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Capture the flavours, colours and beauty of summer with this vibrant fresh flower herbal tea. I love making this tea for friends and family because it is just so beautiful. Surprisingly, it has such a mild, floral flavour that it would also make a great substitute for your boring 8 glasses of water a day. Simply brew it stronger and pour it over ice, or brew it before bed, strain it and refrigerate it overnight. *Heaven!*
Ok, so I know I’ve have been MIA for a bit, but only because I’ve been lost in the garden. Between planting, harvesting and… well… partying I’ve been way too distracted to keep you in the loop. So to make up for it, I’ve come with a recipe/peace offering.
By now, you all know how obsessed I am with herbal tea, if not just scroll through my Instagram feed… you’ll see what I mean. I’ve been drinking fresh flower herbal teas from whatever edible flowers have been blooming in the garden. Right now it’s lavender, daylily, borage, and calendula, all of which are beyond abundant in the garden.
This is such an easy yet unique recipe that I just had to share it.
A word of caution, please only harvest your flowers from an area that is well known to you, ideally your own yard. Always garden using organic practices, for your heath and for that of the environment, as gardeners we are also stewards of the earth. Oh and of course, consult your healthcare provider before consuming herbal teas.
Fresh Flower Herbal Tea Recipe:
What you’ll need:
Fresh organic edible flowers, for this recipe I used calendula, lavender, borage, daylily and a few pansy blossoms.
Taste of Sunshine Fresh Flower Herbal Tea
- 3 Calendula blossoms
- 5 Lavender blossoms
- 7-10 Borage blossoms
- 1 Daylily blossom
- 3 Pansy blossoms
- 4 cups boiling water
Before you head out to the garden, boil your 4 cups of fresh filtered water. Once the water has boiled, remove it from the heat and head out to the garden. This will allow the water to cool slightly, I find the flowers hold their colour and shape better with hot but not boiling water.
Head out to the garden and harvest your blooms. I like to inspect them just make sure they are fresh and healthy, and they aren’t showing any signs of disease. I also like to make sure they aren’t home to any little creatures.
I used a large 2 litre vintage Mason jar for my tea, but just because it looks pretty and holds a lot of water, but feel free to use your usual teapot.
Place your fresh blooms in the pot and pour over hot water until blooms are covered. Stir with a wooden spoon and steep for 7-10 minutes. Strain and serve hot or cold over ice.
This recipe is also great with dried herbs, so pick a few extra blossoms while you are out and dehydrate them to use in the cooler months when you are dreaming of the scent of summer.
To learn more about herbal teas and herbal health pop over and see my friends at The Herbal Academy. I’m currently taking their Introduction to Herbalism online and I am loving it! If you want to learn more about that, follow my affiliate link and sign up, or comment below to ask me about the course, I’d love to share my experience thus far.
Ok, that’s it for now. Thanks for hanging out!