winter is coming. the days are shortening and there is a chill in the morning air. ryan and i even lit a fire the past two nights! i am learning to love the change of seasons more and more. i am finding it fits into the rhythms of life so well. i need the rest that winter brings; i want to attend to the stack of books that are beckoning me.
today’s recipe is an herbal tea blend that i put together full of flowers, herbs & fruits that are rich in vitamin c.
*rosehips~ one of the highest sources of vitamin c, the “fruit” of the rose plant, immune system booster, high in vitamin a, full of antioxidants, rosehips are antiviral & anti-bacterial
*orange peel~ a lesser but still good source of vitamin c, the peel holds the most vitamins & minerals
*hibiscus~ rich in vitamin c, lowers blood pressure
*elder flower~ ancient herb for treating flu, reduces inflammation, antiviral properties
*lemon balm~ used to treat anxiety, fight bronchial inflammation and the flu, relaxes the muscles of the stomach
*ginger~ used in remedies against cold and flu, powerful anti-inflammatory, increases circulation, antiviral, aids the gut and boosts liver health
mix equal parts of each of the above ingredients together and store in a glass jar. when you’re ready to make tea, scoop out 3 tablespoons of the mixture into a quart size mason jar and let it steep for 10 minutes. i like to add a tablespoon or two of honey to my jar also. enjoy, friends!