Many of you have seen my spice drawer, it's always in some state of disarray. I also have another area filled with ingredients I use to make herbal tea blends. You'll find dozens of little white bags filled with chamomile, hibiscus, dried nettles, citrus peels, ginger and the like. Inviting a spectrum of teas into your life is great way to supplement different vitamins and minerals, and hydrate at the same time. Along those lines, my philosophy is that every glass of tea is an opportunity to do something nice for your body. So, whenever inspired, I blend a couple of small containers full of different ingredients to brew - usually some sort of seasonal or supportive blend, and then keep the containers on hand at both the house and our work studio.
Homemade Vitamin C Tea Blend
I thought I'd share an easy favorite with you today - a Vitamin C Tea Blend. This one is much appreciated when an immunity boost is needed, or for the times when we're stressed, over-worked, or just dragging a bit. Hibiscus and rose hips are both Vitamin C power houses, and I like to add a good bit of saffron, and lemon peel for dimension and flavor. The pronounced tang and vibrancy of this tea is something I love straight, but feel free to sweeten if you prefer.
More Homemade Tea Blends
Enjoy! Also, click here if you think you'd also like to make more of your own homemade spice blends. -h
Vitamin C Tea Blend
There are a lot of great sources for tea ingredients online, and often at farmers' markets. I always look for unsprayed, preferably organic. And you can dry your own lemon peel at home. I prefer to peel it, remove any white pith by scraping with a knife, and then thinly hand cutting the peel. Allow to dry in a warm sunny place until completely dry. Store in air-tight container. Alternately, you can use a dehydrator.
- 3 tablespoons dried hibiscus, crushed
- 3 tablespoons dried rose hips, crushed
- a generous pinch of saffron threads
- 1 teaspoon dried lemon peel
Combine all the ingredients and place in a container.
To brew the tea, pour ~three cups of water over a generous 1 tablespoon of the tea blend. Allow to steep for at least four minutes, longer if you prefer a stronger brew. Strain and enjoy. You can use for multiple brews.
Makes about 1/3 cup.