Thriving Recipe: Postpartum Tea
This healing tea is perfect for this time of year to boost our immune systems, warm our body. It’s properties are amazing for digestion and can I tell you a little secret?! It is traditionally used as a postpartum healing tea that also supports breastmilk supply! So whether you are breastfeeding or just want to enjoy some nourishing goodness, this tea is for you! Ingredients: 1 - 2” piece of ginger, peeled and sliced 1 cinnamon stick (3-4” long) 2 tsp fennel seeds 4 cloves 8 black peppercorns 20 - 25 cardamom pods, cracked and crushed ½ tsp turmeric powder 2 cups raw milk (sub almond milk or coconut milk if dairy free) Sweetener: 1-2 drops organic liquid stevia or 1 Tbsp. maple syrup 2 ½ cups water Directions: Pour 2.5 cups of filtered water into a medium saucepan. Crush the cardamom pods with a mortar and pestle and add to the water. Peel and slice (or grate) the ginger. Add to the water. Add the remaining spices to the water. Bring spices to a boil. Turn the heat down to med-low and simmer the spices for 15-30 minutes, until the water is reduced to ½-1 cup in quantity. This is your tea concentrate. Pour into two mugs (I serve this to Pavel and I. Or you can store the extra serving in the fridge.) Warm up the milk and add to your mugs. Add the sweetener to taste. Optional: froth milk and sprinkle with a pinch of nutmeg on top. NOTES: Sunny Cove Farm in Alfred, NY is a great source for organic raw milk, maple syrup and organic ginger (may need to pre-order ginger)! Check out their website for more info: https://www.sunnycovefarm.com/ For breastfeeding mom’s needing to increase milk supply, add 1⁄2-1 tsp fenugreek seeds to the recipe. Continue taking fenugreek regularly and talk to your midwife before stopping fenugreek as a sudden decrease in fenugreek can decrease milk supply. Check out New Mother Caregiving for the original recipe and more postpartum resources!