Wednesday, July 18, 2012



Pineapple Mint and Chocolate Mint-Freshly Harvested

I love making my own teas because it gives me the versatility of creating exotic herbal blends, not found anywhere else. I’ve even gone so far as to create my own teas for particular ailments or diseases. I bought a book years ago that has been my guideline for creating teas to help with cancer, intestinal tract problems, nervous system difficulties and a variety of other health problems. The book is called “Healing Teas from around the world” by Syliva Schneider.

Of course, I use the book only as a guideline. I prefer to study effects of different teas and create my own elixir.

When my daughter, Kelli, found out she had multiple myeloma cancer 8 years ago, and after the initial shock, we decided to follow conventional therapy as well as look into alternative methods. Kelli is thriving today and I believe that the teas could have played a roll in her recovery.

You may want to check out an earlier post on how I prepare my herbs. The post is titled “Now is the Thyme” found here

Dried Herbs After Removed From Brown Bags

Basically, I dry my herbs in brown sandwich bags, place them in my car and wait a few days to remove. They dry quickly and impart a wonderful aroma at the same time.

Tea Being Placed Into Small Tea Bags

After the herbs have dried, I scrunch up the brown bags until the leaves are thoroughly pulverized. I remove larger stems and then add them to purchased tea bags that can be found online or specialty herb shops.

I used spearmint, pineapple mint and peppermint tea leaves for my pictures for the post.

The tea bags are then ironed closed and are ready for brewing.
I then place tea bags into zip lock bags with my logo and list ingredients.

The bags Are Sealed Closed by Ironing Them.

Below is a bit about the ingredients and the recipes I used for Kelli’s cancer teas.

Lapacho tea is made by using the bark found on the lapacho tree found in South America. It is reputed to have great results when used for asthma, stomach complaints and cancer and impede the growth of tumors.

Eassiac Tea or Original Indian Essence. This tea was reportedly used by the Indians in southeast Canada and many claims are made touting it as a cure for cancer. The ingredients are, roots of burdock and Turkish rhubarb, sheep sorrel and slippery elm bark. These are herbs that help strengthen the immune system.

Bark and Root Cancer Tea:

1. 1 t. each of the burdock, Turkish Rhubard, sheep sorrel and slippery elm bark or you could buy a box of Eassiac tea with these ingredients sometimes found in health food stores.
2. 2 t. crushed lapacho bark

Mix together and add to tea bag. I use several of these bags in a pot of hot water-let them steep for about 10 minutes or so. Tea is a bit bitter so honey can be added to your cup if preferred. Alternately, if you want a stronger tea, let herbs steep for about an hour and reheat the tea before drinking.

In a later post, if there is interest from my readers, I’ll give more information on methods we used to help Kelli keep cancer at bay. She is and has been in guarded remission for several years now but we, and I say we because I am her coach, continue a strict regimen to insure her continued remission and phenomenally good health. Her oncologist has told us that he thinks Kelli is a miracle case.

Mint Tea All Ready for the Market~

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  1. Just fascinating!!!
    So glad to hear about your daughter!
    Stay well and enjoy the rest of summer!

  2. Hi Cheryl..powerful post..I am a kindred too and feel strongly as well with so my teas being healing and transformative.I am so thrilled your daughter is doing so well..wonderful! hugs! Yes in Canada...the tea is very popular here and wonderful to hear you mention it!I would of course love to hear any info you wish to share on yuru cancer teas etc....sadly if we ask anyone in this moment, we all have loved ones ill with cancer.. and sharing any info is wonderful and appreciated! I drank alot of burdock tea when i was not well years ago and it did me wonders! I love the realm of nature..there is so much magic and healing in it! Thanks for sharing!

  3. I love chocolate mint tea... just the aroma of it can make you feel better. :) I am a firm believer that the phytochemicals of plants have beneficial effects on long-term health so it is great to discover that, in addition to all your other talents, you are also an accomplished herbalist.

  4. Do you sell your teas? I have asthma and sure could use some for that!

    I like the info about drying your herbs. I have heard that you can also spread them out on straw plates (the kind that are supposed to hold paper plates).

  5. Trish July 18, 2012 1:15PM
    This is a wonderful post. I am so glad that Kelli is doing so well!! Everyone that is sick should be so fortunately to have a Mom or someone to take such good care of them as Kelli. In the car is a great idea to dry herbs. Who would have ever thunk it???? hehe

  6. That sounds like a lot fun. You do some great work, tea can be very delicious to drink.

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    Have a great day!
    Michael Lounsbury

  7. So glad to learn about these teas and how you package them. I've never seen that product that you used for the tea bags.

    I've dried various things inside my car, too, especially when I had my hatchback Honda that I called the "Greenhouse."

    So nice to read the guarded good health Kelli is having. Way to go.

  8. Wow, I can't wait to try your technique.

  9. I love the tip about using your car to dry out the herbs! I'm a firm believer in the power of herbal teas and its good to know Kelli is doing so well. Thanks for 'dropping in', I've missed everyone, and am very glad to be back in circulation again.x

  10. How interesting. I am going to try this. I have already packaged up the book for someone else however if you ever see a book that interests you let me know as I give away many of my books.

  11. I believe that it is allways the right way to use alternative methods (additional to school- medicine).
    I am a herbal- witch myselfe.
    I finished my moon painting.
    It shows, what I mean.
    have a great day

  12. I love making tea too, but so far i just make mine from fresh leaves, the car idea sounds good though! I have been planning a post about my tea garden pot lately, maybe i will get to it next week... Thanks for sharing, you also have inpired me to try sprouts again as well.

  13. Quite a few years ago, I was in a market and an older woman started talking to me about herbs. She said that since she began using herbs in her cooking, several years earlier, both she and her husband had noticed improved health. Prior to that time, her husband had heart disease and several other ailments. But since using the herbs, his health improved dramatically ... and the herbs were the only thing that changed in their life. I've always used herbs in cooking because I just love the bright flavors ... but it's so good to know that they also have powerful medicinal qualities.

    I'm so glad that your daughter is doing well ... and I'm sending positive energy her way. I love that you are her "coach" ... not only will your teas help her, your positive attitude and mother's love will definitely keep her healthy!

  14. Fabulous, thanks for sharing your science!
    Hugs Anja

  15. Cheryl, I'd glad to hear your daughter is doing so well today...her diagnosis would have been quite a scare. Do you keep the brown bags of drying herbs in your car because it's warmer and therefore hastens the drying process?? Thanks so much for this very informative and helpful post. I pray Kelli continues to keep that cancer at bay...I'm sure she will with having such a great coach.

    Serena x

  16. Very interesting post Cheryl!!! And I am so glad your daughter is well at the moment.

  17. Love this post Cheryl, I had the last stage pre-cancerous cells earlier this year. Nice to know there are ways we can improve health herbally x Shared on Pinerest x

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