Tea

Flowering Tea

I love a warm cup of tea in the morning. One of my favorites is chamomile tea with fresh squeezed lemon juice. Not long ago I discovered flowering teas. They are visually stunning in my opinion. They are wonderful gifts for yourself of for someone you know that loves tea. Here are a few beautiful ones I think you may want to try. Some are flowering teas and others are just lose leaf teas that still have a beautiful appeal to them.

 

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Tea Bloom

If you are looking for a great gift check out Tea Bloom. Their teas are stunning and make beautiful gifts. They also offer a wide range of other tea products.Check them out here

 

STASH  artisan flowering teas

Stash tea also offer flowering teas. They do not have a selection as large as tea bloom but they have an awesome assortment  lose leaf  teas that you may want to check out as well.

Rosebud Black TeaRuby Hibiscus Herbal TeaPremium Pomegranate Black Tea

Rosebud black tea            Ruby hibiscus herbal tea      Pomegranate black tea

 

How to Brew Flowering Tea

So that you can capture the full beauty and wonder of your tea i recommend using a glass tea pot. (Check to make sure you have a glass teapot that is made for hot liquids you don’t want it to break) Glass tea pots can rang from $15 to $70 the higher in price the more options many of them come with.

Tealife - Glass Teapot - Heat Resistant Borosilicate - Pitcher – Kettle – No Dripping – BPA free - Great For Tea Juice Water – Hot and Iced - $14.99

Teabloom Amore Glass Teapot Gift Set – Borosilicate Glass Teapot with Infuser – 4-6 Cups (34 oz) – Two Blooming Tea Flowers Included $25.99

Your water should be between 170-180F°. Let steep  for about 2-3 minutes. It should take about 3-4 min for the flower to fully open for you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Peppermint

Peppermint is an easy plant to grow and will replenish its self easily and quickly. If you are going to grow this plant in your herb garden make sure you are using and harvesting it for teas and its many other uses. Also mint plant verities can crossbreed, but you don’t want this. The resulting plants may not smell as pleasant and the plants medicinal properties will be weekend. The cuttings of the plant can be used to grow a new plant. Peppermint plants like well-drained soil and lots of sun.

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The whole top part of the plant can be used. The leaves and steam are used in teas. Use the peppermint oil to add drops to water for tea as well or in a glass of drinking water to sooth an upset stomach.

Here are some of the uses for peppermint.

  • Digestive aid
  • Relieves nausea
  • Helps to expel gas from the stomach and intestines
  • Antispasmodic
  • Helps relax muscles.
  • Reduces cramps and Spasms in the stomach
  • Disinfectant
  • Antibacterial
  • Antiviral
  • An-inflammatory
  • Insecticidal
  • Antispasmodic

Peppermint oil can also be used as a mood and energy booster. The smell of that oil itself is relaxing and will help to distress you. You can mix a small amount with a carrier oil like Jojoba or sweet almond oil. Put the oil on your wrist where you can smell it throughout the day to help boost your mood and to relax you. It also improves mental alertness.

Peppermint Tea

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  1. Boil about 3 to 4 cups of water.
  2. Add the peppermint leaves turn heat off.
  3. Let the tea steep for 5 minutes.
  4. Pour through a tea strainer.
  5. Add the honey taste and enjoy.

Peppermint tea stops headache pain by opening up the brain’s constricted blood vessels, bringing relief headache pain. The tea is also great for helping to open up the sinuses. Next time you have a stuffy nose try a nice hot cup. Peppermint tea is great for helping to sooth upset stomachs and to relive some nausea.

How to Grow Peppermint

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Whitening toothpaste

Mix baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to make homemade toothpaste that will also

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Antiseptic Mouth Rinse

Use a cap full of hydrogen peroxide as a mouth rinse to help whiten teeth and kill germs that cause bad breath. You can also disinfect your toothbrush with it.

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Whitening Nails

Fill a bowl of warm water and mix with an equal parts hydrogen peroxide. Soak your fingertips and toes in mix to whiten your nails. You can also add baking soda to the water just be careful not to over soak. Both hydrogen peroxide and baking soda can dry your skin out and cause burns if you over dry your skin.

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Acne face wash 

Soak a cotton ball in hydrogen peroxide and rub over face for a as a face rinse. What this is doing is killing the bacteria that are causing acne breakouts.

Anti-septic,

Hydrogen peroxide is a natural antiseptic; therefore one of its most common uses is to clean wounds to prevent infection.