This eczema tea recipe comes from the lovely folks at the Herbal Academy of New England, of whom I have been studying with on my herbalism journey!
Equal parts dry herb Calendula, nettle, red clover
8 oz hot water
For the treatment of eczema (dry, itchy, scaly skin) patches brought on by dietary or seasonal weather changes. This recipe treats the body from the inside out; focusing on cleansing the lymph.
After bringing the water to a boil, pour 8 ounces of it over the combined dry herbal mixture. Cover immediately to keep the herbal oils and vapors from escaping. Steep for 20 minutes.
After 20 minutes, strain, drink. Enjoy! Drink 1-3 cups a day until symptoms begin to clear.
Red clover is a natural blood thinner due to the compound called coumarin that it carries. People with blood clotting disorders (hemophilia, thin blood, etc.) should not use it. For women who are pregnant, check with your healthcare provider – if she says it’s okay to take aspirin (a blood thinner) you may feel comfortable using red clover on occasion. I have come across no research that says it is harmful to pregnant women.
Using this tea with children: Although I have not used this recipe with my own child (1 1/2 year old at the time of original post), I have used all three ingredients as teas for him in other ways. I haven’t come across any research that says these ingredients are unsafe for children (with the exception of the red clover compound mentioned above). It is generally advisable to wait until children are over the age of one to begin treatment with herbs, and, dosing guidelines are generally followed from something called Clark’s Rule, which is a topic I will cover in another post on another day!
During the cold winter months, I get a small dry patch of skin on my shin. It doesn’t hurt, mostly itches. When I found this tea recipe, I knew I had to try it! I used one tablespoon of each of the three ingredients; Calendula flower, nettle and red clover blossom. Being a visual learner, I assumed eight ounces of water was going to be a lot. But, it wasn’t. It filled only half of my mason jar. When I make it again, I will double the recipe to 16 ounces of water and two tablespoons each of the herbs.
After steeping for 10 minutes, the liquid took on a light amber color. Some of the herbs began to settle on the bottom, most notably the Calendula flowers.
After steeping for 15 minutes, the herbs had expanded quite a bit, filling most of the top, middle and bottom of the liquid space. They had unfurled; I could see the nettle in longer, unfurled ribbons. The color of the water was a rich, dark tannin color, like on the bottom of a pond that has been covered with leaves.
At the 20 minute mark, I strained the herbs out of the liquid and drank the tea. Look how beautiful the Calendula flowers look all opened up! It tasted smooth and woodsy at first. It had a bit of bitterness but it was noted in the background as a last experience on the tongue while swallowing. It smelled slightly sweet and mostly mossy.
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