Whew! It’s hot! And it’s the perfect time to make an ice tea with refrigerant and diaphoretic herbs.
Diaphoretic herbs help to induce sweating and thus release heat from the body.
Types of diaphoretic herbs: peppermint, elderflower, chamomile, and catnip
Refrigerant herbs effectively help to keep you cool.
Refrigerant herbs: lemongrass, chrysanthemum, spearmint, lavender
Here’s a cooling, yin tonic tea to make as an overnight infusion:
2 parts lemon balm, 1 part hibiscus flower,
2 parts peppermint, 1 part elderflower, 1 part chamomile.
Place all herbs in a large mason jar. Cover with almost boiling water and steep on counter overnight.
In the morning, chill in the refrigerator, strain and enjoy!
Recipe submitted by Clinical Herbalist Cheryl Karcher of Hilltop Herbals