DIY Heart-Shaped Herbal Tea Bags

These DIY heart-shaped herbal tea bags are a simple and fun way to make tea time a little more special. Your kids will love it!

Herbal tea is an excellent treat for any occasion. I’m one of those moms that enjoys adding little touches to make special days even more special, or surprise my kids with an impromtu tea party. And these heart-shaped tea bags make any tea time occasion even more special!  They are so simple and fun to make! Sure it takes a little more effort and time to make them instead of using plain tea bags, but kids think mom is a rock star when she makes an effort to do crafty things with them, and the memories last forever!
 
Some ideas for using these DIY tea bags:
  • Valentine’s Day gifts
  • Mom’s-to-be
  • New moms
  • A tea party with your children
  • A birthday party for your daughter and her friends

Items needed:

  1. Material of choice: empty tea bags (easiest option)/coffee filters/cheesecloth/or cotton muslin
  2. Heart template
  3. Loose herbal tea
  4. Needle and thread
 Delicious herbal tea ideas to use:

Another great idea it to make the time more educational by telling your children what these herbs are good for while you are making and filling the tea bags. Here is some simple educational information you can share with them depending on which tea you choose:

  • Roses are good for relieving sress and can be used externally to heal wounds. It’s important to emphasize that roses bought at a flower shop are not what you want to use, but those that are grown more ethically for medicinal purposes or are growing in the wild (like I use in Wild Rose Jelly) .
  • Lavender is also a good calming herb and relieves headaches.
  • Rosehips (included in the Very Berry Citrus and Island Breeze Rooibos listed above) is very high in vitamin C and the perfect herb to consume when sick.
  • Rooibos helps fight aging, colds, and infections
  • And the list could go on and on with the herbs in the tea mixes listed above!

It’s important to note that while these herbs can be used as “remedies”, they are great to consume for just pleasure or every day health as we do any food. 

DIY Heart-Shaped Herbal Tea Bags

First, trace your heart template on paper or cardboard.  If you trace directly on your tea bag/fabric, you’ll most likely have traces of ink left after you cut it out. We don’t want ink in our tea! I used a cookie cutter. Hold up your cookie cutter/template to the tea bag to make sure it is not bigger than your tea bag.
 
 
Place the heart template on the tea bag, trace the heart, and cut out.
 
 
Sew around the heart, leaving a space open to place the herbs in.
 
 
Fill the heart with one teaspoon of herbs/herbal tea mix of choice.
 
 
 Sew up the heart.  Attach a string and a label at the end, if desired.
 
 
Have fun making these with your children! You both will cherish the memories.
 
 
Enjoy your cup of tea!
 
 
Have you made a fun heart-shaped craft with your children for Valentine’s Day?  I would love to hear it in the comments below!

Homemade Tea Blend for Inflammation and Digestion

 

Today I’m sharing a nutritious tea blend put together by my good herbal friend, Erin. She shared this with me and I am really enjoying it!  Not only is this nutritious, it’s also delicious! 

It’s often hard to decide what to even name a tea blend because each herb has so many uses. For instance, this tea blend is really good for the hormones, immune system, tummy troubles, inflammation, and more! It was put together specifically for problems with inflammation and indigestion, but it helps in so many other ways. It can even be used to sip for enjoyment. However, echinacea is not recommended to be consumed for more than 2 weeks at a time, so be sure to take a break every few weeks anytime you are taking echinacea.

Homemade Tea Blend for Inflammation and Digestion | Jills Home Remedies | Give this nutritious tea blend a try to naturally help your inflammation and digestion!

Herbal Tea Blend for Inflammation and Digestion

Ingredients

1 part Red Raspberry (buy here)
1 part Echinacea (buy here)
1 part Peppermint (buy here)
2 parts Red Clover (buy here)

Directions

  • Mix herbs together in a container in the amount you desire.
  • Place 2 tsp. of herbal mixture in a cup of boiling water.
  • Remove from heat and cover.
  • Steep 5-15 minutes.
  • Drink hot or over ice!

If you don’t know how to measure herbs in parts, read this post here.

As I’ve said, this tea mix does help with inflammation and digestion, but let’s look at the other health benefits you’ll be getting with these herbs:

Red Raspberry: Full of vitamins and minerals. Also GREAT for the entire female reproductive system, pregnancy and nursing mothers. Beneficial for men and all ages too.
Red Clover Excellent source of calcium, chromium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium; a blood purifier.  Used to treat cancer, rheumatism, jaundice, inflammatory skin conditions, spasmodic dysmenorrhea and bronchitis.
Echinacea: Infection fighter and powerful natural anti-biotic.  It stimulates activity of the cells that are responsible for fighting many infections.  It increases the amount of T-cells in the bloodstream.
Peppermint: Good for colic, minor bloat, and all digestive problems.  Aids headaches.

Homemade Tea Blend for Inflammation and Digestion | Jills Home Remedies | Give this nutritious tea blend a try to naturally help your inflammation and digestion!

Homemade Tea Blend for Inflammation and Digestion
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Ingredients
  1. 1 part Red Raspberry
  2. 1 part Echinacea
  3. 1 part Peppermint
  4. 2 parts Red Clover
Instructions
  1. Mix herbs together in a container in the amount you desire.
  2. Place 2 tsp. of herbal mixture in a cup of boiling water.
  3. Remove from heat and cover.
  4. Steep 5-15 minutes.
  5. Drink hot or over ice!
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Do you use any herbs or herbal blends for inflammation and digestion? I’d love to hear about them!

This post was originally published June 1, 2011.

A Tea Recipe for Seasonal Allergies

Do allergies keep you from enjoying the beautiful spring weather the way you would like to? 

Sneezing, runny nose and itchy eyes can all be signs of seasonal allergies. I feel for people that cannot enjoy this beautiful weather because they are so miserable with allergies.

Here’s a simple tea to relieve your symptoms.

A Tea Recipe For Seasonal Allergies

 Ingredients

2 parts Nettle Leaf
2 parts Eyebright
1 part Elder Flowers
1 part Yarrow
1 part Comfrey Leaf (optional)

Directions

  1. Combine the herbs in a container.  
  2. Bring water to a boil and place herbs in the water(1-2 tsp. herbal mixture per cup of water).
  3. Remove pan from burner and cover.  
  4. Let steep 15-20 minutes, or overnight for a stronger infusion.  
  5. Strain herbs.  
  6. Drink hot or cold. 

For adults, drink 1 cup 3 times a day – this will help the herbs work in your system continually and bring relief throughout the day.
For children, consume half the amount as the adult recommendation.

Note: 1 part to 2 parts herb means if you combined 1/4 a cup of yarrow and elder flowers, you would add 1/2 cup of eyebright and nettle leaf.  Mix these herbs in a container and keep on hand to make a tea as often as needed.

A Tea Recipe For Seasonal Allergies | Jill's Home Remedies | Are allergies keeping you from enjoying the spring? Try this herbal tea for natural relief!

To buy good quality herbs in bulk, I purchase from the Bulk Herb Store and Mountain Rose Herbs.        
(If one company doesn’t carry an herb, I buy from the other.)  

Seasonal Allergy Tea
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Ingredients
  1. 2 parts Nettle Leaf
  2. 2 parts Eyebright
  3. 1 part Elder Flowers
  4. 1 part Yarrow
  5. 1 part Comfrey Leaf (optional)
Instructions
  1. Combine the herbs in a container.
  2. Bring a cup of water to a boil.
  3. Place 1-2 tsp. herbs in the water.
  4. Remove pan from burner and cover.
  5. Let steep 15-20 minutes, or overnight for a stronger infusion.
  6. Strain herbs.
  7. Drink hot or cold.
  8. Adults, drink 1 cup 3 times a day - this will help the herbs work in your system continually and bring relief throughout the day.
  9. For children, consume half the amount as the adult recommendation.
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Do you suffer from seasonal allergies? Have you ever tried any of these herbs to help? I would love to hear about it in the comments below! 

This post has been updated from its original publishing of May 26, 2011.