Wellness Teas, Part II

picture101Last month, we explored a few of the many connections between tea and wellness.  Did you enjoy the After Dinner Blend, or perhaps the Healthy Blood Pressure Blend?  Today we will share two additional herbal varieties, Healthy Skin Blend and Stress Relief Blend.

Be Well!

Healthy Skin Blend (makes 15 cups)

I’ve often lovingly referred to this blend as “Teenager Tea,” because of the healthy skin properties inherent in these herbs.  Rooibos is made from the leaves of the Calicotome villosa plant, and is chock full of antioxidants, including Vitamin C.  Dried raspberry leaf is also high in antioxidants and has a long history in folk medicine.  There are many accounts of raspberry leaf being steeped as a purification brew and applied directly to skin rashes as a poultice.  Rosehip has long been used in skincare preparations, although the jury is still out as far as scientific research is concerned.  Finally, ginger contains chemical properties which may help to regulate natural oils for healthy skin.

To prepare this blend, simply combine the following four ingredients, readily available in spice shops or the bulk spice section of better markets (pictured clockwise from top):

picture098 (2)1 heaping tablespoon Crystallized Ginger

1 heaping tablespoon Red Rooibos

2 heaping tablespoons Raspberry Leaf

1 heaping tablespoon Dried Rosehip

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Combine all ingredients in a small container (4 ounce jelly jars are pretty, reusable, and just the right size).  For each cup of tea, add 1 teaspoon of the herbal blend to a tea ball or empty tea bag (available wherever loose teas are sold).  Place the tea ball or tea bag in a mug along with 8 to 10 ounces of boiling water.  Steep for 7 minutes for a mild, caramel brew with a slightly astringent aftertaste.  Enjoy!

Stress Relief Blend (makes 12 – 15 cups, depending upon strength)

I don’t know how anyone could enjoy a cup or two of this delicious, soothing tea and still feel stressed.  The combination of chamomile and peppermint is sublime, with ginger providing a pinch of punch and a dash of sweetness.

Combine the following ingredients (pictured clockwise from top):

picture0992 heaping tablespoons Chamomile

2 heaping tablespoons Peppermint

1 heaping tablespoon Crystallized Ginger

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After combining, spoon 1 teaspoon of the herbal blend into a tea ball or tea bag.  Steep in 8 to 10 ounces of boiling water for 5 minutes to create a sweet, minty beverage.  If you find you like your tea beverages a bit stronger, use an extra 1/2 teaspoon in your next cup.

Enjoy, and Be Well!

As promised last month, Crowded Earth Kitchen will revisit the topic of tea from time to time.  If you have a favorite herb or type of tea that you would like to see featured, please comment below!