I subscribe to a healthy living magazine each month and look forward to reading articles about wellness. I have noticed over recent months how the features on tea and the benefits of drinking tea have started to increase, which is great to see. This month there were two Local Tea Company favorite herbs mentioned which prompted me to share a bot more detail about both here.

The first is Hibiscus (Hibiscus sabdariffa) which makes an amazing iced tea with a lovely red color and unique, bright, tart taste. Research tells us that this tea is said to help lower cholesterol and blood pressure. It is also a very good source of Vitamin C but is best know for the cooling effect drinking this tea has on your body.

Hibiscus

Imagine that, a natural body refrigerant which came in very handy this summer at the Sarasota Farmer’s Market! It is perfect when garnished with a sprig of fresh mint.  I have written a lot about Hibiscus in this blog, including last summer, but this time we have a picture!!

Boil four cups of water and infuse with ½ cup of leaves. Leave to infuse for at least 10 minutes. If you leave for longer the liquor becomes darker and more flavorful. Leave to cool before pouring over ice. (Be careful when working with Hibiscus as it may stain).

The second herb is Organic Egyptian Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) known for its gentle caressing nature.  We offer a Fair Trade Chamomile grown in the Nile River Valley.  I have written about Chamomile in an earlier post (Cami to Chamomile) when I was not a fan.  I have really grown to not only appreciate, but truly enjoy my “cami” and I hope you do as well.

Egyptian Chamomile

A warm tea of chamomile flowers is floral and rich. Chamomile calms, cools and tranquilizes to help you fall asleep naturally. Not only can you drink as a tea, you can use as a gentle spritzer on your skin or in your bath water as Chamomile relaxes tension in your muscles and softens the skin. For you blondes out there Chamomile will highlight your hair when used as a rinse!

For the spritzer use a tablespoon of dried flowers per 8 ounces of water. Cool before pouring into a spray bottle or soak a clean cloth in the liquor and use as a cooling compress.

These are two beautiful tea treats for your body and soul.  Stay well with Hibiscus and Chamomile.

Cheers,

the TeaLady

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