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Anti Anemia tea

How I found it

At around 30 weeks into this pregnancy (number 3) I was diagnosed with slight anemia.  My mid wife put a note in my online medical chart to take and iron pill.  UGH!  Really!?  So I can reap all of the side effects (like even more constipation) and barely any benefits?  I think not.  Being the determined mom that I am, I knew there had to be another answer.  I started out looking on Amazon to see what alternatives existed.  I found some herbal iron drops.  I wrote her back and asked her if they would work. Much to my surprise, she had a nurse call me with an herbal tea remedy instead.  I was delighted!  She also said the iron drops would be a backup in case I had trouble locating all the herbs needed for the tea.

Luckily, I live in a particularly crunchy area of the country and I had a few different shops to choose from to get to the herbs.  So, my six year old and I set out to find our herbs!  We went to a shop/massage studio in downtown Olympia, Washington called Radiance Herbs and Massage.  It is a very earthy shop with everything from meditation bowls to tea infusers.  They also have a huge selection of massage products and vitamins.  What we came for was the wall full of giant glass jars full of every kind of dried herb and spice you can imagine!  What an awesome sight (I really should have taken a picture and I will the next time I go and I will update this post)!  We had to weigh out each herb and put it into it’s own brown paper bag, labeled appropriately.  My daughter had a lot of fun fetching me the jars because she can now read the labels.  We gathered our herbs and they weighed them and we checked out.  Our total cost for this haul was about $23.

If you don’t have a local source for herbs and spices, Starwest Botanicals is a great online source.  I checked them out and they have every one of the ingredients needed for this recipe! Here is the link to their Bulk Herbs and Spices.

The Recipe-Anti Anemia Brew

1/2 oz. dried nettle leaf#herbal #tea #herbs #anemia #iron #yellowdock #parsley #peppermint #comfrey #nettle #pregnant #pregnancy

1/2 oz. dried parsley leaves

1/2 oz. dried comfrey leaves

1/2 oz. dried yellow dock root

1/4 oz. dried peppermint leaves

1 gallon glass jar see results section for more details.

Directions: Put into a glass 1 gallon jar.  Pour 1/2 gallon of boiling water into jar.  Let steep for 8 hours.  May consume up to 4 cups per day for one week of each month.

*Iron is best absorbed by the body when accompanied by Vitamin C. I would also recommend squeezing the citrus fruit of your choice into your cup as you drink it.  Also using honey to sweeten it will go a long way towards actually drinking it.  I prefer to drink it cold, but you could warm it back up.

**Consult with your physician before consuming any of the ingredients listed above to be sure that this tea can benefit you.

The Benefits

Nettle

  • Fights infections
  • relieves pain
  • decrease inflammation
  • lower blood sugar
  • iron, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, manganese, copper, boron, strontium
  • Contains Vitamins  A, C, K, & B
    • Source: Mother Earth News.com

Parsley

  • High in Vitamin K
  • Twice as much iron as Spinach
  • High in fiber
  • High in antioxidants
    • Source: Mercola.com

Comfrey

  • High in B12
  • Promotes cell growth
  • B1, B2, C, E, A, calcium, iron, manganese and phosphorus
    • Source: Mother Earth News.com

Yellow Dock

  • Blood purifier
  • High in antioxidants
  • Studies have shown toxicity to harmful organisms
    • Source: Global Healing Center.com

Peppermint

  • Fights harmful organisms
  • Relieves digestive issues
  • High in Vitamins A & C, potassium, iron, and fiber
    • Source: Global Healing Center.com

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Results

I have only been drinking this tea for a few days, but I have already seen a difference in my energy levels as well as my digestion. I hope it makes a difference for you if you are anemic or slightly anemic and are looking for an herbal alternative.  I will update this post when I get my next blood work done to give you an update!

I started out brewing the tea in a metal sauce pot because it was the biggest vessel I have.  I would pour it into an old blender container for storage.  But, I ordered this Glass jar with a spout on Amazon to have a better place to brew and store it.

The Anti-Anemia tea you must try
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  • Nellwyn

    I’ve been anemic for years and I’m a huge tea drinker so I’m definitely going to have to try this!

    • Amanda Tento

      I love it. I hope you do too! I added a link to an online herb store if you need a source for it. I have also started drinking it as iced tea the last couple days and it is amazing!

  • I have anemia so any tea that helps me fight fatigue sounds like a winner in my eyes . I will bookmark to try out the tea and will let you know how it goes 🙂 x x

    • Amanda Tento

      Yes! Please do let me know! Today is my last day drinking it for the month, but I will miss it! I added a link to an online herbal store in case you don’t have a local source. 🙂 Enjoy!

  • Robin Rue

    My sister has anemia on and off, so I am totally telling her about this. This sounds like a great solution!

    • Amanda Tento

      I hope it helps her Robin! It has definitely helped me! I added a link to an online herb source if you don’t have a local one. 🙂

  • Ann Bacciaglia

    This sounds like a great way to boost your Iron. I have been anemic in the past and had to take an Iron supplement.

    • Amanda Tento

      Hey Ann! Well, if you ever need it in the future, I hope this recipe can help you! 🙂

  • Jessica Taylor

    This sounds interesting. Would’ve never tried it until I heard the benefits!

    • Amanda Tento

      Me neither Jessica! I am not into trying new things like this, but not taking an iron pill was a big motivation!

  • How cool. This sounds like something that could help. I’d give it a try.

    • Amanda Tento

      I hope it can help a lot of people! 🙂

  • Milton

    Sounds like a very good tea for getting lots of health benefits! Is it delicious?

    • Amanda Tento

      It is delicious Milton! I have switched to using it as iced tea the last couple days and it is amazing! 🙂 Try it even if your aren’t anemic! 🙂

  • David Elliott

    I know that there are some amazing teas out there. It’s so cool that it has so many different health benefits.

    • Amanda Tento

      True David! I was surprised at how many benefits it has! Especially the Comfrey, which I had never heard of.

  • I’d be very reluctant to drink this combination while pregnant, and I’m not sure that the iron content in it would really be significant enough to help? Still, herbs can be a great way to boost health.

    • Amanda Tento

      The good news is this came directly from my midwife, so I feel very comfortable drinking it. The iron content is very high because of the parsley which has double the iron content of spinach. I am a vegetarian and wanted a healthy alternative to the constipating iron pills and red meat. Thankful I have such an amazing midwife! 🙂

  • Enricoh Alfonzo Naidu

    this is such an awesome and empowering brew recipe. i need to share with my friend who might need it

    • Amanda Tento

      That sounds great! Let me know if it helps them!

  • That is so helpful a and really good alternative. I’ve been needing something for my mom to take for hers and this sounds like a great solution. So cool you had a place like that I. Your town and it was very affordable.

    • Amanda Tento

      I hope that it helps your mom! I put a link on the post to an online herb source that has all the ingredients if you don’t have a place like Radiance in your area. 🙂 Happy brewing!

  • Tiffany Meiter

    Sounds like an amazing alternative!

    • Amanda Tento

      It is! I hate pills! Lucky to have my midwife! 🙂

  • Olujorby Chemqueen

    This sounds great for you to have observed some difference after drinking the tea.

  • Cristina Leau

    Interesting. I have to pin this for latter use. I like herb base solutions

    • Amanda Tento

      I hope that if you drink it, it helps you!

  • Megan

    I’m so glad you posted this! I was never diagnosed with anemia but I tell you sometimes I wonder if I am slightly off, I’m always so tired!

    • Amanda Tento

      Well, even slight anemia can cause a host of symptoms like dry skin, foggy brain, fatigue, crankiness, etc. There are so many benefits to this tea that I think it can be used for more than anemia.

  • I was diagnosed with anemia when I was younger but I didn’t know about this tea. Thanks for sharing this.

    • Amanda Tento

      Of course! I hope it helps you! 🙂 It is super yummy as well!

  • Lynnette Joselly

    Oh wow this tea sounds like it cures everything! It’s all about those natural herbs and spices!

    • Amanda Tento

      It seems as though it does! 🙂 I have already had my week of it but now I am craving it! HAHA…will have to wait until next month! Let me know if you try it how you like it! -Amanda

  • Not sure if we have those ingredients nearby. I am currently drinking turmeric tea because aside from the ones we’d usually find in the grocery stores, this one is locally abundant.

    • Amanda Tento

      Hey Iris! I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to find them but I lucked out. I did put a link to an online source that carries all of the herbs in the tea recipe. Feel free to reach out to me if you want to try it and have any questions. Do you have the recipe for the tumeric tea? what are the benefits of it? 🙂 my email is amanda@thedeterminedmom.com