Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Sleep Well Tea - Herbal tea formula #9 in a series - Designed for a deep restful sleep.

Time for Tea

Sleep Well Tea


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

Sleep Well Tea: I designed this soothing and gentle tea to help relax you and ease you into a deep restful sleep. It has a delightful lemon flavor and is mildly cooling on the throat. Enjoy this tea anytime you want some comfort.


SLEEP WELL TEA Formula:

0,60 ounces (1/2 c.) Dried chamomile Flowers
0.40 ounces (6 T.) Dried Passion Flower Leaves
0.25 ounces (1/4 c.) Dried Lemongrass
0.25 ounces (5 T.) Dried Spearmint Leaves
0.20 ounces (2 T.) Dried Skullcap
0.20 ounces (5 ml) Organic Lemon Essential Oil


Method:

Measure all the ingredients by weight, even the lemon essential oil.

Place all the dried herbs in a small glass jar with an air-tight lid.
Drop the lemon essential oil onto the herbs, seal jar tightly, and shake well.
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.


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