I love tea, but I can’t tolerate it piping hot, so usually when I enjoy a cup or quart, it’s lukewarm or iced. I’ve shared a handful of herbal monographs, and now I’ll combine them in the long infusion tea method I use to soothe a sore throat from acid reflux.
I’ve only begun using overnight cold infusion tea regularly in the past year since a particularly bad bout of GERD. I make it the night before and fill up my water bottle to drink throughout the day.
Soothing cold infusion tea
Below is a standard recipe found in John Green’s The Herbal Medicine-Maker’s Handbook, but play around with the measurements to suit your liking. Unless I premix large batches of dried herb, my tea ratios are rarely the same twice. Sometimes I add extra linden or chamomile. Other times, I only use one or two herbs.
- Mix 1 oz of herb per 2 cups of water in a jar.
I like to use a large mason jar or my french press.
- Use a tea ball, tea sacs, etc., to keep the herbs suspended.
I often use a tied off coffee filter in a pinch.
- Leave on the counter overnight and strain out the tea  John Green, The Herbal Medicine-Maker’s Handbook, p.109.
I like to put it in the fridge and drink it cold. You can add honey, juice or a sweetener of your choice. Normally, I don’t find I need to when I’ve added tasty herbs to the mix.
I tend to make large batches at a time and sip on it throughout the day. There are a lot of recipes out there that are fantastic, but mine is simple. I aim for blends I can commit to making regularly. Since I’m lazy, it’s usually very basic.
Herbs I use for my sore throat infusion tea
- Marshmallow root
- (sometimes Calendula)
Here is my monograph for althaea offcinalis if you’d like to read more about the plant. This is the most essential herb in the drink since it is highly mucilaginous. Its slimy actions coat over the digestive system’s linings and have helped take the burn away, at least in my case.
If you really just want some extra soothing for your throat without mixing a lot of herbs together, marshmallow root on its own is perfect. David Hoffman suggests an overnight cold infusion of marshmallow root can be made with 2 to 4 grams of herb per 1 cup of cold water David Hoffman, Medical Herbalism, p.527.
Chamomile is a fantastic digestive aid and is available everywhere. Often touted for its calming action, I like its anti-inflammatory properties for my irritated throat. It also smells and tastes divine!
Another fragrant herb, linden blossoms, has become one of my favorite add-ons to this recipe. With both demulcent and anti-inflammatory actions, it soothes and coats in a tasty way! Linden is often found in the international aisle in the US at local grocery stores.
Sometimes I even throw in calendula. While it is wound healing (think of the irritation to your poor throat burning from acid reflux) I mainly throw it in since it’s so cheerful. And I have so much of it growing this year!
Marshmallow root, chamomile, and linden are all well suited to long infusion teas. I’m not sure if calendula is best used in this way, and typically I use it in tincture form for my throat.
Chamomile is part of the same family as daisies and can cause a reaction to those allergic. When drinking anything with a lot of mucilage, like marshmallow root or slippery elm bark, it coats the linings in your digestive system. This can block the absorption of medications, so don’t drink within a few hours of your medicine.
In any health situation, it’s best to speak with a qualified health professional. Many other factors can be at play with heartburn. I could blather on about food allergies and tracking trigger foods, but I’ll save that for another post.
Short on time or like hot tea best?
I like to keep Throat Coat tea by Traditional Medicinals on hand for sore throats caused by GERD or anything else.
The Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine has an amazing herbal digestive calendula tea recipe that I’ve bookmarked to try myself.
Coming soon, I’ll share my monograph for the herb ashwagandha. It’s in my currently tincturing shelf and can’t wait to strain it! And in two weeks, I’m excited for my first ever American Herbalists Guild Symposium! It’s online like so many other events this year, so I’m really looking forward to it.