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Freeze Your Tea

Freeze Your Tea

As we get deeper into July, it is becoming clear that summer is upon us. Hot days at the pool, running around in the sprinkler, sitting by the beach, laying out, and feeling the golden rays of the sun soak into our skin. As great […]

Make Some Watermelon Iced Tea

Make Some Watermelon Iced Tea

On a hot summer day there’s nothing like biting into some fresh watermelon – it hits the spot like no other. Taking a slice of watermelon, biting into the sweetness of it, the juices running down your chin. It is more juice and water than […]

Try Some Earl Grey Oatmeal

Try Some Earl Grey Oatmeal

Try Some Earl Grey Oatmeal

Waking up can really be a traumatic experience – that alarm blares again and again, your eyelids are heavy, and you feel extremely bothered and warm. Or if it’s winter – really cold. When you pull yourself from the comfort of your bed, you want something wonderful to keep you out of it. One surefire thing is a good cup of tea. A warm steaming cup of black tea that will fill you with the life energy that was zapped from you by the previous day. A break between waking up and realizing the all of the tasks and items you have to go through today, before you have to put your face for the world. That break doesn’t have to stop there – your whole breakfast could be filled with the wonder of tea. You could try some Earl Grey Oatmeal. This overnight recipe via Leanne Bakes will take that horrible morning to just right.

Calming Overnight Earl Grey Tea Porridge

Leanne Bakes

Yields two servings. Or one giant one.

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups water
2/3 cups rolled oats (I just use the quick cook ones)
2 tablespoons Earl Grey Tea
1 packet Natural Calm by Natural Vitality
any toppings you’d like

Directions
Bring the water to a boil, and steep the tea  for 2-3 minutes. (Sometimes I will let them sit for up to 20 minutes, but it depends on how you like your tea). Remove the tea leaves after steeping, and allow to cool. Mix in the Natural Calm packet, stir well to dissolve, then add the oats.

Keep refrigerated overnight, and enjoy in the morning! Serve with some milk, fruit, honey, or sugar.

This recipe will provide a great way to refresh your morning and start your day right. Imagine all of different teas you could integrate  into just oatmeal – from green to white, to even herbal teas, it’s a great way to integrate tea and add new flavors. Tea could be what’s for breakfast, and that’s a morning to look forward to.

Tea Jello

Tea Jello

As wonderful as a cup of tea can be, it can get kind of hot especially for June.  You can go to iced tea or even go for a tea frappe, but even that can get old. As it turns out, one cool treat you […]

Undergraduate Makes Biscuits Out of Used Tea

Undergraduate Makes Biscuits Out of Used Tea

After you brew your tea – your tea leaves aren’t exactly done. They can be used in recipes and even getting the bags out from under your eyes.  Now an undergraduate makes biscuits out of used tea, giving used tea leaves one more use.  Izzudin […]

Add Dried Lemons to Your Tea

Add Dried Lemons to Your Tea

Add Dried Lemons to Your Tea

In terms of tea – Lemons are a staple. When someone asks “How do you take your tea?” the response is with cream and sugar, honey, or lemon.  They often add that tang, that precise zing that brings the tea to the next level.  Something even next level to that are dried lemons. You can make dried lemon tea  or even mix the dried lemons with other kinds of tea like green or black or even make a ginger lemon tea.  Not only is this a tasty drink but something that contains innumerable health benefits.

Lemons are known for containing vitamin C, which helps the body by strengthening its immune system. Lemons also help lower blood pressure, increase the size of blood vessels  to make blood flow smoothly, and it is even known to decrease the amount of lead in the body. New studies also suggest that this vitamin helps slow down the aging process by lowering the amount of free radicals that are found in the body.The citric acid also in lemons  helps the body in various ways. Strangely, this acid actually helps lower down the acidity level to help with digestion. Citric acid also aids in the dissolving of kidney stones and calcium deposits, and in turn helps prevent the formation of the same items. It also helps the body absorb minerals faster, and this acid has anti-oxidants which help fight against cancer.

Lemons also help in detoxifying the liver as well as cleaning the bowels by aiding in the movement of the kidneys. It helps in fighting against parasites, and even the peel has a potent material known as tangeretin, a phytonutrient that is said to help fight mental disorders.

With all of these health benefits, it’s good reason to add dried lemons to your tea. It’ll even make it taste better.

Make Sparkling Peach Tea

Make Sparkling Peach Tea

Nothing quite says summer like biting into a sweet, juicy peach. Even the colors of it: red and pink and orange look like a summer evening sky. It is not only is a wonderful summer motif, but exactly the thing to put a zing in […]

Make Your Own Mint Tea

Make Your Own Mint Tea

One great way to rejuvenate this spring time and with the coming of summer is Mint Tea, made with Green Tea. You can even make your own Green Tea.  Green tea  with mint is an excellent source of antioxidants that control and inhibit the growth of free […]

Make Some Sun Tea

Make Some Sun Tea

Make Some Sun Tea

With the weather getting hotter and the languid days of summer approaching, now is a great time to make Sun Tea. For those who haven’t heard of it, it’s letting go of the kettle and letting nature make tea for you. Essentially you put leaves in a sealed container where the sun can heat it and wait for a couple hours, and you have some sun brewed tea. It is important though to remember to sanitize your container before brewing tea in it – as it is not boiling, bacteria can form. That aside, making a good sun tea is a great way to really taste the summer. This doesn’t have to be done with plain black tea though, there is great opportunity for lots of recipes. Martha Stewart recommends an Herbal Sun Tea:

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons loose rooibos tea
  • 2 tablespoons dried lemon verbena or dried mint
  • 2 quarts cold water
  • Honey or sugar, to taste

Directions

  1. Place tea and lemon verbena or mint on a square of cheesecloth. Tie into a bundle with kitchen twine. Place tea bag in a large glass jar, and add water. Cover, and steep in direct sunlight for 2 hours.
  2. Strain tea, and discard solids. Stir in honey or sugar. Serve immediately, or refrigerate up to 3 days

 

There are plenty of things to try – though it is important to be safe. Sun tea can be really great, but if there’s bacteria in it, it can be not so awesome. Drinking any tea is a great way to kick off the summer – and drinking sun tea may be something to try.

A Peachy Green Tea Smoothie

A Peachy Green Tea Smoothie

Warmer weather in soon upon us and nothing quite says summer like peaches, especially in your tea. This recipe, via Jeanette’s Healthy Living, is a peachy green tea smoothie sure to hit the spot. Peach Green Tea Smoothie What you need: 1 large peach (sliced […]