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 their Mugwort Tea 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. He has two different recipes; the one he suggested for me is Mugwort Tea #2. Its ingredients include the following dried herbs (sorry, I don’t know the relative amounts):
- 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.
- Measure 1¼ – 1½ quarts (5 – 6 cups)* of filtered water to a boil in a stainless-steel or ceramic-coated pot. DO NOT USE AN ALUMINUM POT.
- Once it comes to a boil, turn it down to lowest heat.
- Stir in the bulk herbs until completely submerged in the water.
- Cover and allow to simmer gently for at least 30 minutes, stirring 1 – 2 times during the simmer.
- Remove from heat and cool, before straining through a cotton cloth and wringing excess liquid our of the herbs.
- Makes about 1 ½ quarts tea
- Store 2 – 3 days in clean glass jars/bottles in the refrigerator.
- Dosage: 1 cup (8 oz) 2 – 4 times daily before meals.
*NOTE: When he originally subscribed the tea for me in 2008, it required “1½ quarts plus 2 ounces” filtered water to make about 1 quart tea. In 2017 he reduced the amount of filtered water to 1¼ quarts. Not sure why the change; start with 1¼ quarts water; if that is too strong, add another cup (for total of 1½). I use the greater amount, as that is what is familiar to me.
- Swan Valley Herbs, 429 Grand Ave; Bigfork MT 59911; owner: Tom Tracey