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An Uplifting Tea that will Make You Sparkle All Season

What was I thinking?

Of course we love the Holidays, or at least we want to love the Holidays.  We start off with great enthusiasm putting parties, lunches, shopping, and travel on our schedule only to look at it and say, “What was I thinking?”.  Backing out is not the preferred option, but now that you are committed what can you do?  Well, make a delicious tea that works to ease overindulgence, lack of sleep, and the mental fatigue that goes along with our busy Holiday schedule.

  

Simple Ingredients, Easy to Make

This tea has 9 ingredients, most of which you will find in your spice cabinet.  The rest can be toggled together using boxed tea. If you are lucky enough to have a store that carries loose/bulk herbs, like here in Aurora, Colorado with Natural Grocers (aka: Vitamin Cottage), you will have more control over flavor, but the tea will work either way.

Enjoyed Yourself A Little Too Much

This tea is designed to address stress, hangover, digestive upsets, mental fatigue and lack of sleep. It supports heart and blood sugar balance. The herbs were chosen for their accessibility as well as their actions, so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding them in one form or another.  Make a quart in advance and have it ready to go, or mix it up and make it one cup at a time.  Delicious and helpful either way.  If you are using tea bags, it is easiest to make a quart and put it in the refrigerator.

 

Here’s the Recipe

  • 3 Tbls. Nettle  (2 tea bags)
  • 3 Tbls. Hibiscus (2 tea bags)
  • 2 Tbls. Chamomile (2 tea bag)
  • 2 Tbls. Ginkgo Biloba (2 tea bag)
  • 1 tbl. Orange peel – dried or fresh
  • 2 tsp. Rosemary
  • 2 tsp. Fennel
  • 1 Cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp. Stevia - or to taste

Steeping Options

All Loose Herbs

  • Blend all ingredients together.
  • Put in jar or other airtight container
  • You can scoop and steep in the amount you desire

Tea Bags

  • Take ½ the recipe and put into a quart jar.
  • Pour hot water over and let steep for 10 minutes.

you can make a stronger tea by leaving the herbs to steep in the jar for 8 hours or over night.  Strain out herbs and put the tea in the refrigerator.  At this point you can either do a "shot" of the tea, or add ice and water, or reheat the tea (I pour a little into a festive Mug, and add hot water). 

 

Take A Breath and Sip a Cup of Tea

Simply sitting and relaxing with a cup of tea is in itself comforting, and gives you a break from the hustle of the season, but the added action of the herbs in this blend should give you a measure of joy to go along with the comfort.  Enjoy.

 

The Herbs For Those Who Want to Know:

Nettle - builds blood, clears toxins, balances adrenals and Kidneys, improves immunity

Hibiscus - decreases hangover, relieves constipation, reduces fever, relieves hypertension, improves stamina

Chamomile - relaxes nerves, decreases inflammation, clears toxins, reduces headache, improves digestion

Rosemary - improves memory, brain function, and stamina, decreases anxiety, relieves colds and bronchitis, reduces bad breath

Ginkgo Biloba - antibacterial, anti-fungal, improves memory and brain function, cardio and kidney tonic

Orange Peel - antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, relieves cough, improves digestion, fights colds, brightens mood and memory

Fennel - builds immunity, relaxes bronchi, stabilizes blood sugar, reduces fever and hangover

Cinnamon - improves digestion, fights colds and bacteria, improves immunity

Stevia - decreases dental decay, relieves fatigue, decreases heartburn, sweetener

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