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October 2015



How to Make Herbal Teas

Written by , Posted in Herbs, How To


We see a lot of herbs come through our kitchen. Most from the weekly Abundant Harvest Organics box, a few from my garden. Many of them are the perfect compliment to soups, pastas, or pizza. Some stand on their own as the star in dishes like pesto. Last summer I tackled cold drinks using some of our favorite herbs. Now that we’re in the full swing of fall, let’s sip some tea together.


I will admit that I’m not a big tea drinker, although I like it a lot more than I used to. In the past, I only drank tea when I was sick, giving it a negative connotation. I have now found some teas that I really enjoy, no matter how sick or healthy I’m feeling.


One of my favorite uses for tea is as a stress reliever. Just the act of sipping a hot beverage is soothing. But, even more than that, many herbs are known to be relieve stress. Some that are more commonly known are lavender and chamomile. But, basil and lemon balm can be added to that category too.

Here are a few things that some of my favorite herbs are known for:


A part of the mint family, lavender is said to aid with sleep and relaxation and to be anti-inflammatory.


I love it for its taste and smell. It’s a big part of some of my favorite dishes. But, basil is also known to be a digestive aid, to help with headaches, and poor circulation. It’s also said to be an antioxidant, anti-viral, antimicrobial, and a stress reliever.


My go-to tea when I’m not feeling well, chamomile is known to aid digestion, relieve hay fever, anxiety, inflammation, muscle spasms, insomnia, ulcers, menstrual cramps, and gastrointestinal disorder.

Lemon Balm

Another member of the mint family, lemon balm is said to soothe jittery nerves, improve mood and mental performance, relieve stress, and contain antioxidants. (It’s also used by some as a mosquito repellant.)


I haven’t tried rosemary in a tea, but it’s supposed to help relieve gas and colic (although too many cups/day could irritate the stomach).


Another favorite of mine when cooking, thyme is said to help alleviate lung congestion. It’s also said to be helpful for gastrointestinal problems.


One of my favorite herbs to grow, because of how easy it is and how much I use it, mint is known to stimulate digestion, help alleviate hay fever, nausea, stomach ache, and irritable bowel syndrome, and it is also said to be an antioxidant.


Tea Parings 

I’ve come up with a few ideas for herbs that I think might taste good together in a tea.* I’ve added a few extras, like honey and citrus, where I think they’d be especially nice.

To Soothe

basil + mint + lavender + chamomile + honey

basil + mint + lavender + chamomile + lemon balm

lavender + basil + lemongrass

lavender + orange zest + cinnamon

For the Tummy

lavender + thyme + mint

basil + chamomile + mint

mint + ginger + lemon zest

basil + ginger + thyme + lemon

mint + ginger + lemon zest

Under the Weather 

lemongrass + ginger + cayenne + honey

rosemary + lemon balm + thyme + honey + cayenne

thyme + cayenne + honey + lemon zest + lemon juice

chamomile + thyme + mint + honey + lemon juice

thyme + basil + lemon balm

Just Because

rosemary + lemon balm + mint

mint + lemon zest + honey

Tea can be made tea with fresh and dried leaves. It can be hot, cold, or somewhere in-between. Tea can be comforting, invigorating, and healing… Now I think I’ll go make myself a cup.

Happy Sipping

*If you are pregnant (or trying to conceive), nursing, have health conditions, or take medication that may be interfered with, please consult your health care professional before using. Possible health benefits of herbs are my opinions and ideas, based on the research that I’ve done, but are in no way intended to replace the advice of a qualified health care professional.
The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods by Michael Murray, N.D., and Joseph Pizzorno, N.D., with Lara Pizzorno, M.A., L.M.T., Atria Books 2005
Reader’s Digest Foods That Harm Foods That Heal, The Reader’s Digest Association, Inc. 1997



April 2015



Chamomile and Honey Pancakes

Written by , Posted in Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Eggs, Fruit, Gluten Free, Herbs, Kid-Friendly, Lunch, Main Dishes, One Dish Dinners, Quick and Easy, Vegetarian


I’ll let you in on a secret. I don’t really love tea. Ugh, I know. It annoys me too. I try. And really, I’ve come a long way. I drink it occasionally and usually enjoy it. But, the problem, especially with chamomile tea, is that I drink it when I’m sick. Negative association issues here.

So, I needed something to do with chamomile that doesn’t involve sickness, sniffles, or a stuffy head.


I’m pretty excited about this recipe, because it can be hard to be creative with something that’s we only use for one thing. I took my ideal chamomile tea, which always has a big scoop of honey, and a good squeeze of lemon, and turned it into gluten-free cornmeal pancakes.

This is an idea I can get behind.


I used my basic cornmeal pancake recipe, but used honey instead of maple syrup. The batter comes together in no time. It’s a simple dry ingredients whisked together first, wet ingredients whisked together second kinda recipe. They get mixed separately so that they combine properly – no pockets of baking soda please!


They don’t need long to cook, so this makes for a super quick meal. About a minute or less per side will do.


I like to make them small, so they’re easier to flip. About 2-3 T of batter will is perfect. You could even do less and make super minis. The kids might like that. Ok, I’d like that too. Then you can eat like 8 of them, which is way more fun to say than saying you ate 2.


For serving, I liked them with just honey and lemon, but they were even tastier with some homemade Blueberry Jam, chopped apples (or whatever fruit is in season), a drizzle of honey, and a squeeze of lemon. They were also great the next day with some nut butter, Greek yogurt, and jam.


I think pancakes make for a great meal any time of the day. They’re quick, easy, and you can customize them to suit your family’s tastes.

Happy Eating!

Chamomile and Honey Pancakes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 4 minutes

Total Time: 14 minutes

Yield: 2

Chamomile and Honey Pancakes


  • 1/2 C cornmeal
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1 T lemon zest, diced
  • pinch salt
  • 1 t dried chamomile
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 T honey
  • 1 t coconut oil (plus more for cooking)
  • 1/4 C buttermilk (or 1 T white vinegar and pour in milk to 1/4 C, stir with a fork and let sit 5 min)
  • jam, for serving
  • apple (or cherries, berries, peach, plum, orange, apricot) chopped, for serving
  • lemon juice, for serving
  • honey, for serving


  1. Whisk together cornmeal through chamomile. In a separate bowl whisk egg through buttermilk. Add wet ingredients to dry. Stir to combine.
  2. Heat a skillet over medium-low heat. Add a bit of coconut oil. When oil is hot add about 2-3 T of the batter (to make each one about 2" diameter). Cook for about 1 minute on first side (or until bubbles form and do not pop), then another minute (or less) on the second side. Cook in batches until all batter has been used.
  3. Serve topped with jam, fruit, lemon juice, and honey.