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Drink: Loose Leaf Teas
It's Tea Time
Recipes by Lifestyle Staff | Photos by Topograph
Disclaimer: If you’re using dried herbs, be safe and research any side effects or warnings prior to blending.
Similar to coffee, brewing a cup of aromatic loose-leaf tea can awaken and stimulate your taste buds. Balance is the key to a satisfying blend, so it’s important to get your base (main flavor), middle and top notes (complementing flavors) to work together. Custom blending gives you creative control for a flavor that matches your needs and preferences. Ready to start your steeping? Gather the following first:
• Loose leaf tea
• Tea bag or infuser
• Kettle or small pot
• Storage containers for custom blends (optional)
• Honey or sweetener (optional)
1. Combine all ingredients together per proportions, adjusting the recipe to your needs. 2. Store the herbal tea in an air-tight, sealed container.
1. Add 1-2 tablespoons of the mixture into a tea bag or strainer. Add 8-12 ounces of boiling water and let steep before straining.
Pick Me Up
Cinnamon to taste
Oat milk or creamer of choice (optional)
4 parts dried rosehips
2 parts dried elderberry
2 parts chopped echinacea root
1 part cinnamon chips
1 part dried sage
Good Night’s Rest
Stinging nettle, dried, cut, and sifted
Dried chamomile flowers
Peppermint leaves, dried, cut, and sifted
Dried rose petals
2 teaspoons dried holy basil
1 teaspoon dried lemon balm
1 teaspoon dried chamomile
1/2 teaspoon dried lavender
1/2 teaspoon dried eleuthero root
1. Different varieties of tea can require different water temperatures.
2. Some teas have a stronger flavor than others so steeping too long can result in a more bitter flavor.