Monday, December 7, 2015

Holiday Tea Blend Gift Idea: Cold Prevention and Healing, Delicious, Health-Boosting

Blending teas is so relaxing. Inhaling the aromas, imagining possibilities, figuring out a way to combine leaves and roots in a way that's healing for particular ailments, it's my happy place. For the holidays I wanted to dream up a delicious tea blend you could gift, share, or use that directly helps with seasonal-change issues.

This tea has natural sweetness from stevia leaf, a tart fruity flavor from the hibiscus and rose hips, and a nice kick from the ginger. I love smelling and tasting it! Here's how you can make it:

Combine the following dry ingredients

1 Tablespoon - Sage : Anti-Microbial and Anti-Viral + Helps with Phlegm if you have a cold
1 Tablespoon - Hibiscus : Vitamin and mineral powerhouse (especially C) + digestion boost
1/2 Tablespoon - Elderberry : Immunity Boosting + Vitamin Rich (again, especially C)
1 Tablespoon - Ginger : Warming, Detoxing, Anti-Viral, Anti-Microbial, Alkalizing, Digestive boost
1 Tablespoon - Rose hips : Tangy and Vitamin C rich- 1 cup has 901% Vitamin C content!
1/4 Tablespoon - Echinacea : Extreme immune system booster, helps prevent + heal colds
1 Teaspoon - Stevia Leaf : Natural sweetener with no affect of glycemic levels, diabetic safe

Serving Instructions

Add the loose tea to warm (not boiling, it can burn off some of the healing constituents) water and steep for 5 to 15 minutes. For a stronger batch (if you like a stronger flavor, of it you're sick), mix 1 tablespoon to one cup of water. For a less potent brew, 1 to 2 tablespoon(s) to 3 cups of water makes a tasty tea.

You can give this tea is a simple silver tin, in draw-string bags or in simple small plastic bags. Labels or a little instruction card on how to brew it or with the ingredients and its uses above makes this tea extra special. If you have trouble sourcing the herbs for this at a local health food store (or have none available online) Bulk Apothecary is a good place to start. And of course, Amazon is a good place to comparison shop.

If you don't make this exact blend, I hope this has you thinking creatively about blending something tasty and/or healthy to give out as gifts for the holidays! I like how you can make a large batch of food at once and bottle it up for friends and family.
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  1. This is such a thoughtful gift idea. Especially for someone who loves tea! I would like to try my hand at making my own blends.

    1. Do it, it's one of my favorite things to do :) I'll have many more posts on the topic coming throughout next year.

  2. that sounds really tasty I love tea but Ive never made my own blend

    retro rover

    1. I forgot to take a picture of the tea, its bright pink and very delicious :)

  3. I can imagine how delicious this blend would be!

    1. The ginger and sweet elements go together perfectly, it's so tasty!

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  5. I love herb teas, we have 7 different kinds in the cupboard right now :)

    1. Yum! I have a lot of loose leaf and home mixed ones. I've always loved it, but happy that it's my job now to have a mix 'em :D

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