If you are a Game of Thrones fan, you have probably come across the pernicious moon tea. But, moon tea is not a fictitious drink concocted for screen purposes only. It is a real beverage that existed for millennia and is used in aiding women’s reproductive health.
Why is it called a moon tea and how does it relate to a woman’s hormones? Let’s dive in.
What Is in a Moon Tea?
Moon tea is entwined in a cultural and spiritual tradition that recognizes the balance of things.
The Moon tea is a fusion of floral and herbal blends that bring hormonal balance. Women used it to alleviate menstrual cramps and soothe their accompanying discomforts.
A cup of moon tea can be made from different herbs known for their effectiveness in supporting women’s reproductive health. These herbs promote fertility, and hormonal balance and alleviate menstrual symptoms.
Red Raspberry Leaves: Rubus idaeus is an herb used since ancient times for treating women’s problems. It is the cure for weak uterus, cervical erosion, difficult menses, and menstrual symptoms like headache and mood swings. Raspberry nourishes the reproductive system.
Ginkgo: When taken in limited doses, Ginkgo biloba is an efficient remedy against reproductive problems for both men and women. It is used for treating problems that do not otherwise respond to conventional medicines. Ginkgo reduces the severity of PMS and symptoms of menopause.
Lemon Balm: Melissa officinalis is an excellent herb for promoting sleep and reducing anxiety. It includes sleep and anxiety issues that are induced by hormonal changes. Lemon balm is also a uterine stimulant.
Ginger: Zingiber officinalis is an anti-inflammatory spice that is highly effective in minimizing inflammation and reducing pain. It is also a good remedy for nausea, fatigue and other physical pains that women often face.
Hibiscus: Roselle or hibiscus (Hibiscus sabdariffa) is a favorite flower tea and a popular one among many edible flowers. Hibiscus gives out the distinctive pinkish-red color in beverages. Hibiscus is also packed with compounds that alleviate menstrual cramps and regulate women’s hormones.
Other Herbs Used for Moon Tea Preparation
Pennyroyal: Hedeoma pulegioides treats ovulation pain and scanty menses. While pennyroyal is very helpful in treating these women’s issues, it is not intended for those who suspect they are pregnant. Pennyroyal can not only cause miscarriage but also harm a breastfeeding baby when taken by a nursing mom.
Tansy: Tanacetum vulgare or tansy is a bitter and pungent herb but makes a general tonic for many ailments. But pregnant and breastfeeding women must avoid it.
Mint: Plants from the mint family like peppermint and spearmint add a refreshing taste to moon tea. It alleviates nausea, muscle cramps and light headedness that occurs during a woman’s period.
Motherwort: Leonurus cardiaca works best against cervical erosion or inflammation of the cervix that thins it away. In folk medicine, motherwort is used as a tonic after childbirth to ease labor pain and help the cervix shrink back to normal. It is also a good remedy for PMS and menopausal symptoms.
Blessed Thistle: Cnicus benedictus helps many nursing mothers stimulate their breast milk flow. It is effective in normalizing the menstrual cycle and balancing the hormones to prevent pains and stress. A decoction of dried blessed thistle also helps manage labor pain after childbirth.
Benefits of Moon Tea
Moon tea benefits are not limited to what it can do to support women’s health. It also brings a whole range of medicinal benefits for overall health.
Depending on the herbs used, moon tea may also give different health benefits. But generally, this magical beverage can help in:
Reducing Pain: Moon tea consists of anti-inflammatory herbs that do not only target menstrual-related pain, but can also alleviate all types of body pain by relieving the inflammation that triggers them.
Improving Sleep: Poor sleeping habits can be rectified by taking moon tea. Herbs like lemon balm and hibiscus calm the brain activities to induce deep and quality sleep.
Reducing Anxiety: Moon tea is also calming and helps reduce brain activities to help it control its functions. It helps one to become more coordinated in emotions, feelings and thoughts.
Boosting the Mood: Prepared with much reverence to spirituality, moon tea awakens the feeling of balance and harmony. It stirs the feeling of optimism and lightheartedness to face life with renewed vigor.
Supporting the Immune Health: The immune system functions better when the physical, mental and psychological health are at their peak. The potent combination of nutrients steeped from the herbs boosts the immune system to ward off infections and prevent sickness.
Preparing the Moon Tea
Moon tea is not your usual cup of tea. This beverage needs more plant material and a longer steeping time for a stronger and more concentrated infusion.
In the traditional ritual of preparation, moon tea is made near the window facing a full moon. It is then allowed to steep overnight under the moonlight. Ancient herbalists consider this a sacred procedure for the moon to impart more power and energy to the blend.
Of course, you can prepare this powerful blend anytime without waiting for the full-blown full moon. Here are a few more things you need to know for concocting a super-effective moon tea:
Start the ginger root in cold water before bringing it to a boil. It will allow the rhizomes to release their compounds for a more powerful tea than when it is added to an already boiling water.
Herbal leaves are fragile and are best to steep after the water has boiled. It will help preserve their healing power. For the moon tea, the decoction of ginger root is added to the leaves to make the infusion.
Moon Tea Recipe
You will need:
- 2-inch ginger root, roughly chopped
- 4 cups cold water
- ¼ cup dried hibiscus flowers
- 2 tbsp dried ginkgo leaves
- 2 tbsp dried raspberry leaves
- 2 tbsp dried lemon balm leaves
- Quart-size jar
- Sauce pan
- Put the ginger root in a saucepan, cover it in water and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
- Put the hibiscus, ginkgo, raspberry and lemon balm leaves in the jar.
- Pour the ginger water into the jar and allow the leaves to steep for four hours or longer.
- Strain the infusion and enjoy the tea hot or cold.
How to Use
Take a cup of moon tea every night to alleviate the discomfort that you feel a few days leading up to the menstrual period. You can also take the tea anytime you need to feel a boost. It is a caffeine-free and relaxing herbal blend you can sip mindfully.
Feel free to use other flowers and leaves to create the flavor that suits you. Chamomile, berries, passionflower, stinging nettle, valerian and hops are some of the herbs that also infuse well to create a potent moon tea.