Thursday, March 31, 2011

Prosperi-Tea Herbal Tea

Technique: Herbcraft

A lovely floral and sweet tea, with a glorious scent of chamomile and orange.

3 cups chamomile flowers
1/2 cup bergamot leaves
1/2 cup red clover
1 cup lemon balm
1/2 cup jasmine flowers
5 tablespoons dried orange peel

For those curious about herbal lore, the herbs I have chosen to make this tea are reputed to have energies that attract wealth and prosperity.

I have a food dehydrator rack that I use to dry the peel, you could just hang the peel up in long strips and let it air dry over the space of a week and then grind up the peel in either a food processor or a mortar and pestle.  Combine all the ingredients and store in an air tight container.  As this is made with whole flowers, rather than finely ground, I use at a rate of around a tablespoon per cup.

Last year all the gifts I gave at Christmas were handmade.  There were cookies, cordials, candies and about six different selections of herbal teas packaged in a little tub with a hand made swing tag.  Three months later and I am still getting compliments and thank you messages from friends and family, which feels nice knowing they are getting enjoyment months later.

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