Dandelion Coffee – A Complete Guide (Includes Recipe)

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Dandelion Coffee: A Brief Introduction

Most people view dandelions as a complete menace trying to invade their lawns.  This weed is actually a wildflower that contains powerful natural compounds that can be used to boost overall health.  It can also be used to treat and prevent several health conditions and illnesses.  The best way to obtain these benefits is to consume dandelion coffee.  Dandelion coffee is another name for Dandelion Root Tea.  This is an herbal tea that is made with the dandelion roots.  Dandelion Coffee got its name from the dark appearance and a taste that resembles coffee.  Since Dandelion Coffee doesn’t contain caffeine and it has a similar flavor profile, many people use it as a healthy alternative to regular coffee.

If you would like to see a more detailed account of this amazing tea, you should visit my Ultimate Guide for Dandelion Tea.

 

Dandelion Coffee: A Complete Guide

Appearance:

During the spring or summer, you can probably look outside and see some dandelions in person.  For those of you that have somehow avoided coming into contact with these abundant wildflowers, I am including a brief overview of their appearance.

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One of the distinctive features of the dandelion plants is their bright flowers.  The flower heads are bright yellow or orange, and can be seen from long distances.  The bright colors help attract bugs to cross-pollinate these wildflowers.  The flower heads are commonly open during the day, but they are closed at night. They are usually 1-2 inches in diameter.  Another primary feature of dandelions is their long jagged leaves, which is how the plant got its name.  The flower heads mature into white round seed heads that are called blowballs.  I have included a picture of a dandelion seed head below.

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As stated above, the coffee is made from the roots of the dandelion plant.  Dandelion roots are extremely long and strong, and they make the plant difficult to pull from he ground.  Sometimes the roots can be larger than the rest of the plant.  You can see the a picture of dandelion roots below.

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History of Name

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Dandelion Coffee is another name for Dandelion Root Tea.  It is an herbal tea made with the nutrient-rich roots of the dandelion plant.  The reason the tea is called Dandelion Coffee is due to several factors.  First, dandelion roots that have been cleaned, sliced, and roasted look similar to coffee beans.  The completed tea also resembles coffee and is extremely dark in color.  It is one of the darkest herbal teas that I have ever consumed.  Dandelion Coffee also has a similar flavor profile to coffee; they are both bitter and taste better with an added sweetener.

The name dandelion is derived from the French name for the plant, dent de lion.  This name means “lion’s tooth,” which is a reference to the appearance of the leaves.

Dandelion Coffee Benefits & Uses

I have created a summary of the benefits and uses of dandelion coffee below.  One of the most exciting areas being studied is the ability of Dandelion Root Extract to fight cancer.  Recent in vitro studies have documented significant cancer fighting effects.  If you would like more information, please visit my Dandelion Tea Ultimate Guide.  It contains a detailed analysis and description of each benefit.

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Dandelion Coffee Recipe

This is a simple recipe for Dandelion Coffee.  This coffee can be used as a caffeine-free alternative to regular coffee, and it is much healthier than regular decaf coffee.

Ingredients for 2 Servings

3 Tablespoon of Dandelion Roots (see my review of the best Dandelion Root Brands)

4 Cups of Filtered Water

Honey or Alternate Sweetener (to taste)

Step 1:  Place the 4 Cups of filtered water into a pot and bring it to a boil.

Step 2: Add 3 Tablespoons of Dandelion Roots and reduce heat to allow the roots to steep/simmer for 2-3 minutes.

Step 3: Pour the tea through a strainer to remove any debris and pour into your desired tea cup(s).  Add your honey or desired sweetener to taste.

Step 4: Slowly stir while you allow the tea to cool for 2-3 minutes.  Your Dandelion Coffee is now ready to consume, enjoy!

 

Dandelion Coffee: Summary

Dandelion coffee is actually an herbal tea made with the roots from the dandelion plant.  The roots make an extremely dark and bitter coffee that looks and tastes like regular coffee.  Dandelion coffee is caffeine free and has several health benefits and positive uses.

I highly suggest reading my Ultimate Guide for Dandelion Tea. It is an extremely detailed analysis of this amazing tea!

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Dandelion Tea: The Ultimate Guide (Includes a Free Recipe)

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Dandelion Tea: Introduction

Most people view dandelions as a weed that is a complete nuisance; however, this little plant can pack a positive punch.  The dandelion is actually classified as a wildflower and it is a perennial plant.  Dandelion tea has become increasingly popular and several recent studies have uncovered additional benefits for this amazing herbal tea.  There are two primary methods for preparing this tea, and both of them have several benefits.  The first method uses dandelion flowers (and possibly leaves), and the other uses the plant’s roots.  Hopefully, this post will change your perception of dandelions and transform them from your lawn’s enemy to a useful ingredient for herbal tea.

Dandelion Tea: The Ultimate Guide

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Appearance

Since dandelions are common in most temperate climates, you probably already know what they look like.  For those of you that don’t…

Dandelion leaves can be 10+ inches long and have jagged edges. The flower heads are usually bright yellow or orange.  They are commonly open during the day, but they are closed at night. The flower heads are 1-2 inches wide and consist entirely of ray florets.  The stems are long and skinny and may leak a milky latex when punctured.  Over time, the flower heads mature into white round seed heads.  These light airy domes are commonly referred to as blowballs (pictured below).  For those of you that have seen kids pick these up, you know the name is appropriate.

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History

Dandelions evolved about 30 million years ago and are native to North America, Europe and Asia.  The common name dandelion is actually a butchered attempt at matching the original name of this wildflower.  The French are responsible for naming the plant dent de lion, which is translated as “lion’s tooth.” This is a reference to the jagged leaves that are an integral part of this plant.  The genus name Taraxacum originated from the Persian word tarashaquq.

Dandelion tea has been consumed by humans for over a thousand years.  The first reference of consuming this tea was included in the ancient medical texts of Arabian physicians around 900-1000 AD.  It was commonly compared to leafy vegetables. Over time, the tea spread  to Europe, where the Welsh also used it for its medicinal properties.  The Chinese doctors used dandelion tea to treat several digestive disorders and appendicitis.  They also used it to enhance the milk flow of breastfeeding mothers.

Dandelion tea was a popular beverage for American colonial settlers, and they even taught the Native Americans how to prepare it.  The plant was easy to find, and they also used it to treat several medical conditions. The Indian tribes created their own preparation methods, and these methods varied between tribes:

The Iroquois consumed the tea with large meals to improve digestion.

The Ojibwas drank the tea to prevent and reduce heart burn.

The Kiowa Tribe women consumed the tea paired with pennyroyal to reduce stomach cramps and PMS.

List of Benefits & Uses

Dandelions have several herbal tea benefits that have been shown to significantly impact overall health & well being in a positive way.

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Antioxidants:  Dandelion tea naturally contains several antioxidants.  Antioxidants help the body eliminate free radicals.  Some of the antioxidants found in dandelion tea include sesquiterpenes, phenolic compounds, and flavonoids.  This results in the tea boosting the immune system and increasing overall health & wellness.

Anti-inflammatory:  Many people consume dandelion tea to help with aching joints and muscles.  Consuming this tea after an intense workout can help reduce muscle soreness.  Some people have even used the tea to help with headaches.  The active compounds helping achieve these effects are bisabolol, apigenin, and luteolin.

Improved Digestion: One of the primary reasons people consume dandelion tea is to help detoxify their liver and improve digestion.  Dandelion tea is a diuretic which helps the body’s digestive system eliminate waste more rapidly.  This helps reduce bloating due to water retentionDandelion tea also boosts healthy liver enzymes.  If you feel like your digestion needs a boost, drink a cup of this amazing tea!

Assist Weight Loss:  The boost to the body’s digestive system mentioned above can also lead to other benefits.  The tea also contains active compounds that break down enzymes responsible for absorbing fat into the body.  These two factors lead the tea to be excellent for weight loss.  I suggest drinking this tea in combination with other healthy diet and exercise to maximize the positive weight loss effects.

Reduced Blood Sugar:  Diabetes has become one of the most common ailments, and this condition can be extremely dangerous.  Maintaining a level blood sugar level is very important for people suffering from diabetes.  Dandelion tea has been shown to help keep blood sugar levels consistent and reduce large variations.  The research into this benefit is in its infancy, but the early studies show promise.

Bone Strength:  Dandelion tea contains several beneficial minerals, including calcium, iron, magnesium, and zinc.   These minerals are all effective at increasing bone strength and helps prevent & combat osteoporosis.  This is especially beneficial for older women because they lose bone density at the highest rate.  Consuming these minerals can help you avoid breaking bones as you get older.

Increased Circulation: The iron contained in dandelion tea is a very important mineral.  The iron helps your body manufacture red blood cells.  People with low iron can suffer from anemia, which can cause fatigue and weakness.  By consuming this tea, you are helping your body absorb more oxygen which can help you stay energized.

UTI Treatment:  Many women suffer from urinary tract infections, which are extremely uncomfortable and irritating.  It is extremely unfortunate for those that suffer from them regularly.  Many times UTI’s can be debilitating and make people miserable.   Thankfully many herbal teas can help reduce the occurrence of these unpleasant infections.  Dandelion tea helps increased urination which assist the kidney and urinary tract staying clean.  This makes the chances of an infection much lower.

Possible Cancer Benefits:  Several recent studies have been completed analyzing the dandelion root’s affect on cancer cells.  The preliminary results are promising and exciting.  A study published last year (2016) included in-vitro testing of dandelion root extract that was very effective at inducing “programmed cell death selectively in 95% of colon cancer cells.” There were similar studies completed that documented dandelion root extract’s similar affect on Melanoma (2011) and Pancreatic Cancer (2012).  These studies were completed by the University of Windsor in Canada.  Although dandelion tea wasn’t specifically used in these studies, the chances of similar benefits are high.

Possible Side Effects

Dandelions are closely related to several plants that can cause allergies and allergic reactions.  These members of the same family include ragweed, chamomile, and marigold.  If you suffer from severe allergies, consult with your doctor prior to drinking this tea.  this will help you avoid a potential allergic reaction.  If you are allergic to these plants, or to dandelions themselves, you should probably avoid use of this tea, unless you receive permission from your allergist/doctor.  This tea can also enhance blood thinning medications such including OTC pain relief headache medicine such as NSAID’s and acetaminophen.  Be careful before consuming this tea with any of those medications.  If you are pregnant or may become pregnant, you should also use caution and consult with your doctor.

Dandelion Tea Taste

Dandelion root tea has an appearance similar to coffee, which is why it is also known as dandelion coffee.  The taste is also comparable to coffee, but it is smoother.  The tea is easier to drink because it is less bitter and less acidic.  The tea obviously doesn’t contain caffeine, and it is sometimes used by people trying to quit drinking coffee.  Dandelion root tea blends often include roasted barley rye, chicory root and sugar beet.  This can help add some sweetness to this bitter tea.  I suggest adding your own personal sweetener to the tea, such as honey or sugar.  I enjoy honey because its natural sweetness creates a tasty flavor profile and a wonderful aftertaste.

Dandelion Tea Recipe

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If you plan on using dandelions from your yard or gather them from another natural area, make sure that the weeds haven’t been treated with any chemicals or pesticides.  I would also verify that animals have not recently defecated or urinated in the area, unless you want those flavors added to your tea.

Dandelion & Lime Tea (Can be served hot or iced)

This recipe is perfect for either winter or summer, because it can be served hot or cold.

Ingredients for 2 Servings:

1 Cup of Fresh Dandelion Flowers (No stems or leaves)

3 Cups of Boiling Water

1 Limes, Juiced (you will only need the juice)

2 Tablespoons of Honey (or desired sweetener)

Step 1: Gather 1 Cup of Dandelion Flowers and place them in a colander.  Now, rinse them under the sink with cool water to remove dirt and debris.

Step 2:  Pour 3 Cups of water into your teapot and bring to a boil.  Carefully pour the boiling water into a medium/large pot.

Step 3:   Add the 1 Cup of Dandelion Flowers to the water pot, and allow to steep for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.  This is where the preparation steps differ depending on whether you are serving hot or iced tea.  Proceed to the appropriate steps below:

Steps for Consuming Hot Tea

Step 4:  Use a strainer and pour the mixture into your desired tea cups.  The strainer will remove the debris and soppy flowers from your tea.

Step 5: Add lime juice and honey (or desired sweetener).  Now your tea is complete, enjoy!

Steps for Consuming Cold Tea

Step 4:  Add the honey (or desired sweetener) and lime juice to the pot and continue to steep and stir for 1 minute.

Step 5:  Allow the pot to cool for 10 minutes, and use a strainer to pour the mixture into a pitcher or other container.  The strainer will remove the debris and flowers from the tea.

Step 6: Place the pitcher or other container in the fridge and allow it to cool for 1-2 hours.  The tea is now ready to serve with ice (optional).  Now your tea is complete, enjoy!

 

Dandelion Tea: Conclusion

We need to spread the word and help people realize that dandelions are not evil plants sent by Mother Earth to invade our precious lawns.  These plants can be used to treat several common ailments and conditions.  Consult with your doctor before consuming this tea.

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Camomile Tea: A Complete Summary & Review

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CAMOMILE TEA: INTRODUCTION

Camomile tea is one of the most popular varieties of herbal tea.  The tea is prepared with the flowers of the Chamomile plant.  The flowers can be either fresh or dried, depending on your personal preference.  The plant is a member of the enormous Asteraceae family, which contains a close relative with a similar appearance.  This popular relative is the common daisy (Bellis perennis).  The two primary species of Chamomile plants used for tea are the Roman/English Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) and German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita).

Many herbal tea beginners wonder what the difference and relation is between Camomile Tea and Chamomile Tea.  The answer is straightforward and simple.  These teas are the exact same except for their name; the only difference is the spelling.  That leads to the next question, why is the spelling different?  This question is fully answered in the “Summary” section below.

I decided to make this post to summarize the main facts of this amazing tea.  If you would like to see a more detailed analysis, you can visit my Chamomile Tea Ultimate Guide.  It is perfect for beginners that don’t want to get overwhelmed, and for people that don’t have time to read

 

CAMOMILE TEA: A COMPLETE SUMMARY

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History of Camomile vs Chamomile

This amazing tea has two names.  What’s in a name?  Why are there two ways to spell C(h)amomile?  The tea is made with the flowers of the Camomile plant.  The plant name “Camomile” is commonly spelled “chamomile” due to the roots of the word.  because it derives from the Greek name for this wonderful herb “khamaimelon” which directly translates to “earth apple.”  The Greeks attributed this name to the plant due to its sweet aroma which resembles freshly sliced apples.

The spelling used in this post, Camomile, is the traditional Middle English spelling.  This is the Old English translation which originated in the Middle Ages as the tea spread through Western Europe.  They used the tea for several purposes including treatment for insomnia, fever reduction, and skin conditions.

Benefits/Uses

There are several benefits of Camomile Tea.  These benefits and positive uses include: treatment of sleep disorders, blood thinning, immune system strengthening, cold remedy, skin healing, digestive health, colic treatment, muscle relaxation, swelling reduction, and a decrease in menstrual cramps.  You can see a very detailed analysis of these benefits in the Ultimate Guide for Chamomile Tea.

Camomile Tea: The Ultimate Guide

I highly suggest viewing my Ultimate Guide for Chamomile (Camomile) Tea if you would like to learn more about this tea.  It contains a complete analysis and all of the details for this amazing tea.  It includes the following categories: Appearance, History, Benefits, List of Uses, Possible Side Effects, Flavor/Taste, and a Free Recipe.

Free Recipe

The best recipe for chamomile tea is included in my Ultimate Guide which you can visit by clicking the link above.

 CAMOMILE TEA: CONCLUSION

Camomile Tea is extremely popular due to its sweet taste, pleasant aroma, several uses, significant health benefits, and the ease of finding the main ingredient, the Chamomile plant.  There are two ways to spell the tea.  Camomile is the historical spelling, and Chamomile is more commonly used today.

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Chamomile Tea: The Ultimate Guide (Includes Free Recipe)

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Chamomile Tea: Intro

Chamomile tea is a popular herbal tea made from fresh or dried chamomile flowers. Chamomile plants are included in Asteraceae family.  This family is one of the largest in terms of species, and many of the other herbal teas are made with plants from this same family.  Chamomile flowers are similar in appearance to daisies, which are closely related members of the same family.  There are several species of chamomile flowers that are used to make herbal tea, and some species are annual while others are perennial.  The most prevalent of these species include matricaria chamomilla with common names wild chamomile, scented mayweed, and German chamomile.  This species is an annual plant.  The second most popular species is Chamaemelum nobile, which is also known as English chamomile, Roman chamomile, garden chamomile, and whig plant.  This species is perennial plant.  Both of these varieties of chamomile contain the same active compounds and anti-oxidants that aid relaxation and help recovery from physical fatigue.  You can read more details about chamomile tea below, including appearance, history, benefits/uses, side effects, and a free recipe!

You can read my related post to discover other popular types of herbal tea.

Chamomile Tea: The Ultimate Guide

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Appearance

The Chamomile flowers (pictured above) look similar to the common daisyChamomile flowers have long and stiff stems that are generally smooth.  The plants vary widely in height and are found in the range of 6 inches to 2 feet tall.  The leaves are long and narrow.  The flowers have several white petals (ray florets) surrounding a bright yellow center (disc florets).  The flowers commonly bloom in the summer, and they have a pleasant and distinctive aroma. Some compare the smell to fresh apples, which is how the flower got its name.  You can read more about the name in the history section below.

History

The name chamomile derived from the Greek word khamaimelon, which means “earth apple.”  This is due to the pleasant aroma of the flower, which smells like fresh apples.

The preparation and consumption of chamomile tea has been practiced since Ancient Egypt.  The Egyptians commonly used the tea as remedy to help reduce the severity and duration of colds.  They also consumed the tea to help reduce fevers.  Severe fever, referred to as “ague,” were experienced by Egyptians with Malaria and other deadly diseases.  Ague included chills,  significant increases in body temperature, and intense sweating occurring in regular intervals.  The tea was found to significantly reduce the severity of these symptoms.  The tea consumption practices spread to Rome, where the ancient romans used the tea for similar purposes.  Chamaemelum nobile is also referred to as Roman Chamomile, but this common name is derived from a botanist in the 1800’s that found the flower growing near the famous Roman Colosseum.

Chamomile has other historical uses besides being consumed in a delicious tea.  The Egyptians and Romans also used crushed chamomile flowers as a cosmetic. The Egyptians also used chamomile as an active ingredient used to make embalming oil.  The embalming oil helped preserve the bodies of important members of their society, including deceased pharaohs.

This plant is hearty and grows easily in many areas.  As a result, it has a wide distribution and can be found all over the world.  It is naturally found all over Europe and Asia.  The plant has been introduced to the continents of North America, South America, and Australia. In the United States, it has spread quickly in sunny and well-drained areas.  Many farmers consider the plant a nuisance and treat it as a weed because it is abundant and grows fast in open soil.  The flowers grow near roads and trails as well.

Detailed Analysis of Benefits

Herbal teas have been shown to have significant benefits.  Chamomile tea has several benefits and positive uses.  This is one of the primary reasons the tea has remained so popular.  The common uses of the tea include treating allergies (including rhinitis), stomach ulcers, insomnia, swelling, muscle soreness & spasms, menstrual cramps, and digestive issues including hemorrhoids.   The German Chamomile flower can be rubbed on the lower rectum to minimize inflammation due to hemorrhoids (I personally wouldn’t attempt this).  The tea is excellent at increasing the health of skin and can be used to treat common ailments like psoriasis, eczema, and even chickenpox.

The German Chamomile flower can be rubbed on the lower rectum or anus to minimize inflammation due to hemorrhoids (I personally wouldn’t attempt this).  The German Chamomile has been studied extensively, and results show that consuming the flower in tea form reduces anxiety.  This means that the tea can be consumed to decrease stress and help treat insomnia.

I completed a detailed analysis of medical journals and trials related to Chamomile.  Many of the trials documented several positive effects for chamomile.  Most of the human studies were completed in vitro and there were also animal tests.  The animal studies have documented anti-anxiety, muscle relaxant, anti-inflammatory and cholesterol reduction effects for chamomile.  Scientists are completing advanced research into this subject, and many experts agree that further human clinical trials are necessary before all of the effects are known.

List of Uses

Here is a list of the main benefits and positive effects of the tea:

Treatment of Insomnia – One of the primary benefits of Chamomile tea is that it can be used to promote healthy sleep.  The tea helps people relax and reduces anxiety which can lead to a full night of restful sleep.  The best way to achieve these effects is by consuming the tea before bedtime.

Cold Reduction – Chamomile tea has been consumed for centuries to help reduce the severity and duration of colds.  This is another primary benefit of consuming the tea, and it has been validated in several studies.  The tea can also be consumed to boost your immune system to reduce the chances of getting a cold.

Possible Cancer Reduction – Previous in vitro studies have documented chamomile extracts have reduce the growth and spread of cancer cells.  These cancer cells include skin, prostate, breast, ovarian, and prostate.  The extracts had minimal effect on normal/healthy cells.

Blood Thinning – Chamomile contains blood thinning compounds called coumarin.  This is a natural benefit to most people, but it could be a negative side effect for people already taking anti-coagulants (see Possible Side Effects section below).

Quicker Wound Healing – Several ancient civilizations including the Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians used the chamomile flowers combined with other plants to create an ointment which was applied to severe wounds.  They believed this practice increased healing speed.  A recent animal study found that rats that consumed chamomile extract in water had much quicker healing times.

Help with Stomach Issues – Chamomile tea helps treat several stomach issues.  Drinking this tea has been shown to eliminate stomach aches, reduce IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), and increases healthy digestion. I suggest mixing this tea with peppermint to maximize the digestive benefits.

Diabetes Management – Chamomile tea is currently being analyzed to determine the beneficial effects diabetes management.  Previous studies have documented the effects of chamomile tea prevent diabetic complications including hyperglycemia (high blood sugar levels).

Reduction in Muscle Spasms & Treatment for Colic – Chamomile tea contains flavanoids and bisabolol which have antispasmodic effects and can help with nausea.  Since colic is caused by gastrointestinal discomfort, the tea has been used to soothe colicky babies.  Extensive human studies documented that chamomile tea is effective in treating colic, and these effects are enhanced when the addition of other herbs.  These herbs include mint, licorice, vervain, and fennel.  You can read more about scientific research on colic here (NIH website).

Reduction of Swelling – Chamomile contains several natural compounds including luteolin, bisabolol, and apigenin.  These compounds have anti-inflammatory effects on humans, but the exact method of action has not been analyzed sufficiently.

Treatment for Menstrual Cramps – One of the chemicals found in chamomile tea is glycine.  Glycine helps reduce all cramping including menstrual cramping.

Possible Side Effects

The Chamomile flower is closely related to ragweed.  As a result, it can cause allergic reactions to those who are sensitive to ragweed pollen. It can also make ragweed allergic reactions more severe.  The anti-inflammatory property has caused many health experts to recommend avoiding Aspirin and NSAIDs when consuming the chamomile tea. Chamomile contains the natural chemical compound coumarin which potentially enhances the anti-coagulant effects of other blood-thinning drugs.  Make sure to consult with your physician before consuming chamomile tea to ensure that it doesn’t have an interaction with any of your prescriptions.

Chamomile Tea Taste

Chamomile tea has a pleasant taste which is commonly described as sweet and fruity.  The flavor matches the flower’s aroma; it smells and tastes like fresh apples.  It also has hints of a floral and earthy aftertaste. Many people consider chamomile to be one of the best tasting herbal teas, and it does not require the use of additional sweeteners.

Chamomile Tea Recipe

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Chamomile Tea is made with the plant’s flowers.  The flowers can either be prepared fresh or dried.  I have included my favorite Chamomile Tea recipe below.  This is my personal recipe that has evolved over time, and it makes two great cups of Chamomile Tea.  Feel free to add your own ingredients to this recipe to suit your personal taste.

Ingredients for 2 servings:

2 Cups of Chamomile Flowers (Fresh is suggested)

3 Cups of Boiling Water

3-4 Fresh Apple Slices (Thinly Sliced)

(Optional) Honey to Taste

Step 1:  Rinse the Chamomile Flowers with cool water.  This helps remove dirt particles and other undesirable compounds.

Step 2: Add the 2-3 cups of water to your teapot and bring to a boil.

Step 3: Grab a separate pot and add the apple slices.  Smash the apple slices with a wooden spoon.  This helps increase the apple flavoring.

Step 4: Add the Chamomile Flowers to the apple pot and pour in the boiling water from the teapot.  Gently stir with the wooden spoon for 1 minute.

Step 5: Cover the pot and steep the mixture for 5 minutes.

Step 6:  Use a strainer and pour the tea into  two tea cups.  At this point, you can add honey to taste.  Most people find the tea naturally sweet, so they don’t find honey to be necessary.

Step 7:  Wait for the tea to cool a bit, then enjoy!

You can read about a controversial herbal tea recipe here.

 

Chamomile Tea: Conclusion

Chamomile Tea is a very popular tea that has been used for thousands of years.  Its popularity can be attributed to its price, sweet taste, fruity smell, and significant health benefits.  Chamomile tea also has limited side effects.  This is one of the first herbal teas I tried, and the sweet taste brings up great memories.  It is one of my favorite teas, and I hope it becomes one of yours as well!  There is nothing better than consuming warm chamomile tea surrounded by friends and family.

 

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Opium Tea Recipe – Learn How the Best Opium Tea is Made

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Opium Tea Recipe: Intro

Opium tea, also referred to as poppy tea, has been consumed for thousands of years.  It has consistently remained one of the most popular types of herbal teas.  This herbal tea is made by using parts of the opium poppy plant, Papaver somniferum.  There are two main methods used as an opium tea recipe, and both are discussed on this post.  The first method utilizes poppy pods, and the second method utilizes poppy seeds.

Opium Tea Recipe: A Complete Guide

I decided to make this a complete post detailing this powerful tea instead of only listing the Opium Tea Recipe.

Legal Status

It is imperative to check your local laws prior to attempting to obtain any part of the opium poppy plant (Papaver somniferum).  In the United States, the only part of the plant that can be legally sold and possessed without a special federal license is the seeds.  The pods are listed as a Schedule II Controlled Substance.  Most other countries have similar regulations allowing seeds and banning other parts of the plant.

Background of Use

Historical records and artifacts have been analyzed, and experts discovered that opium tea use began thousands of years ago ~ 1500 BC.  Cultivation practices also began around this time.  Opium tea helps prove that highly desirable products spread quickly even in ancient times.  Opium tea was consumed in ancient Greece and Rome.  Our ancestors originally consumed the tea to alleviate pain, but they found the powerful elixir had other positive affects as well.  They began consuming the tea to elevate their mood and combat depression.  The tea was used for evil purposes as well.  The Greeks combined the tea with Hemlock to create an extremely potent mixture that could be used to kill people.  They used this mixture as a method for execution for citizens condemned to death.  The use of the tea continued to spread and arrived in England during the Dark Ages of the 1500s.  The British eventually decided to export raw opium to China to coerce the Chinese into trade.  By this time, opium was traveling over vast distances thanks to the Silk Road.  The opium sent to China eventually caused an addiction epidemic and resulted in the Opium  Wars of the 1800’s.  The Chinese took their opium habits with them to the new world when they traveled to America to construct the expansive rail network.

Opiate Compounds

The opium poppy plant, Papaver somniferum, holds several opiate alkaloids.  The flower naturally evolved to carry these alkaloids as a defense against predators.  Humans began genetically modifying the plant to carry higher amounts of the desirable opiates.  These enhanced opiates were already the most prevalent active alkaloids found in the opium poppy plant.  The alkaloids are Morphine & Codeine.  Morphine can be used to alleviate acute and chronic pain.

Learn about How Poppy Tea Can Affect Drug Tests.


Free Opium Tea Recipe: Two Methods

As mentioned above, there are two main methods used to make opium tea.  These methods are similar but they utilize two different parts of the plant.  The more traditional method uses poppy pods, and the most popular method uses poppy seeds.  Both the seeds and the pods contain the same active ingredients, but the seeds usually have lower opiate levels.  As a result, they both have the same benefits.  To simplify this recipe, I have combined both methods into one step-by-step guide.

If you would like to see a more detailed guide, check out My Detailed Poppy Pod Tea Recipe or My Detailed Poppy Seed Tea Recipe.  These recipes are much more extensive, and they are also free.

A free video is included below.  You can skip the written opium tea recipe if you prefer watching videos instead.

Getting Started

Before we get started, you will need to decide whether you would like to make poppy seed tea or poppy pod tea.  I suggest poppy seed tea because unwashed poppy seeds are cheap and easy to find.  If you decide to make poppy seed tea, you can purchase the best unwashed poppy seeds via the Amazon Links below (click the pictures to be taken to Amazon):

This is currently one of the best bag of unwashed poppy seeds and is known to make great tasting tea. Six pounds will last a long time, even for experienced tea consumers!

This is a smaller bag 4 lb bag of the same unwashed poppy seeds mentioned above.  These seeds are very high quality, and this brand has maintained consistency.

This brand gives We Got Nuts a run for its money.  This brand, Food to Live, has been one of the best seeds even longer than We Got Nuts. It is more expensive, but most people say it is worth it.

Ingredients & Items Needed

2 Cups of Unwashed Poppy Seeds or 3-4 Small (1-2 Large) Poppy Pods

1/2 Gallon of Refrigerated Water

1 Teaspoon of Lemon Juice

32 Ounce (1 Quart) Gatorade Bottle’

Plastic or Paper Funnel

Drinking Cup

Mortar Bowl (For Pods Only)

If you are using pods, you will need something to crush them with.  One of the best tools is a mortar bowl, but you can use any method to crush the pods that you deem appropriate.  Make sure to crush the pods before you begin the step-by-step instructions.

Step 1

Use the plastic or paper funnel to pour the crushed poppy pods or 2 cups of poppy seeds into the 32 ounce Gatorade Bottle.  Make sure to pour slowly to minimize waste.

Step 2

Next, you will need to add enough cool water to cover the pods or seeds with an extra 2 inches of water on top.  I use cool water because it makes tea the same strength as warm water, and cool water has the added benefit of making the tea last longer.  Warm/hot tea spoils quicker, and spoiled poppy tea tastes disgusting.

Then, add one teaspoon of lemon juice to the mixture.

Step 3

Now it is time to screw the orange lid back on the bottle and prepare to shake it!  Verify that the lid is on tight and shake the bottle vigorously for ~ 5 minutes.  This helps the lemon juice extract the desirable opiates from the plant material and transfer them to the water.

Step 4

Slowly unscrew the Gatorade cap 1/4 turn (90 degrees).  Be careful not to loosen the cap too much; if it’s loosened carelessly then the cap could fall off and make a huge mess.  The Gatorade bottle is optimal for straining the liquid and leaving the plant material behind.

Step 5

Now, hold the Gatorade bottle over the drinking cup and turn it upside down (cap should be closest to the cup).  Gently squeeze the Gatorade bottle resulting in the liquid slowly emptying into the cup.  The plant material should stay behind in the plastic Gatorade bottle.  You can adjust the cap if you are having difficulty, or you can use an actual strainer to separate the plant material from the liquid.

Step 6

Once the liquid is emptied into the cup, the opium tea is ready to consume.  You can add honey, sugar, or another sweetener to the tea if desired.  Some people find the taste bitter and unpleasant.

I usually consume a small amount to start with, then I wait an hour before deciding whether to drink additional tea.  If the whole cup is consumed, another batch of tea can be made.  Make sure to listen to your body and remain extremely cautious anytime you consume herbal tea.

Opium Tea Recipe: Video


This is a video showing How to Make Poppy Seed Tea. You can also visit it on YouTube.

 

Opium Tea Recipe: Conclusion

Poppy tea is extremely powerful and should never be consumed without consulting with your doctor and checking your local laws first.  The tea can be extremely addictive is consumed regularly and/or in elevated amounts.  Remember, most powerful drinks have positives and negatives.  Consuming anything in high quantities is dangerous, but that is especially true with poppy tea.

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Artichoke Tea: Learn the Benefits & Uses of This Amazing Tea (Includes A Free Recipe)

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Artichoke Tea: Intro

Herbal teas have been used for hundreds of years to help with several different ailments and illnesses.  One of the most popular teas is Artichoke Tea.  Artichoke Tea is a herbal tea made from the plant Cynara cardunculus.  The edible portion of the plant is derived from the flower buds.  The buds are cultivated before the flowers come into bloom.  Tea can be made with many parts of the plant.  The plant parts available for use in tea include  the roots, leaves and stem. The leaves from the artichoke bud are the primary ingredient used to make Artichoke Tea.  This plant is a vegetable that grows 5-6 feet tall.

You can discover other popular forms of herbal tea here.

Artichoke Tea: Guide

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History

The Artichoke is commonly found in the Mediterranean region, and was first mentioned as a cultivated plant in the 8th century.  Another common name for this plant is a thistle.  The artichokes were cultivated by the Greeks primarily in Sicily.  The Greeks referred to the artichokes as kaktos.  The cultivation of artichoke spread to Italy and France by the 1500’s.  The Dutch eventually introduced this plant to England, and the English brought it to the United States in the 1800’s.

This tea is currently most popular in Vietnam. The Vietnamese have the highest consumption rates by far.  The Vietnamese refer to Artichoke Tea as tra atiso.

Uses

Many herbal teas have several positive benefits.  Artichoke tea can be used to stimulate liver enzymes and the production of bile.  As a result, many people consume the tea to help with heartburn and reduce nausea associated with hangovers.  It is also commonly used to lower cholesterol, treat irritable bowel syndrome, and help with bladder infections.  Lowering cholesterol can be especially beneficial because high levels of cholesterol contained in blood can result in significant diseases and possibly death.  One of these deadly diseases is coronary heart disease. High cholesterol leads to plaque inside of the arteries, which causes them to be clogged.  If left untreated, the plaque can increase the risk for heart attacks and strokes.

One of the most popular uses for Artichoke Tea is its diuretic benefits. It is considered a diuretic because it helps the body filter toxins and excrete them in the form of urine.  This can help people remove impurities from their body.  This tea is a great way to help aid in toxin and impurity reduction for people with urine consisting of higher water content.  You can tell if your urine has a high water content if it has a light yellow or clear color.  This tea can also help people with kidney disease.

There are some claims made that artichoke tea can help people in other ways.  Since these claims have not been proven, I didn’t want to include all of them in this post.  One of the more interesting claims that shows some promise is that Artichoke tea can result in healthier skin.

Artichoke Tea Taste

Many people describe the taste of artichoke tea as slightly bitter with an earthy aftertaste.  Others describe the taste as “woody.”  This bitter taste leads to many people adding a sweetener when consuming Artichoke Tea.  Honey is a common sweetener included in preparations of this tea.

Artichoke Tea Recipe

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I have included two free methods of preparing Artichoke Tea below.  These two methods will both make a fantastic cup of Artichoke Tea.  Feel free to add your own ingredients to the tea to give it your desired flavor.

The tea can be made from the plant, or it can be derived from the leftover leaves from artichokes that were previously purchased from a local grocery establishment.  As stated above, there are two main ways to prepare artichoke tea:

The First Method

The first method is to actively boil the entire Artichoke pod (also known as the head) in a pot of water for two hours.  Then, reduce the heat and allow the Artichoke pod to simmer for another two hours.

The Second Method

The second method entails removing the outer leaves from the Artichoke heart and boil only the leaves. Artichoke leaves naturally float in water. Boil the leaves until they sink to the bottom of the pot.  By the time the leaves sink to the bottom (once again ~ 2 hours), all of the desirable nutrients have been extracted and infused into the tea. Another way to determine that the tea is ready is the color.  When complete the tea should be light yellow.

In both methods, you should use roughly one gallon of water for each artichoke pod.  Remember, a large portion of the water will evaporate due to the extended boiling times.

I suggest tasting a small amount of tea to determine the level of bitterness.  If the tea is too bitter for your tastes, you can add a sweetener such as honey or sugar.  Some people prefer to add a few squirts of lemon juice to enhance the flavor.  The teas flavor can be enhanced if desired with a bit of lemon or honey, and can be stored in mason jars or canisters with a lid that firmly seals. A good ratio is to use 1 gallon of water per artichoke. If the boiling time is too long, the majority of the water will evaporate. After boiling for two hours, we recommend adding additional water.

Artichoke tea has been enjoyed in various parts of the world for a long time, but hasn’t been as widely popular in the Western world. Nonetheless, the tea is fairly easy to prepare, and provides a healthy drink option with an added blast of nutritional value.

Artichoke Tea: Conclusion

Artichoke Tea is a very popular tea that has been used for thousands of years to help with liver and stomach issues.  It has a slightly bitter taste and is easy to drink with the addition of honey or other sweeteners.  There are two easy methods for making artichoke tea that I included above.  I hope you enjoyed this post and that you’re ready to make artichoke tea!

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Anise Tea: Learn about the Benefits & Uses of this Amazing Tea (Includes 2 Free Recipes)

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Anise Tea: Intro

Herbal teas have been used for hundreds of years to help with several different ailments and illnesses.  One of the most popular teas is Anise Tea.  Anise tea is a herbal tea made from the flowering plant Pimpinella anisum.  This plant is traditionally found in southwest Asia, and it grows up to 3 feet tall.  The seeds are the only part of the plant commonly used to make Anise tea.

Anise Tea: Guide

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History

The name Anise was derived from the early Arabic name for this plant.  The Arabic name was Anysum which was translated into the Greek word Anison and the Latin word Anisun.  This is known as one of the oldest and most popular ancient teas.  The plant has been used for culinary and medicinal purposes, which makes it perfect for consumption in the form of an herbal tea.  Anise tea was primarily used for its carminative properties, which helps reduce gas and bottom burps.  Experts have studied the tea and estimate it was used in Egypt around 1500 BC.  It was also mentioned in ancient Greek texts from this same time period.  The Romans cultivated this plant in Tuscany.  The use of the tea eventually migrated from the Middle east to Central Europe.

In ancient times, the tea was used for protection from evil spirits.  The Romans baked the Anise leaves into a cake that they served during wedding receptions. People also placed the Anise plant on their pillow before going to sleep to eliminate nightmares.

Uses

This tea was traditionally used in Europe to reduce stomach gas, bloating, and flatulence.  The tea is still used for this purpose today.  It is also used for colic and to reduce menstrual cramps.  Some nurses used the Anise plant as an antiseptic during the Civil War.  Unfortunately, it was later discovered that this practice led to a high toxin level in the blood that is potentially lethal.  A bonus use of this tea is to combat bad breath, the Anise plant has a sweet aroma.

Anise Tea Taste

Anise is sweet and very aromatic, distinguished by its characteristic flavor.  Most people state that the tea is similar to licorice.  its oils are distilled into the flavoring for licorice sweets

Anise Tea Recipes

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The two recipes mentioned below each make one serving of Anise Tea.  The first recipe is plain and simple, and the second recipe has some extra ingredients.

Simple Recipe

1 Tablespoon of Anise Seeds

2 Cups of Water

Step 1

Boil 2 Cups of Water in a tea kettle or pot

Step 2

Crush or Grind 1 Tablespoon of Anise Seeds.  You can purchase the seeds already crushed or you can crush them using a mortar bowl.

Step 3

Pour the crushed Anise Seeds into the boiling water.  Allow the mixture to gently simmer for 5 minutes.

Step 4

Pour the tea into you desired mug or tea cup, and use a strainer to help remove the plant material.  Your Anise tea is now ready, enjoy!

Enhanced Recipe

1 Tablespoon of Anise Seeds

2 Cinnamon Sticks

1/2 Teaspoon of Sugar

1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice

1 Tablespoon of Honey

1 Black Tea Bag

2 Cups of Water

Step 1

Use a saucepan to combine all of the ingredients listed above except the Black Tea Bag.  Bring the mixture to a low boil.

Step 2

Allow the mixture to simmer for 5 minutes.

Step 3

Strain the mixture and pour the liquid into your desired serving cup or mug.

Step 4

Place the Black Tea Bag into your serving cup and let it steep for 3-4 minutes.

Step 5

The tea is now ready to enjoy hot!  Congrats on successfully following this enhanced recipe!

 

Anise Tea: Conclusion

Anise is a very popular tea that has been used for thousands of years to reduce bloating and stomach gas.  It has a very sweet taste and is easy to drink.  It is a great tea for beginners and has a simple recipe.

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Herbal Tea – A Natural Way to Enhance Your Mood

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Herbal Tea – Introduction

Herbal tea has been used for thousands of years and is consumed all over the world.  Manuscripts from ancient Egypt and China contain references to the use of herbal tea as a natural remedy.  The tea varieties help many different ailments and illnesses.  Herbal tea is especially popular in China.  In China, it is used to treat colds, fever, headaches and enhance health.  It has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for addressing core issues within the body and mind.

What is Herbal Tea?

Herbal tea is a beverage made from the infusion or decoction of herbs, spices, or other plant material in water.  They can be made using many different plants or naturally occurring substances.  These substances include fresh or dried flowers, leaves, seeds, and roots.  Herbal teas may be made with a single herb or with a blend of herbs.  For the purposes of herbal tea, infusion is the process of extracting chemical compounds or flavors of plant material in water.  Decoction is the process of actually boiling the water to extract the compounds.

Hot & Cold Options

There are two main ways to make herbal tea.  You can make it by suspending the herbs or plant material in cool or room temperature water, or by placing the herbs in boiling water.  The most common decoction method is pouring boiling water over the herbs or plant materials and letting them steep for several minutes.  Another decoction method is to boil the herbs or plant materials in water on a stovetop in a kettle or pot.  The herbal tea is then strained and ready to be served.  Some people then add other flavoring agents like honey to improve taste, and this is a matter of preference.

There are several herbal tea companies that sell small bags of herbs or other plant materials to eliminate the step of straining.   Since decoction is the most popular way to make tea, most people think of herbal tea as hot tea.  It is important to remember there are several teas that do not require boiling water, and that the teas can be served hot or cold.  Herbal tea does not usually contain caffeine.

Herbal Tea vs. Regular/True Tea

Herbal teas are different from regular or “true” teas (green, black, white, etc.) because true tea is infused with the cured leaves from the tea plant (Camellia sinesis).  True teas commonly have caffeine because of the many of the tea plants naturally contain caffeine.  There are decaf true teas that have had the caffeine removed.  Herbal teas as a general rule do not contain caffeine, although some blends that refer to themselves as “herbal” may contain caffeine.  Most experts do not consider these actual herbal tea.

Tisane

Some people refer to herbal tea as “tisane.”  Some historians even feel that the use of tisane is preferable to herbal tea and is more accurate.  They think that herbal tea is a misleading phrase because it confuses people into thinking that they are made using the tea plant.  As I mentioned above, herbal teas are not derived from the tea plant.  I will be using herbal tea on this site because it is more commonly used and easier to identify.  I wanted to mention tisane in case you see it mentioned in other places.

Health Benefits

The health benefits found in herbal teas differ by the variety of the plants or herbs used.  Many of the herbs have significant health advantages if used properly.  Please read my detailed article on herbal tea benefits for more information.

Treatment for Ailments & Maladies

As mentioned above, herbal teas have been used for thousands of years to treat several ailments and maladies.  Examples of ailments the tea has been used to treat or improve include: headaches, migraines, stomach aches, digestive problems (including diarrhea and constipation), certain allergies, colds, and even the flu.

Antioxidants

Many herbal teas are a great source of antioxidants.  Antioxidants are known to enhance good health and help prevent diseases.  They do this by providing support the immune system.  The antioxidants found in the herbs and plant materials used in herbal tea help prohibit and prevent the oxidation of molecules in the body.   The human body naturally produces harmful free radicals.  Free radicals are known to cause a wide range of illnesses and chronic diseases if they are left unchecked.  The antioxidants found in the herbal teas help battle these damaging free radicals.

Vitamins & Minerals

Herbs contain varying amounts of vitamins and minerals.  There is most likely an herbal tea that contains a vitamin or mineral that benefits you.  There is an herbal tea that will work for you no matter what vitamin or mineral you are looking for.  You can make an herbal tea blend to help combine the vitamins and minerals from several different plants.  Some of the vitamins and minerals found in popular herbal teas include calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, Vitamin A, Vitamin C., Vitamin E, Vitamin K.  They also include many of the compounds found in the Vitamin B complex.

Psychological Benefits

These herbal teas can result in many different mental benefits.  Herbal teas can be used to help you relax, increase energy and alertness, improve mood, reduce depression, and reduce insomnia.  It is important to research and analyze the different types of tea to discover which one is the best solution for your individual needs.

Health Risks

Potential for Health Risk

Since herbal teas can be made from basically any plant material, there is the potential for the tea to pose health risks.  This is especially true if the plant matter the tea is derived from has ingredients or compounds that are known to be harmful to humans.  Most herbal teas sold in retail stores are safe for human consumption, but some of the “medicinal” herbal teas may contain chemicals that can be damaging if consumed in large amounts.  Herbal teas can have differing effects from person to person, and the herbs and plant materials themselves can contain varying amounts of compounds.

In the US, UK, & Canada, herbal teas sold must be considered safe for human consumption.  In the US, herbal teas are treated like any other food product and are regulated by the FDA.  Most countries don’t require the teas to include details on efficacy or whether they produce claimed results.

Contamination

Any food product in general has the potential for contamination.  Herbal teas are similar to other natural foods or crops and have the potential to be contaminated with pesticides, heavy metals, or other harmful chemicals.  It’s especially important to ensure that the materials used in your tea are purchased from reliable and trustworthy sources.  Take care and do the proper research before putting anything in your body.  This community contains links for trusted herbal resources.  This is one of the main reasons I founded this website.

Pregnancy

Herbal tea poses potential contamination and health risks to the general population. Pregnant women are especially prone to harmful effects from herbal tea.  Several herbal teas are known increase the chances of miscarriage or health problems for the mother and unborn child.  I suggest that if you are pregnant or may become pregnant, you avoid herbal teas in general.  It is not worth the risk posed to you or your unborn child.  If you decide you to consume herbal tea anyway, make sure you do research.  It is also important to check with your doctor to make sure that the tea is completely safe.  In conclusion, I recommend abstaining from consuming all herbal teas if you are pregnant or may become pregnant.

Further Reading

Discover some of the main herbal tea varieties in my article about tea types.

Check out the Wikipedia page for general information regarding herbal tea.

Learn how to make a popular herbal tea, poppy seed tea.

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Herbal Dave