DIY refreshing tea blends

Now that it is getting warmer outside, it’s the perfect time to relax and renew with a refreshing and healthy tea blend. Next time, instead of buying an ordinary tea blend, try making your own extraordinary one by utilizing some simple ingredients. Not only is this an easy way to unwind, it’s a perfect way to impress your guests during your next outdoor soiree. Also, make sure to check us out this Wednesday on Daybreak to learn more.

Simple Relaxing Tea Blend
You can make a simple, relaxing tea blend by using fresh herbs from your own garden. All you need to do is combine mint with lemon balm to make a memorable blend.  Just take a handful of lemon balm sprigs (about 8) and mint sprigs (about 4) and gently tear apart to release the healing properties. Then add to about four cups of water and bring to a boil. After simmering for about 15 minutes, you have a simple relaxing tea that tastes great. You can also try lemon basil or lemon thyme which also taste great with mint. You can serve hot or cold, but keep in mind that hot tea in the summer is a staple in India and Britain because it can actually cool you off. This is because the receptors in your tongue alert your body to cool down when they taste something that is hot. What more, mint and lemon balm  are known to help increase digestion and calm nerves. Lemon balm is also known to help insomnia.You can experiment with different types of mint (such as peppermint) and even use dried herbs if that is easier for you. Use three lemon balm tea bags and one mint tea bag in about four cups of boiling water if you are going that route.

Rooibos Tea Latte 
When you need a little pep in your step, you can make an energizing tea that will help get you going and replace your morning coffee latte. Start with some Rooibos Tea, also known as African Red tea, which has high levels of flavonoids, polyphenols and phenolic acid that helps to boost your body. After preparing your tea and letting it steep for about 15 minutes, add a touch of vanilla (like one vanilla seed from the vanilla pod) instead of sugar to enhance the flavor. You will find that the vanilla really brings out the bold, earthly and delightful flavor of the Rooibos. Finally, add some chilled almond milk to your tea to give it the latte effect. Not only is almond milk great for those who are lactose intolerant, it also contains vital vitamins and minerals and is low in calories.

Tropical Party Blend
For your next party, skip the boring iced tea and serve an exciting tropical blend instead. Start with some hibiscus tea, which is a light and lively blend that is known for it’s great tropical taste and healthy benefits. In fact, according to WebMD, drinking three cups of herbal tea containing hibiscus each day can help lower blood pressure. After brewing your hibiscus, add a half of a cinnamon stick and a touch of agave to even out the tart flavor and enhance the natural spicy aroma. Your guests will love it!

Fresh Basil with English Tea and Strawberry
Not only is basil delicious in cooking, it can also provide the base for a super refreshing tea. Simply start with about four sprigs of sweet basil and lightly tear it to active the flavors. Next add two bags of english tea and boil the basil and tea for for about 10 minutes in around four cups of water. Remove from heat and stir in about two tablespoons of agave nectar and set aside. Next slice up about three cups of fresh organic strawberries and and add to your tea. You can either strain the mixture or serve chilled in a big pitcher. Another idea is to drain and then freeze your basil blend in ice trays and then add the cubes to flavor your summer cocktails or have as popsicles.  Delicious!