Written by Carrie Klassen.
I went to Edmonton for the first time a few months ago and came upon a place called Earth’s Aromatique. I was like a kid in a candy store... if the kid were a 34-year-old-woman and instead of candy there were herbs, oils, clays and every other gorgeous ingredient you’d need to make your own skin care goodies, teas and more. There were shelves full of empty brown glass tincture bottles and large mason jars calling, “What might you fill us with?” And there were just too many answers.
I left with a number of things, including a recipe book for herbal teas, and I’ve been experimenting with beverage brews – hot and cold - ever since. Here are a few of my favourites (minor variations on recipes from Kathleen Brown’s book Herbal Teas).
Steep 2 handfuls of fresh organic lavender (half the recipe if you’re using dried) in 5 cups of freshly boiled water for 12 minutes.
Strain, then add one cup of fresh organic lemon juice, plus raw honey to taste (usually half a cup or so).
Chill and serve over ice. Garnish the glass with a thin slice of lemon and a sprig of lavender.
Pretty Garden Tea
Combine 1 part freshly grated ginger root, 1 part lemon verbena leaves, 1 part peppermint leaves, 1 part organic rose hips, ½ part lavender, ½ part organic orange slices, ½ part organic rose petals, in a pot and cover with boiling water.
Stir well, cover and steep for 20 minutes.
Serve hot or iced. It smells beautiful, lifts moods and is good for your belly too.
Beautiful Bones Tea
My mother was diagnosed with osteoporosis last year (and I am osteopenic, turns out) so I made this bone-building tea mix for a Mother’s Day gift. I stitched tea bags out of cheese cloth and put them in a mason jar with a card for steeping instructions and ingredients. I covered the top in yellow silk and tied it with yellow ribbon. You could do this with any dry tea mix and it makes a great hostess or no-reason-at-all gift.
Combine 2 parts oatstraw, 1 part alfalfa leaves, 1 part red clover blossoms, 1 part organic rosehips, 1 part violet flowers and 2 parts nettle in a pot and cover with boiling water.
Stir well, cover and steep for 15 minutes.
Drink hot in your favourite, ahem, bone china cup.
Question Of The Day: A cup of tea is my favourite ritual. What’s yours?
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