In fact, I would usually get annoyed, but it was not at all bothersome, and in fact, quite a nice, personal touch.You will also find some lovely photos and subtle artwork throughout the book. They in no way detract from the content and are pleasing to the eye.
There is also a nice table of taste characteristics. For example, under the category "sweet', there is a list including anise, licorice, stevia, vanilla, and rehmannia .Included are are 10 taste categories.
This is my first tea book and I doubt I will buy another. This one has everything I need. In fact, using the information presented, I look forward to creating my own special blends to give as gifts for my loved ones, and I am inspired to grow my own herbs to make it more affordable. There are 101 blends in this book, which is more than enough for anyone, but the added information enables one to create infinite personalized blends that work in harmony with your body and senses.