For quite some time, we’ve been making a yeast fighting herbal tea comprised of various loose herbals with anti-fungal properties.  However, I’ve always hesitated to share specific herbal information publicly due to individual sensitivity. Fortunately, I’ve teamed up with the Rogue Herbalist to ensure the following recipe is legitimate and safer to use. This mild tea is an easy and gentle way to help combat underlying yeast/candida overgrowth in the gut.  While it can be served hot or cold, we have always preferred it to be served cold, over ice, similar to a sweet-tea.

So why an anti-fungal yeast/candida fighting tea?  Yeast overgrowth is fairly common but is especially common in those with underlying gastrointestinal issues.

Yeast can increase glutamate and result in high glutamate type behavior.  If you have too much yeast in the gut, you can actually have symptoms of intoxication or drunkenness as sugary starchy foods ferment in the gut to create alcohol (ethanol).  Some symptoms of high yeast/candida may include cravings for carbohydrates, oral thrush, cradle cap, aggression, anxiety, bad breath, chapped lips, obsessive chewing on things, abundant ear wax, fatigue, reoccurring UTI’s, reoccurring sinus infections, reoccurring skin rashes/fungal infections, gas, teeth grinding, holding privates, hyperactivity, laughing inappropriately, pacing, red rash around the mouth, diaper rash, sensory seeking, sensitivity to noise, stimming, toe walking, etc. Even alcoholism is related to yeast overgrowth. While many of these symptoms may have other contributors, it is always important to watch for patterns in behaviors—full post on yeast/candida coming soon.

Don’t have all of the loose herbals at the ready to make this?  No worries. Chuck over at the Rogue Herbalist is offering the pre-packaged product with organic herbs for our families. Disclaimer: I receive no financial incentive for sharing his shop. He was kind enough to create a special herbal blend of our yeast fighting tea. The Rogue Herbalist Yeast Fighting Tea

Ingredients

1 part Pau D’Arco

1 part Chamomile

1 part Hibiscus

1/2 part Calendula

1/2 part Licorice Root

1/4 part Cinnamon Chips

1/4 part Barberry

Instructions

Creating the herbal tea blend:

You can choose to use the type of measurement you prefer, based on the quantity of the herbal tea blend desired and the amount of the given herbs available. Any easy place to start is 1 part= 1 tbsp. Combine all ingredients in an airtight glass jar, stir until well combined.

Making herbal tea:

A good rule of thumb is 1 tbsp of the herbal tea blend to 1 cup (8 oz.) of water. Place water and herbs into a pot over medium/low heat. Place lid on the pot and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Reduce time to decrease the strength of the herbals if necessary. Remove pot from heat and strain herbals out using a fine-mesh strainer.  Honey or maple syrup can be added to taste.

Tidbits

This is not considered medical advice.  For those that may be sensitive, some of the herbals may be considered immune-stimulating and higher in salicylates/phenols.