Tea has been a beloved drink around the world for centuries, with many varieties that make tea the perfect drink for all times of the day. Caffeinated black, oolong, and green teas are perfect for a morning wake up call, while the countless herbal tea recipes that exist are perfect to end the night with. Of course, the most important thing about tea is all of the wonderful things it can do for us.
The Benefits of Tea
Tea, in its purest form, is a very healthy beverage. White and green teas contain lots of antioxidants while black and oolong teas have enough caffeine to sustain you throughout the day. Meanwhile, herbal teas can soothe a sore throat, alleviate stress, or help you sleep at the end of the day. The best news about tea, however, is that most of the things that make up these beneficial combinations are so easy to get ahold of, that you can make your own tea recipes without difficulty. Watch the video below to learn how to make your own tea blends for focus and for a good night’s sleep.
Tea for Focus
1-part sage (flowers only)
1-part yarrow leaves
Tea ball or bag
Cup or mug
Tea for Sleep
½ part cinnamon
Cup or mug
Bonus Tea Recipes
Skin-Soothing Bath Tea
As wonderful as tea is to drink, it can be used externally as well, specifically in the bath. Tea, combined with Epsom salts and herbs, can help your skin look healthier, and soothe sore muscles at the end of a long day. Here’s a recipe that includes cocoa tea that you can give as a gift, or keep all to yourself.
1 1/2 cups Epsom salt
1/2 cup Himalayan pink salt
1/2 cup powdered milk (or substitute powdered coconut milk)
1/2 cup organic dried rose petals
6tbsp cacao tea (or substitute cocoa powder for the tea)
15-20 drops cacao essential oil
Biodegradable tea bags or muslin bags
Mason jar with lid
In a large bowl, mix 1/2 cup powdered milk with the cacao tea, dried rose petals, and salts.
Add the essential oil and thoroughly mix your ingredients.
Scoop the tea mixture into reusable muslin or tea bags. Tie tightly. Alternatively, you can store your tub tea in mason jars and scoop into your muslin or tea bags shortly before use.
To use, steep your tea for a few minutes in hot bathwater before getting in. You can also place the tea bag directly under the running bathwater. The water should be hot enough to steep the tea but be careful not to scald yourself.
After use, place the contents of the tub tea into your compost or organics bin. Make sure to wash your muslin bags before your next bath
Hair Hydration Tea Mask
Another recipe for tea that’s not for drinking, but just as beneficial. If you’re struggling with dry, brittle hair, tea can help with that too.
6 Chamomile Tea Bags (Can be any combination of chamomile tea in order to get the added benefits of other ingredients.)
1 cup water
1 cup dried chamomile flowers
Greek yogurt (measurements differ according to hair length)
2tbls coconut oil
Boil tea and flowers in water and let steep for 5-10 minutes, then let cool.
In another bowl, combine remaining ingredients till they form a paste.
Add chamomile tea to mixture.
Apply mixture to dry hair and leave for 1-2 hours.
Rinse and wash hair with normal shampoo.
Stress Relief Tea
Sometimes the world is too much, tasks begin to pile up, and the worry becomes so much that everything grinds to a halt. If you need a little help de-stressing, this is the tea for you.
Colds and sore throats are a staple of colder weather. Should you wake up in the morning feeling a bit restricted in the esophagus, give this lovely ginger tea a try.
1 ½ cups boiling water
1tsp ground ginger (or feel free to use fresh)
Squeeze of lemon
Pour hot water into a mug.
Stir in ginger, honey, and a squeeze of lemon.
Adjust honey and lemon to your liking. Sip slowly and repeat as needed.
Hot Spiced Tea for the Holidays
The holidays are here, and that means warm drinks are always welcome. What better drink than tea, which is basically a hug in a cup? Here are two holiday teas that you can make for a get-together with family, or that you can make as gifts for your friends and family. First is a caffeinated spiced black tea:
3 1/2 oz (100g) of black tea
1 cinnamon stick
1 vanilla pod
Peel the superficial skin (leave the white part) of the orange and lemon. Dry the zests in your preheated oven at 210°F (100°C) for 30 minutes. Let cool, then cut into small pieces.
Meanwhile, grind cloves and cinnamon with a mortar and pestle or in a spice grinder.
Split the vanilla pod lengthwise, and into 1 inch sections.
Mix all ingredients in a bowl and pour into a confectioner bag.
Steep in boiling water and enjoy!
Herbal Holiday Tea
Now for a beautiful holiday herbal tea made with cocoa and peppermint. What’s more holiday than that?
½ cup peppermint tea leaves
¼ cup Dutch process cocoa powder
2tbsp finely chopped cacao nibs
Sift the cocoa powder into a small bowl. Stir in the peppermint leaves and cocoa nibs.
Store in an airtight container until ready brew.
To Brew: Use 1tsp of tea blend per 250ml of kettle boiled water.
Place tea blend in a reusable tea bag or tea strainer and place in a mug with hot water. Let steep for 5-10 min.
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