Tisane :: Digestive Blend #001

1.0   CATMINT, GERMAN CHAMOMILE, SPEARMINT, SKULLCAP, VALERIAN
0.5   LICORICE
a.    CATMINT: carminative, anti-spasmodic, diaphoretic, sedative, astringent.
      G. CHAMOMILE: anti-spasmodic, carminative, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antiseptic, vulnerary, aromatic, bitter, diaphoretic, emmenagogue, nervine, sedative, tonic.
      SPEARMINT: carminative, anti-spasmodic, aromatic, diaphoretic, anti-emetic, nervine, analgesic, anti-catarrhal, anti-microbial, emmenagogue, rubefacient, stimulant.
      SKULLCAP: nervine, tonic, sedative, anti-spasmodic, analgesic, hypnotic.
      LICORICE: expectorant, demulcent, anti-inflammatory, adrenal agent, anti-spasmodic, aperient, emullient, pectoral, tonic.
b. Indicated for the relief of digestive upset, especially as caused by sustained tension.
c. This tisane has a lovely bright, sweet but light taste. Refreshing served hot or cold, I highly recommend as a morning cold brew. The spearmint pairs quite well with the catmint and valerian, balanced by the skullcap and chamomile; and the licorice adds a hint of sweet that does not overpower.
d. RECIPE:
      Equal parts all but licorice, for which half as much is called for.
e. NOTES:
      For a more pronounced anti-emetic effect, consider adding lavender, fennel, or meadowsweet.
      For a more pronounced analgesic effect, consider adding passionflower, hop, or lady’s slipper.
      For a more pronounced anti-inflammatory effect, consider adding meadowsweet, black willow, ginger, or ceylon cinnamon. Personally I enjoy ginger and ceylon at half portion; it produces a sweet, spicy flavour profile.
      For a more pronounced anti-spasmodic effect, consider addingcramp bark, lady’s slipper, or vervain.
      For a more pronounced carminative effect, consider adding sage, balm, fennel, ginger, or ceylon cinnamon.
      For a more pronounced demulcent effect, consider adding comfrey, Irish moss, marshmallow, mullein, or slippery elm. Marshmallow and slippery elm impart a lovely smooth mouthfeel.
      For a more pronounced nervine effect, consider adding balm, cramp bark, lady’s slipper, lavender, passionflower, or vervain. Personally I enjoy the earthy, sweet flavour of cramp bark and lavender at half portion.

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