To a Tea: Echinacea, Dandelion, and Licorice Tea

April 22, 2011

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Springtime Tea

Yellow and pink blossoms, warm rain, and birds chirping often denote the season of spring. An itchy, scratchy throat can also come along with the beauty of spring. Make herbal tea to calm and soothe those allergy symptoms that can keep you away from the outdoors during this lovely season of budding!

Why not try the herbs echinacea, dandelion root, and licorice as a healing cup of tea?

Both echinacea and licorice are said to cure an irritated throat. If you are allergic to ragweed, replace dandelion root with another herb of your choosing. I have tried the herb elder with echinacea and licorice; it has had a very pleasant taste.

Drinking a cup of this tea in the morning really does do the trick. Also, the delicate, bitter taste of licorice awakens me. Whether you are beginning to till your garden or going in to work for the day, you should feel rejuvenated and allergy-free after one delightful cup.

To make this tea, you will need a tea strainer. A strainer can be in basket form or metal. Some teapots have built-in strainers as well, which tend to come in handy but can be a bit more costly.

How to Make Echinacea, Dandelion Root, and Licorice Tea

  • Boil 2 cups of water.
  • After the water has boiled, pour it into a pot and add 1 tablespoon of echinacea, 1 teaspoon of dandelion root, and 1 teaspoon of licorice.
  • Cover the water and herbs and let simmer on low heat for 15 minutes.
  • If you have a basket or small metal strainer, rest it on top of a mug or tea cup and pour the tea through, discard the remaining herbs after.
  • Last for personal taste, I add a heaping teaspoon of honey!

I can not guarantee your allergies will be cured by this tea, but I can assure you that the taste will definitely be pleasing.

If you want to discover and purchase these herbs and others, try your local health food store. I think that this summer I will start my own herbal garden to save money.

What types of herbal teas do you make or purchase for your own medicinal purposes?

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Meredith is looking forward to the new beginnings that await her. Decorating and designing are just two of her favorite things to do. She also likes to experiment with different herbs to make the perfect cup of tea for others to drink. When she isn’t busy applying to jobs, you can find her reading books in the woods, and when she isn’t reading, writing.

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Camomile

By Catherine Boeckmann

Thanks, Meredith! I look forward to trying echinacea tea. If I do not include the licorice or dandelion, would that work? Also, do you ever make camomile tea from real camomile? Could you advise on how to make it?

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