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Women's Balancing Tea

A regulating formula for women with irregular or painful menstrual cycles.

Source: Body+Soul, April/May 2005


  • 8 1/2 oz. vitex
  • 3/4 oz. dong quai
  • 3/4 oz. licorice
  • 3/4 oz. ginger
  • Cinnamon and orange peel as desired


  1. To make blend: Combine dried herbs; mix well. Store in tightly sealed glass jar. (Dried blend will keep for up to a year.)

  2. To make 1 quart tea: Add 8 teaspoons blend to 1 quart cold water in saucepan. Place over low heat; slowly bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from heat and strain. Sweeten with honey if desired. Drink 3 to 4 cups daily.

Cook's Notes

Buying Dried Herbs: High-quality dried herbs are just as potent as fresh herbs, and are generally available in bulk at natural-foods stores and in specialty herb stores.

This recipe calls for dried herbs (not powdered dried herbs), and requires these basic tools of the trade: a kitchen scale; a fine mesh strainer; large glass jars with an airtight seal; a teapot with lid, or mason jar.


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