Mugwort Tea from Swan Valley Herbs

Fennel seed

by Cat, May 25, 2017 (Image, right, from Wikimedia Commons)

Swan Valley Herbs is an old-fashioned apothecary shop specializing in dried herbs, tinctures and salves, owned by Tom Tracey in Bigfork MT (1). I’ve been using this herbal mix – one of their biggest sellers – for about 10 years, to keep my candida overgrowth under control. Its flavor is a bit off-putting until you get used to it, and now I actually like it. The ingredients include the following dried herbs:

  • Mugwort,
  • Pau D’Arco,
  • Slippery elm, and
  • Fennel seeds.

It’s the latter’s licorice flavor that overrides the off-putting flavors of the others, as you get used to it. I include the instructions to brew the tea (about 5 cups worth), below.

See also: 1. Healing Herbs, Oils and Remedies Menu

Brewing mugwort tea

The following are from the instructions in one package of Mugwort Tea Blend #2 (1). I take 8 oz, 3-times daily; at that dose, one batch lasts about 2 days.

  1. Measure 1 ½ quarts plus 2 ounces* of filtered water to a boil. DO NOT USE AN ALUMINUM POT.
  2. Once it comes to a boil, turn it down to lowest heat.
  3. Stir in the bulk herbs until completely submerged in the water.
  4. Cover and allow to simmer gently for at least 30 minutes, stirring 1 – 2 times during the simmer.
  5. Remove from heat and cool, before straining through a cotton cloth and wringing excess liquid our of the herbs.
  6. Makes about 1 ½ quarts tea
  7. Store 2 – 3 days in clean glass jars/bottles in the refrigerator.
  8. Dosage: 1 cup (8 oz) 2 – 4 times daily before meals.

*NOTE: The above amounts are from 2008. It has since been updated to using only 1 ¼ quarts (5 cups) of filtered water to make about 1 quart tea. Not sure why the change; I continue to use the old method.

References:

  1. Swan Valley Herbs, 429 Grand Ave; Bigfork MT 59911; owner: Tom Tracey

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