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Calc Punch

whole food easily assimilable organic source of minerals

The idea for this recipe came from the recipe disc that comes with this book.....(click on the book if you want to order one of your own it's a EXCELLENT book)

Health and Herb book

Traci improved Dr. Christopher's Calc Tea recipe by adding Hibiscus Flower and then she pours it into Popsicle molds and makes Calc Tea Popsicles out of it.  I thought this was an excellent idea and we have done it many times and my kids love it!  I also found that my husband and I prefer it as a punch.  I made a few changes and added lime to the finished product.  We are pleased as punch!  We love the tart tangy taste yet it's sweet.  One day Ryan told me he would drink it just like most people drink Gatorade!  So I have tried to keep some made up in the fridge especially when he's out working hard.  I always pour some of it into Popsicle molds too.   

Best way to get your calcium and magnesium along with other minerals

What I like best about this recipe is that it is full of Organic Assimilable Calcium because it's made from herbs that are full of not only calcium but things like magnesium that help with the absorption and other vitamins and minerals!   I mix up a big batch of the dried herbs and keep in a gallon bag.  Less than 1 cup of the herb mixture will make 1 gallon of the punch.

Drink punch to get your minerals!

Calc Punch
3 cups horsetail grass
2 cups comfrey leaf
1 1/2 cups oatstraw
1/4 cup lobelia
2 cups dried hibiscus flowers
1/2 cup stevia leaf

Combine all herbs together.  In a quart jar place 3/4 to 1 cup of herb mix.  Fill the jar the rest of the way with boiling water cover with a lid and let sit for at least 45 minutes I usually let it sit for about 4 hours to infuse more of the herb into the water.  Warm 3 quarts of water in a pot on the stove, just warm enough to melt honey.  Stir in about 1/2 to 1 cup of honey, or what you want for desired sweetness.  Take the jar with the herb mix and strain out the herbs.  (I compost the leftover herbs)  Pour the red punch into water and honey mixture stir well.  At this point I pour the punch into a pitcher and put in the fridge and pour some into Popsicle molds to freeze.  Once the punch is cold in the fridge pour yourself a glass and squeeze the juice of one small lime into the punch!  The lime is a must have!


April said...

I'm new to your blog and just wondered. Is the purpose of this drink to get more calcium in your diet? Or is there another purpose? I hope that's not a dumb question, but with all the herbs, I was wondering if you are supposed to drink this just on occasion or do you drink it all the time. I have a large family and am trying to figure out if this is a drink great for winter or just for every once in a while...

Tammie said...

April: I think it all depends on if you think you are getting enough calcium in your diet or not. For sure you could drink this everyday and it wouldn't hurt a thing. We go in spurts around our house. Sometimes we are having some everyday and then we will go a while without any...then we get craving it and I start making it again. I do like to make it on a regular basis especially if we aren't getting a lot of Kale in our Green Smoothies.

April said...

I went to order the herbs, but it said comfrey wasn't for internal use?

Tammie said...

April: They are required by law to publish that. I wont go into the politics of it all right here. But you can read more about it at http://www.herballegacy.com/Contentions.html
Like most everything I say study it out and do what you feel best about. It can be left out but will make it less "potent". ;)

April said...

Thanks so much for the link. I really am enjoying your blog. :)

Lan said...

Hi! I was sooo happy to find this blog post of yours since I'm getting desperate about how to get calcium in my 3YO's diet. She doesn't drink milk and does not like any other dairy products, and don't want to use calcium supplements. Anyway... would this herbal drink be appropriate for a 3YO? Thanks!

Tammie said...

eniksel: I have given it to my kids when they were younger than three.

May Family said...

Have you drank this before when nursing or pregnant? I didn't check all of the herbs, but a couple of them said not to use when pregnant or nursing. Are there any that you would exclude while nursing or pregnant? Right now nursing or pregnant is pretty much my life. LOL!

Tammie said...

May Family: I did drink it when nursing. But you do need to decide how you feel about it. It would still be a high mineral drink with only some of the herbs not as potent but if you are concerned you can leave concerning ones out. A lot of times it depends on your needs. I would do some research on the herbs and decide what will work best for you. I do like to err on the side of caution when it come to pregnancy and nursing. But most of the time my personal opinion has been that herbs and food is always better then the synthetic option.