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The Sunday Steep

Posted by Kori|10 August 2014

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Who says tea can’t be dramatic? Flowering teas are one of life’s sweet, sensual pleasures – the sight, the scent, and the gently floral taste all make for a wonderful experience. I admit, sometimes it’s about showing off a little and creating a tea ceremony that sings special! Because these “tea flowers” are meant for a whole pot, they can have a subtle, mellow flavor. If you like your tea a little more potent, like I do, feel free to add some additional flavors. I like to infuse another herb or herbs first, and then use the strained infusion as the tea bath for the blooming flower.  Since our flowering teas are a combination of green tea leaves and organic flowers, some great herbal additions include:

Organic Spearmint Leaf

Organic Chamomile Flowers

Organic Blackberry Leaf

Organic Strawberry Leaf

Organic Peppermint Leaf

Organic Dandelion Leaf

Organic Watercress

Organic Red Clover Herb or Flowers

For one pot of tea, heat 3-4 cups of water to boiling. Add 3-5 Tablespoons of chosen herb (or combination) in an infuser, tea bag, or ball and steep for 2-3 minutes. I use more herb and go for a quick steep so that the water will still be hot for pouring over the Flowering Tea. Place tea flower in a clear glass tea pot or glass pitcher. Quickly strain infusion and pour over flower, allowing to steep until the flower opens.  Enjoy!

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Summer Heat Relief: Sweet Peach Herbal Elixir

Posted by Friends|05 August 2014

 

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Our summer post from Kiva Rose Hardin is here! Her beautifully written articles marry the personal with the scientific, lore with experience, offering untamed and fresh insight. Herbalist, wildcrafter, artist, and storyteller, Kiva Rose lives in a canyon botanical sanctuary within the Gila Wilderness of New Mexico. She is also the co-director of the HerbFolk Gathering, held each September in the mountain Southwest, coeditor of Plant Healer Magazine, and publisher of the historical novel, The Medicine Bear as well as The Plant Healer’s Path by Jesse Wolf Hardin, and maintains an herbal blog, The Medicine Woman’s Roots

 

Cooling Peach Elixir Recipe

 

When someone mentions Peach, it’s usually the sweet, juicy fruit of Georgia that comes to mind, not the medicinal properties of the leaf, bark, and flower. Despite that, Peach has a long and storied history of medicinal use the world over, including through portions of the United States. In North America, Appalachian herbalist Phyllis Light has helped to bring this wonderful remedy back to the broader herbal community through her teaching and writing. I grew up in the deep South and knew a little of its medicine as a young girl since it’s a traditional herb there, but learned a great deal more from Phyllis when I became a practicing herbalist.

Being a member of the Rose family, Peach shares many cooling, soothing properties with the Rose, including its gentle nature and sweetly aromatic taste. It’s safe even for children, the elderly, and pregnant women, and is incredibly good at what it does. Here I’ll be discussing the elixir in some details, but a wonderful tasting tea can be made with the dried leaves as well. If you have more than one Peach tree to choose from, it’s worthwhile to do a scratch and sniff test by gently scratching the bark of a small twig and sniffing. The tree that smells the strongest also tends to have the strongest medicine as far as relaxing and cooling properties

Peach is the perfect herb to explore during the long, hot days of Summer. It helps to soothe the irritability that often comes with extended periods of heat, as well as lessen the nausea, diarrhea, insomnia, and lack of appetite that can go with it. Here in New Mexico where summers can be exceedingly hot and dry, some people develop a dry, hack in response to the climate and I have found that the Peach Elixir works very well to soothe it. It works similarly on respiratory function aggravated by heat, and I always keep it on hand for my daughter who finds both it and our local Chokecherry, Prunus serotina, in easing her breathing issues during the hot months. The local Hispanics of my region think of Peach leaf as an overall summer tonic, and given how many heat induced ills it can alleviate, I’m inclined to agree with them.

Peach has another property worth noting, it can be applied topically as tincture, elixir, or poultice and taken internally when stung by a bee, wasp, or other venomous insect. Take half to one ml (that’s approximately half to one dropperful from a one ounce tincture bottle) of the elixir as soon as you’re stung or bitten and then again if the sting/bite gets worse or in fifteen minutes if there are any symptoms. This is not a replacement for an epi pen, but is great for the average person with a normal response to insect stings and bites. Some even find the action strong enough to help with reactions to seasonal pollen or pets as well. It doesn’t always work, but it’s certainly worth a try.

 

Peach Elixir Recipe

Sweet Peach Leaf Elixir

Ingredients & Tools

For your elixir, it’s helpful to have on hand:

A glass pint jar that seals well

Fresh Peach leaves and/or flowers and twigs (the more aromatic the better, and either feral or domestic varieties will work)

About a pint of high quality brandy (the better the brandy, the better your elixir will taste)

1/3 pint of raw honey (preferably local, and of a lighter wildflower type since darker honeys can muffle the Peach taste a bit)

A good stirring spoon

 

Step by Step Instructions

First, fill your jar all the way to the top with Peach leaves or flowers/twigs. You don’t have to pack them in, but push them down a bit to minimize the air space in the jar.

Now, pour the honey in slowly, stirring as necessary, until the plant matter is well coated.

Next, fill to the top with brandy, again stirring as necessary to remove air bubbles and fill the jar evenly.

Now cover the jar with a tight fitting lid, and shake carefully to finish the mixing process.

Let macerate in a cool, dark place for four to six weeks or as long as you can stand to wait.

When straining, reserve liquid.

Bottle and store in a cool, dry place away from sunlight until needed.

 

Cooling Peach Elixir Recipe

 

Herbal Additions

Organic rose petals compliment the medicine of Peach and they taste amazing together!

Cinnamon warms and spices up Peach, making it more appropriate year round.

Apple bark combines well with Peach specifically for gastric upset accompanied by heartburn.

Chamomile flowers amplify the digestion soothing properties of Peach, and they taste lovely together.

Chokecherry, Prunus serotina works very well with Peach.

 

Ideas for Application

Internally for soothing irritability and occasional sleeplessness when the weather is hot or the tongue is bright red and the person feels overheated.

Internally for nausea, and vomiting from sun exposure, being overheated, and in any case where the tongue is red and the person feels excessively hot.

Internally for gut upset, including nausea and diarrhea, with signs of heat and tension.

Internally for occasional tension and irritability aggravated by the heat or resulting in feelings of overheatedness.

Internally for some types of gastric irritation.

Topically and internally for insect stings and bites.

 

I’ll have another article specifically on medicinal uses of Peach, including case studies, in the August issue of the free Plant Healer Newsletter that you can sign up for at http://planthealer.org.

Peach medicine can be hard to find, but is available online in elixir form from King’s Road Apothecary and my own shop, The Bramble & The Rose, and will also be sold at the Healer’s Market at this September’s HerbFolk Gathering conference near Flagstaff, Arizona.

 

Cooling Peach Elixir Recipe

The Sunday Steep

Posted by Kori|03 August 2014

 

 

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While the older I get, the deeper my sense of contentment and peace, I also know that for all the happy, joyful days, there are also days of grief and heartache. Life hands us loss: break-ups, estrangements, and the dying of those we love. We struggle to make sense of things and reconfigure our lives after overwhelming change. We find ways to cope.

I have my favorite herbs for times of grief and sadness. Lingering over a cup or two of this soothing tea while letting my mind quiet and my heart heal is as cherished a part of the human experience as joyful celebrations…

 

Sad Day Tea

1 teaspoon organic Damiana leaf

1 teaspoon organic dried Rosehips

1 teaspoon organic Chamomile flowers or Passionflower

1/2 – 1 teaspoon organic Hawthorn Berries

 

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Some days are diamonds, some days are stones
Sometimes the hard times won’t leave me alone
Sometimes a cold wind blows a chill in my bones
Some days are diamonds, some days are stones

~Dick Feller

Check out our blog post on Herbs for Heartbreak for more healing choices.

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Summer Recipe Sale: 25% off Easy Honey Mustard

Posted by Erin|01 August 2014


Summer Recipe Sale: 25% off Easy Honey Mustard

We are excited to announce our first recipe in a series of summer sales!

Making your own mustard at home is so much fun and really inexpensive! Mustard is the perfect condiment for parties around the grill, cold salads, picnic sandwiches, and snack dips. It also makes a lovely gift for just about anyone in your world. Plus, it’s super easy to whip up and customize.

Feeling inspired to make some? For the next two weeks only, you can stock up on 8oz organic yellow and brown mustard seeds and 1lb bags of our fine sea salt at 25% off!

 

Summer Recipe Sale: 25% off Easy Honey Mustard

The Sunday Steep

Posted by Kori|27 July 2014

 

While I love my morning cup of coffee, there are times when I really want to shake it up. Whether I’m craving something a bit less stimulating, or yearning for some different flavor combinations, green teas can be a wonderful choice. One of my favorites is our Jasmine Green Tea. It is relatively mild and reminds me a bit of the tea I drink at Lotus Garden, a vegan Chinese restaurant here in Eugene. For extra zip, I like to balance the floral flavors with a little fruity orange peel and spicy ginger…

Blue Cast Iron Tea Pot from Mountain Rose Herbs

Ginger Jasmine Green Tea

2 Tablespoons organic Jasmine Green Tea

1 teaspoon organic Orange Peel, dried

1 teaspoon organic Ginger Root, dried

Combine all the herbs into an infuser, strainer, bag, etc. and add 2 cups boiling water. Allow to steep for 4-5 minutes. – See more at: http://mountainroseblog.com/#sthash.ppucwMtr.dpuf

Combine the tea with the orange and ginger in a nest strainer or infuser. Pour boiling water over and let steep for 3-4 minutes. This recipe makes enough for one cup of tea, but feel free to adjust for a pot or more. This is also good with dried lemon peel, a little honey for sweetness, or leave out the extra ingredients all together and just try the Jasmine Green Tea for an invigorating cup of tea!

 

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Revitalizing Solid Perfume Recipe

Posted by Alieta|22 July 2014

Mountain Rose Herbs - Revitalizing Solid Perfume Recipe

 

Feeling burned-out or lacking energy from all your fun summer adventures? Well, it isn’t over yet!

The last push of summer is coming, and with it opportunities to seek out long lost friends and enjoy every bit of the sun as it fades into fall and loved ones go into hibernation. Maybe you need something just a little extra sweet to keep you going? Thankfully, pure plant aromatics are here to lift us up.

Just like stopping to smell the flowers, wearing fragrances you love can help boost your mood and keep energy up. Here’s a wonderful solid perfume recipe to excite the senses and stabilize your exhausted emotions. Simply apply a bit on the neck and pulse points to enjoy. Super easy to make and totally customizable, this harmonizing solid aroma balm is perfect for your summer fun. Feel free to formulate your own scent combination and check out some of our past posts for inspiration!

 

Revitalizing Solid Perfume

 

Balm Base Recipe

1 ½ cup organic Almond oil

1/2 cup organic Grapeseed oil

1 tsp Vitamin E oil

½ cup beeswax pastilles

 

Revitalizing Solid Perfume Aroma Blend

60 drops organic Lemon essential oil

25 drops organic Eucalyptus essential oil

22 drops organic Cinnamon Leaf essential oil

22 drops organic Rosemary essential oil

 

*Cinnamon Bark essential oil is very strong and may cause irritation if using on the skin. I went with Cinnamon Leaf essential oil to avoid potential irritation. All essential oils are highly concentrated, so please use and craft with care!

 

Directions:

  1. In a double boiler (Pyrex is easiest), melt the beeswax pastilles into your carrier oil mix.
  2. Once completely melted, remove from heat and add Essential Oils and Vitamin E Oil
  3. Stir and pour into 1 oz containers. You can also find beautiful lockets at thrift stores to use instead of tins. These make sweet gifts and are fun to wear!
  4. Allow to cool on a safe shelf, away from pets and children.

 

Cinnamon: The smell of cinnamon invigorates the senses, relaxes tension, and calms nerves. For this recipe, using Cinnamon leaf oil is important, as cinnamon bark oil can cause irritation to the skin.

Eucalyptus: Known for increasing energy and balancing emotions, good for soothing away stress.

Lemon: An uplifting citrus scent! Lemon is balancing and is helpful for making clear decisions and for emotional purging.

Rosemary: Stimulates memory, confidence, perception, and creativity. Helpful for balancing mind and body. Uplifts the mood and helps you remember good dreams!

 

Mountain Rose Herbs - Revitalizing Solid Perfume

Have fun!

 

The Sunday Steep

Posted by Kori|20 July 2014

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While I have lived all of my adult life in cities and towns, I spent the first eighteen years of my life on the side of a mountain surrounded by forests, creeks, and lakes. The smell of evergreen trees and beloved oaks never fails to bring on nostalgic memories of a rather active and adventurous childhood roaming hillsides, chasing rabbits, capturing bullfrogs, and reading books about far away places while lounging in one of our rickety tree houses.

Perhaps this is why I’ve always loved the flavors and scents of the forest. Baking on cedar planks, cool spring water infused with fir tips, and crushed juniper berries for hearty winter meals make me smile. Teas created with bark, leaves, and berries make some of the most satisfying and healthy infusions.  I have various versions of what I call “Tree Teas” (play on the better known “Tea Tree” intended) and here is a good one for these long, warm days of summer…

 

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Under the Tree Tea Recipe

1 teaspoon organic Linden leaf and flower

2-3 Cedar or Fir leaf tips (fresh or dried)*

1 teaspoon organic Hawthorn leaf and flower

1 teaspoon organic Juniper Berries

This recipe makes enough for 2+ cups of tea, depending on how strong you like it. Feel free to adjust the ratio to taste. The flavors can be strong and this isn’t really meant as an everyday tea. Combine all the herbs into an infuser, strainer, bag, etc. and add 2 cups boiling water. Allow to steep for 4-5 minutes. This is also good as an infusion with cold water. You could put the herbs into one of our Tea-to-Go glass infusers or a Mason jar and allow to infuse for a half hour or so before giving it a taste.

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Precautions: There are a few precautions to consider with these ingredients. Do not drink linden flower teas within 2 hours of taking any vitamin and mineral supplement, since the mucilage in the tea can interfere with the absorption of nutrients from the supplement. Cedar tips and juniper berries should not be used by women who are pregnant or breast feeding, and juniper berries should be used in moderation and should not be used by anyone who has inflammation of the kidneys.

*Make sure the cedar or fir tips are pesticide free and ethically wild-harvested.

Homemade Bitters: Cacao & Dandelion

Posted by Alieta|14 July 2014

Mountain Rose Herbs - Dandelion & Cacao Bitters Recipe

 

Sweet, sour, salty, umami, and everyone’s favorite flavor - bitter! Does the word bitter get you salivating?  Chances are it does, since it’s the duty of this flavor to get digestion going. Most people try to avoid this important taste, but bitters are necessary for helping us maintain wellness. If you just can’t do bitter greens, ease into a relationship with bitter using my favorite recipe – Cacao & Dandelion Digestive Bitters! Chocolaty with a bitter punch, this is a great place to start.

There are a number of aromatic and bitter herbs that are great for making a tincture like this including gentian, grapefruit peel, quassia bark, and cardamom, just to name a few.  You can make appetite stimulating bitters out of one herb at a time or blend flavorful herbs together to make a personal concoction to add to your daily health routine. My recipe today calls for two classy companions, Dandelion and Cacao.

You can enjoy bitters in cocktails or straight on the tongue whenever you’d like, but especially before or after a meal.  Your bitter receptors and digestive prowess will thank you!

 

Dandelion and Cacao Bitters

2 TBSP organic roasted Cacao Nibs

2 TBSP organic Dandelion Root

40% or higher proof vodka

Your herb to alcohol ratio should be about 1:3

Fill one half pint jar 1/4-1/3 of the way full with your herb combination. For my recipe, I used equal parts cacao and dandelion, although I could have done more dandelion for more bitter flavor or more cacao for more cacao flavor. Once your herb is in the jar, you can cover with alcohol. Fill the jar to the very top and shake well. Allow to extract for two weeks and then strain through cheesecloth. Keep in a glass dropper bottle for convenience. Enjoy!

 

Mountain Rose Herbs - Dandelion and Cacao Bitters Recipe

 

 

 

For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

- See more at: http://mountainroseblog.com/dandy-tummy-bitters-recipe/#sthash.n9rqWJap.dpuf

For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

- See more at: http://mountainroseblog.com/dandy-tummy-bitters-recipe/#sthash.n9rqWJap.dpuf

The Sunday Steep

Posted by Kori|13 July 2014

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I recently returned from vacation travels (which included several plane flights) to find I’d come down with a doozy of a bug, just in time for warm weather and opportunities for summer fun. Summer sicknesses are the worst! Between the snuffles and the lingering hack, I knew my body needed some rest, recovery, and tea. This recipe includes my favorite go-to herbs for nourishing a sickly me…

 

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Summer Sniffles Tea

2 Tablespoons organic Slippery Elm Bark

2 Tablespoons organic Marshmallow Root or organic Marshmallow Leaf

1 Tablespoon organic dried Elderberries

1 Tablespoon organic Red Clover Blossoms

raw, organic honey

This recipe makes about 3-4 cups of tea or infusion. I like to make it in my Tea-to-Go glass tea infuser to take along with me, but you could also make it up in a Mason jar or other large mug. Put all the herbs in the container and cover with 3 cups or so of boiling water.  You can also make this up and let it infuse overnight, if you’d like a stronger decoction. While battling my cold, I made a big half-gallon jar full and then “decanted” it as I needed it. Stir in the honey to taste.

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Healthy Breakfast Idea: Spicy Avocado Egg Recipe!

Posted by Erin|09 July 2014

 

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. I love to wake up to a hot dish that’s a delicious source of healthy fats and protein to get my brain going. A little heat from hot peppers doesn’t hurt either. This recipe is super simple and wonderfully satisfying. You can top it with a little sour cream, fresh cilantro, pickled onions, or serve it over corn grits for an extra special treat. Get creative!

 

Herbal Eggs: Avocado Egg

 

Rise & Shine Baked Avocado

Ingredients

1 organic Hass avocado, cut in half with seed removed

2 organic farm eggs

½ tsp organic Mexican Seasoning or equal parts organic cumin powder, garlic powder, oregano, and chili powder

¼ cup shredded organic cheddar cheese

organic salsa

fine sea salt and organic cracked black pepper to taste

 

Directions

Pre-heat your oven to 425 degrees. Place the avocado halves into a baking dish and stabilize them with a little foil if needed. Crack one egg into each empty pit of your avocado halves. You can scoop a bit of avocado out if you need more room for the egg. Season with a bit of salt and pepper. Sprinkle ¼ tsp of Mexican Seasoning on each egg filled avocado. Top each half with shredded cheese and pop into the oven for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from the oven, top with salsa, and enjoy!

 

Breakfast Idea: Spicy Avocado Eggs

DIY: Homemade Ginger “Bug” and Fermented Herbal Sodas

Posted by Kori|07 July 2014

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Brace yourselves for my true confession…I love fizzy, buzzy, sodas. There, I’ve said it and I’m not the least bit sorry! While I do avoid commercial sodas for obvious and well-documented reasons, I still get mad cravings for a good ginger ale or sparkly fruity punch. In addition to the refreshing nature of a tasty soda drink, there is something about it that makes me feel youthful, playful, and decadent. While there are more choices on the market now for sparkly fermented beverages made with healthier ingredients, like kombucha and fruit sodas made with real fruit and cane sugar, they can be a bit on the spendy side. Fortunately, it is fairly easy to make delicious fermented soda beverages in the home kitchen and I can use fruits from my own garden!

The first step in creating soda at home is to make a fermented culture known as a Ginger Bug. This takes a few days, but it isn’t the slightest bit hard! It could even be a fun learning project for a child. Here’s the basic recipe:

Ginger Bug

Equal parts fresh ginger, organic cane sugar, and filtered water

I used approximately 2 Tablespoons fresh ginger, peeled and grated

2 Tablespoons cane sugar

2 Tablespoons filtered water

Mix these ingredients in a jar. I just tossed them into the jar, put the lid on, and swirled it around to combine.

Each day for 5-7 days, add the same equal parts of these three ingredients to the mixture:

2 Tablespoons fresh, grated ginger

2 Tablespoons cane sugar

2 Tablespoons water

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Elderberry Soda

I make my version of Elderberry Syrup every fall and sometimes have a bit left over as spring turns into summer to use for a delicious soda. It’s quite easy to make at any time of the year though! Here’s my recipe and another recipe here.

1 cup dried, organic elderberries

4 cups water

1 teaspoon organic ground cinnamon or 1 Tablespoon cinnamon bark

1 teaspoon organic whole cloves

1 teaspoon organic ground ginger or 1 Tablespoon ginger root

1/4 cup organic wild cherry bark

1 Tablespoon organic dried orange peel

Put all these ingredients into a sauce pan and bring to a boil on medium high heat. Once the mixture boils, turn the heat down and let the mixture simmer for 30-40 minutes. Using a strainer, pour the mixture into a large glass or Pyrex bowl (compost the herbs and berries). I like to press down with a wooden spoon to make sure I get all the juice and flavor I can! Let the mixture cool a bit and add 2 cups raw, organic honey to the mixture while it is warm, but not hot. This helps the honey to incorporate into the juice without the need to heat.

This makes about 5 cups of a rather thick syrup (thick enough to use on pancakes or waffles).

For the Soda

In a half-gallon pitcher or jar, add 2 cups of Elderberry Syrup and fill almost to the top with cold, filtered water. To this, add 1/2 cup of the Ginger Bug. Stir to combine with a wooden spoon. Cover with cheesecloth and a rubber band and allow to sit at room temperature for 3-5 days while it ferments. Depending on the weather, season, ambient temperature, and other variables, it may ferment quickly or take a little longer. Taste it after 2 days and see how it tastes to you and then decide if you’d like to let it go a little longer.

You can bottle your soda at this point, if you’d like. Use bottles with a screw top or bottle as you would homemade beer. I prefer to make small batches and drink it rather quickly as they do continue to ferment, even if stored in sealed bottles in the fridge.

Experiment!

Once you’ve made the Elderberry Syrup, you can use the same technique to make syrups from other fruits and herbs. A rose or lavender syrup or a fruit juice base would work nicely for a home-crafted soda. As you use some of the Ginger Bug, add equal parts fresh, grated ginger root, cane sugar, and water to replace. Like a sourdough starter, this culture can last for quite a while if tended properly and you can have the makings for delicious homemade sodas at your fingertips!

 

 

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The Sunday Steep

Posted by Kori|06 July 2014

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Honeybush & Honeyroo Tea

My love for the red teas has been growing lately. As the temperatures soar and I want to reach for something tasty, sweet, and refreshing, I find Honeybush and Rooibos to be a wonderful choice. Since they are also caffeine free, they make a lovely iced tea for sipping with supper on a hot summer evening- a little wedge of lemon and the fruity sweetness comes through!

Since I’ve confessed before how I like to take a delicious tea blend and add a few delicious extra herbs, I’ll let you in on a little secret…organic spearmint is a fabulous addition to both the Honeybush and the Honeyroo tea blends! I like to combine 1 part organic spearmint to 2 parts either Honeybush or Honeyroo, steep with either boiling water or room temperature water (for a yummy sun tea) and served up with a lemon wedge.

This tea is perfect along side a light summer meal or sipped on its own, and since it doesn’t have caffeine, it makes a lovely tea for children too!

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