Monday, July 9, 2012

Herbal Tea Infusion

Water is essential, especially this time of year when the weather is hot and we need to increase our hydration.  Making a cold brew of herbal tea can not only help with this but also aid in digestion as well.  My wonderful friend Lindsey is always thoughtful when we get together, making a refreshing pitcher pleasing to the tummy and the eyes using herbs she grows right in her backyard!  Here is a recipe she used last time that settled nice after a small dinner with friends on a warm summer evening.  

1 bag of each of the following by Yogi Teas:
-Ginger, Lemon Ginger, and Echinecea Immune Support
Stalk of mint leaves and lavender flowers
A touch of your favorite sweetener

Brew for 10-15 mintues in a teapot, two times for a stronger flavor.  Pour over ice into a pitcher and cool.  Garnish by rubbing a stalk of apple mint (or mint of choice) and lavender flowers in your plams to release the oils and drop into tea.

Additional ways to refresh and cool down with your H2O is to add the following:
- Slices of cucumbers
- Fresh herbs such as parsely, lavendar, mint, rosehips, lemonbalm, sage, or rosemary
- Cooling spice such as cardomam pods
- Lemon or lime
- Frozen fruit such as strawberries, blueberries and raspberries (for flavor only).
- Edible flowers (organic violets, nasturtiums, rose petals, and scented geraniums, for example) to your ice cubes

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