Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Exotic Jasmine Spice Tea - Herbal tea formula #8 in a series (Caffeine-Free)

Time for Tea

Jasmine Spice Tea


This is the eighth in a series of herbal tea recipes I created and have posted on this blog. I hope you enjoy them all.

Jasmine Spice Tea: This delicious herbal tea is naturally caffeine-free. The jasmine flowers are delicate and sweet, and enhance the rooibos perfectly. The blend of spices make this tea even more exotic, and also enhance digestion. Drinking this fragrant, high antioxidant tea is a perfect way to end your evening.


JASMINE SPICE TEA Formula:

22 grams Red Rooibos Herbal Tea
11 grams Dried Jasmine flowers
8 grams Dried Orange Peel
8 grams Cinnamon Bark Chips
3 drops Cardamom Essential Oil
2 drops Clove Bud Essential Oil
1 drop Cassia Essential Oil


Method:

Place the dried orange peel and cinnamon bark chips in a small glass jar with an air-tight lid.
Drop the essential oils onto the orange peel and cinnamon, seal jar tightly, and shake well.
Add the rest of the dried herbs and shake to mix.
Let the flavors blend in the tightly sealed jar for a time, before brewing into a tea.

Store air-tight in a cool dark place.


Dried Jasmine Flowers


To Brew Herbal Tea:

Bring purified water to a boil in a stove-top kettle.
Place 1 to 2 teaspoons desired loose leaf herbal tea blend into a cup.
Pour about 1 cup boiling water over the herbs and cover the cup.
Allow to steep 5 minutes.
Strain and sweeten if desired.
Enjoy!


Sun Tea Preparation:

Fill a 1/2-gallon jar with purified water.
Fill a reusable tea bag with desired herbal tea formula (or pour herbs in jar and just strain out later).
Set the jar outside in the sunshine for 6 hours or so.
Chill the tea.


Tips:

You may use a bamboo tea strainer or Tea-ball to make straining your teas a snap.

At our house, we use a French coffee press to make bigger batches of tea - it works great!

Enjoy this herbal blend hot or iced.

Enjoy a cup on cold winter mornings and evenings to chase away the winter chill. They also help chase away colds and are so comforting. Try adding a squeeze of lemon and raw honey when serving. Or make it sugar-free by sweetening with Stevia Glycerite (recipe on this blog). About 4 drops Stevia Glycerite is all you need to sweeten your mug of herbal tea! We find that a cup of hot herbal tea helps us relax before bedtime.

During the heat of summer, try brewing as a sun tea, and then serve chilled with some Stevia Glycerite to lightly sweeten, maybe a splash of lemon or lime and lots of ice. Iced herbal tea makes a great thirst quencher and is so much better for your family than sugar-filled sodas, and such.

To your health,

Leila