This time of year, I always have the faint longing for spring. I eye the ground hopefully, looking for that first almost-there flower bulb peeking out of the earth, its green shoots braving the cold winter air, while its roots stay firmly snuggle underground. I begin to think of my garden, of the radishes and lettuces I wish to plant. I find there is no better remedy for this early spring fever than a cup of Orange Lavender tea--it has the subtle brightness of spring from the citrus and the soothing floral aroma of winter's passing from the lavender. So when you find yourself longing to be in the dirt sowing those first seeds in your garden even though spring is still a long way off, console yourself with this gently fortifying blend.
1/2 cup tulsi
1/2 cup dried orange peels
1/4 cup lavender
1/4-1/2 cup spearmint (depending on how minty you want it to be)
Blend all ingredients in a bowl and transfer to an airtight container. Keep away from direct sunlight and heat. To brew, use a heaping tablespoon per cup of hot water. Add more tea per cup of water for a stronger brew. Makes approximately two cups of tea. Enjoy!
Health properties of ingredients:
Dried orange peel: contains vitamins A, B, and C; unblocks stagnant energy.
Lavender: a traditional nerve tonic and relaxant; antiseptic and antibacterial.
Spearmint: soothes nerves, motion sickness; cures headaches, cramps, sore throats, and stomach aches.
Tulsi: helps body adapt to stress by balancing out cortisol levels, antibacterial, and anti-fungal.
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