What’s better than looking out at the frosty world from the comfort of your living room and sipping a hot cup of herbal tea? A lot of things, I’m sure, but this is pretty good indeed. Here, I’m going to share with you five of my favorite winter time herbal teas that are sure to knock your wool socks off!
What Herbal Teas Are Inside?
- Hibiscus and Ginger Tea
- Chai Tea
- Mint and Rosemary Tea
- Lavender-Chamomile Herbal Tea
- Sage Tea
- Tea Brewing Tools
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Hibiscus and Ginger Tea
A long time ago, I worked at an international school in West Africa. The kindergarten teacher at the school was from England and would always go home after school to have afternoon tea with the other English ladies who were around. While I didn’t often participate in afternoon tea, I did often drink a traditional West African tea from the region made from hibiscus leaves and ginger. It is a very tasty sweet and tart drink that has a striking deep crimson color. So good! The ginger is great for waking up nauseated or with muscle aches and pains. And the hibiscus is packed with antioxidants and is so flavorful.
Bring all ingredients to boil for at least 5 minutes. The longer you boil, the stronger the tea will be. Serve warm in tea glasses, or cold in tall glasses over ice.
The second tea, and my wife’s favorite BTW, is Chai. Traditionally, Chai tea has four components: tea, sweetener, milk and spices. I love the spiciness of the black pepper and ginger! This recipe creates a mix that can be added to your tea one cup at a time, or mix it in a pot for a large group. This recipe was modified from one in The Homesteader’s Herbal Companion: The Ultimate Guide to Growing, Preserving, and Using Herbs – such a great book, love it!
- 2 tbsp ground ginger
- 1 tbsp ground black pepper
- 2 tsp ground allspice
- 2 tbsp ground cardamom
- 1 tsp grated nutmeg
- 11/2 tbsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground cloves
- 1 ½ tsp ground star anise
Mix all of the ingredients together then add a teaspoon to your favorite tea while it steeps. Then, add milk/cream/sugar to taste. You can either strain out the herbs, or drink it and avoid the sludge at the bottom of your cup.
Peppermint and Rosemary Tea
Peppermint and rosemary tea is so easy with only two ingredients and it just hits the right spot on a cold January morning after all the holidays have passed and the pace of life returns to normal.
- 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
- 1 tsp dried peppermint (or regular old mint)
Combine the rosemary and peppermint in a tea infuser and steep away till it’s at the desired strength.
Lavender Chamomile Herbal Tea
Here’s one to help you get to sleep on those long winter nights when the days are short and the nights are long! We all know that Chamomile has long been used as a sleep aid and the sweet scent of the lavender helps soothe your restless body even before the cup hits your lips.
Combine all the ingredients in a tea infuser and steep, steep, steep to help you get right to sleep!
Sage tea is great for that scratchy itchy morning sore throat that always seems to happen when everyone is huddled together inside fighting the bitter cold outside.
- 1 tsp dried sage
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- honey or sugar to taste
Combine all the ingredients in a tea infuser and steep until it just feels right.
Tea Brewing Tools
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