Ahhhh...summer. The time for long afternoons reading on your patio over a cup of tea--hot or iced. The time when flowers are blooming and the bees are happily tickling your lavender buds in an attempt to collect and distribute pollen. The time of year when I start craving light floral teas that mimic the bounty of the season.
One of my favorite blends that perfectly captures the season is my Summer Lovin' Rose-Lavender Blend, a tisane, or herbal tea, that combines rose petals, lavender buds, and raspberry leaves for a lady-like tea that is delicious either hot or cold--and perfect for any occasion, from an afternoon tea with the ladies to an impromptu iced tea in the shade after tending your garden.
Yes, this tea is decidedly romantic with its fragrant rose and lavender perfume wafting from your cup. The raspberry leaf binds these two flavors together with its own light black tea taste with floral undertones. One cup of this is enough to make you see summer through rose colored glasses--if you aren't already! As a bonus, these herbs are healing powerhouses--details below.
1-part rose petals
1-part raspberry leaf
Combine ingredients in a bowl and store in a mason jar. To brew a perfect cup, use one tablespoon of blend per cup of boiling water. Let soak for 5-7 minutes. Enjoy!
Health properties of ingredients:
Lavender: a traditional nerve tonic and relaxant; antiseptic and antibacterial.
Raspberry leaf: rich in vitamins A, B, C, E, magnesium; tones uterus; relieves tension.
Rose petals: soothes skin; mild sedative and natural stress reliever; rich in vitamin C.
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