Counseling Sheet

Learn to Make Your Own Tea

Agatha M. Thrash, M.D.
Preventive Medicine

There are many herbal teas that have a slight tonic effect or medicinal use. These teas can be beneficial in certain disorders. We promote familiarity with these teas and their use, instead of using the irritating teas such as pekoe, colas, and coffee. The caffeine in these teas is mutagenic, causing changes in cells that can bring about abnormalities in the children. Further, caffeine is irritating to the nerves; it is dehydrating to certain body tissues while promoting swelling of feet and fingers. It causes one to be unsteady on the feet, and it irritates and congests the stomach and bowel. The pancreas and heart are adversely affected by caffeine, and children are made hyperkinetic.

Unless special instructions come with the tea, use the following directions:

1. Bring 1 cup of water to boiling.

2. Add 1 teaspoon of the leaves, or 1/2 teaspoon of powder.

3. Cover and set off the fire to steep for 15 minutes.

4. Strain and drink fresh for most teas. Some can be stored.

Teas may be taken between meals, as can water. It is not wise to drink generously of either water or tea while very hot and thirsty. Take only 3-4 ounces at first until you are cooled so that the stomach will not cramp. Never lie down after eating for 1-2 hours, if possible; but one may lie down within a few minutes after drinking clear tea or water.

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Uchee Pines Lifestyle Center
30 Uchee Pines Road #75
Seale, Alabama 36875