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Herbs for Digestion, Some Recipes
posted on Monday, November 13th 2017 8:45 pm

This past weekend I had the honor of speaking at the WHN! Expo in Carbondale, Illinois. I chose the topic of digestion and worked really hard to make a 1 1/2 hour class 45 minutes long, talk about challenges!

I’ve decided to share a few of my favorite digestive blend recipes with my email list. I hope you find them useful!

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Digestive Blend Salad

What if your food could be your medicine? Well, it can. And it may surprise you to discover that the herbs in your kitchen cabinet all have medicinal uses too!
This salad combines a myriad of digestive herbs to make a delicious digestive salad.Depending on the time of year, some of these may be easier to find than others. Spring is a great time to have an abundance of these plants growing in your back yard but there are still some of these growing right now for us.

Proportions are not extremely important, just think about the properties of the plant as you pick and add them in. For instance, Dandelion leaves are a bit bitter so you might not want to add as many leaves as the rest.

Digestive Blend Salad

Dandelion leaves (and flowerheads shredded if they are blooming)
Peppermint or spearmint leaves
Lemon balm leaves
Fennel leaves
Chickweed (aerial parts)
Violet leaves and flowers (when in season)
Plantain leaves
Calendula flowers
Marshmallow flowers

Mix together and serve with an infused oil and vinegar dressing of your choosing.


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Digestive Tea Blend

This tea is a great tea any time of day. It is warming, a bit spicy (add more pepper for a spicier blend) and delicious. Finish with some honey and cream for a truly decadent tea.

In a jar combine:

1 cup Roasted Dandelion Root
6 Tbsp Fennel or Anise seed
1 tablespoon green Cardamom pods
1 tablespoon Cloves
6 Cinnamon sticks crushed
2 Tbsp dried Ginger root
1 1 /2  tsp black Peppercorns
12 Bay leaves broken into pieces

Add 1 tbsp mixture per cup of water, simmer for 10-15 minutes then steep for 5-10 minutes.

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