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.