Spring to Life with Tea: Sage and Astragalus Tea

Unexpected tea combinations create good health and happy taste buds.

| February/March 2004

Makes 1 cup
This tea is recommended for those who suffer recurrent sore throats and swollen glands. It does wonders after a bout of glandular fever, as it cleanses and clears congestion in the lymphatic system. Bacteria that thrive in an inflamed throat love sugar, because it gives them food so they can multiply, so you also should avoid all foods containing sugar and refined carbohydrates. Sage is strong in taste, antimicrobial and makes an excellent gargle on its own. Astragalus is a sweet and warming immunostimulant herb that encourages healing and tissue regeneration.

  • 2 teaspoons crumbled, dried sage leaves or 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
  • 1 teaspoon dried astragalus root
  • 1 cup boiling water
  1. Combine sage and astragalus in a warmed small ceramic or glass teapot or cup.
  2. Add boiling water and let steep for 5 minutes.
  3. Strain and drink. Drink 1 cup of this tea twice a day for one week. Caution: Sage should be avoided if you have epilepsy.

Story, recipes and photos (unless otherwise noted) excerpted with permission from Healthy Teas by Tammy Safi, © Lansdowne Publishing, 2002, available in North America through Tuttle Publishing.

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