So as I ease my way back into doing anything other than feeding and diaper changes–and of course, staring at Eli (that’s a very important job! er, hobby?)–I bring you a post on a nourishing, calming tea that I just concocted for myself that’s safe while breastfeeding, but won’t increase your milk supply (I’ll post a mother’s milk tea recipe later). And it’s pretty in a glass jar! Bonus!
Completely off the topic of tea, I love my Moby wrap (well, wraps actually, I got two of these lovelies) because in the morning it’s the only way I get anything done. For some reason, I can’t put him down even asleep until the afternoon, but I can Moby him and keep marching…
Here’s a very impromptu pic of me in all my blogging baby wearing glory. So impromptu that I didn’t even pull my shirt all the way down and it appears to be more of my hand towel than of me and Eli… (keeping it real).
But I digress… back to the tea… It’s lovely to help anyone relax, but especially nice to sit down with your little one and enjoy meal time!
- 3/4 cup Nettle leaf
- 3/4 cup Chamomile flowers
- 1/4 cup Dandelion leaf
- 1/4 cup Oatstraw
- 1/4 cup Red Raspberry leaf
I mix it all together in a big tupperware container or mixing bowl. If you don’t want to put it in a jar, the tupperware container gives you the option of simply snapping a lid on it.
This amount, however, will fill a quart-sized mason jar about 2/3 of the way. For an easy transfer to the jar, simply grab a sheet of plain, blank printer paper, roll it loosely width-wise, and stick it in the top of the jar. A funnel works too if you happen to have one. Funny thing, I do have a wide mouth funnel for filling these jars, I just didn’t think of it… and I no longer have the “my brain is pregnant” excuse either… though I hear sleep deprivation is a good one at times.
Then to brew, I just scoop some with the larger side of my tea ball, but it holds right about a tablespoon and a half, or a heaping tablespoon. Brew covered in an 8 oz mug for 15-20 minutes.
And it makes a pleasant-tasting, amber-colored tea. I stirred in a bit of honey for sweetness. Smells great too!
Another option would be to brew it as an infusion. For infusions, I put a 1/4 cup of herbs in a 16 oz mason jar, fill with boiling water, stir and leave for 4-8 hours. Then I strain the tea into a quart size jar and add ice, cranberry juice and sometimes sparkling water. Very refreshing and yummy!