cool juniper tea

by KalaLea on April 29, 2011 • Posted in Recipes

Recipe by KalaLea K

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Serves 1 curious tisane drinker

Juniper berries are not only good for making martinis, they can fight the common cold, flu, or even outbreaks that occur with the herpes virus. Yes, I said herpes. Used in combination with other herbs such as uva ursi, juniper tea is also known for treating bladder or urinary tract infections. The berries possess anti-inflammatory properties which means that it can alleviate pain caused by gout, arthritis, and gas (flatulence). The systems affected by juniper berries are the stomach and kidneys.

Oh yes, while doing research on juniper berries, I found this note:
If you have been using juniper berry teas for several weeks and your urine smells like violets, you have been using the herb too long.

You will need:
a whole lotta love and faith (not optional)
1 TBSP dried juniper berries (i kept them whole)
1 cup of hot water
1/4 organic lemon
1 tsp agave nectar or honey (optional)
1 sprig of fresh mint (optional)

PREP it UP!

  • Boil water (each cup serves one person)
  • Steep berries in hot water and cover for 3-5 minutes
  • Place covered tea cup in freezer for 30 minutes or less or simply fill a clean glass with ice

CAUTION: Do not eat or drink juniper berries if you are pregnant or suffering from any dis-ease related to the kidneys.

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DRINK!
Serve with sliced lemon and/or fresh mint. A cool and refreshing drink for a warm day. Happy Spring – finally!

 

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