Chasteberry (vitex) is great for relieving PMS symptoms, improving fertility, clearing acne, balancing estrogen and progesterone levels, and many more amazing benefits! Dong Quai (female ginsing) is part of the botanical group which includes parsley, dill, celery, and carrots and has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine to aid in low vitality, fatigue, irregular menstrual cycles, menstrual pain, and overall inflammation in the body.
Do you know the difference? The preparation method used to make this tea is known as a decoction, or simmered tea, used for extracting hard roots, dried berries, barks and seeds. Whereas hot infusions are best used for teas with fluffy leaves and flowers. This is the method commonly used when you place a tea infuser in your cup filled with leaves and flowers and you pour just boiling water over the tea infuser and let steep 3 minutes to an hour--depending on herbs used
- 2 tbsp. Chasteberry
- 1 tbsp. Dong Quai
- 2 Cinnamon Bark Sticks
- 2 tbsp. Chamomile Flowers
- 1 qt. of cold, filtered water
Place chasteberry, dong quai, and cinnamon bark sticks into a small saucepan. Cover herbs with a quart of cold water. Slowly heat the water to a simmer and cover. Allow to gently simmer for 15-20 minutes: add chamomile flowers in the last 3-5 minutes). Strain herbs and reserve the tea in a quart jar. Makes 2-3 cups of tea.