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Fresh Brewed Herbal Sun Tea

Staying hydrated is so important in the summer, especially if you spend lots of time outdoors sweating, but plain water gets boring and store bought soft drinks and other beverages are full of sugar and other unhealthy ingredients and can be expensive.

Why not brew your own tea this summer using herbs and edible flowers? It couldn't be easier!

My favorite tea blend right now is chocolate mint & vanilla bean with honey, but the combinations you can create are endless!  You can even make individual mason jars full of sun tea, each tailored to a specific family member's taste!

I fill my jars about a quarter full with herbs/add-ins then fill  to the top with water.

You'll Need:

Glass bottle or pitcher
Handful of fresh herbs or edible flowers, unsprayed, rinsed and picked through for bugs

Optional add-ins

Honey, simple syrup or other sweetener of choice
Slices or peels of lemon, lime or orange
Fresh berries, melon cubes or cucumber slices
Cinnamon sticks, cardamom pods, ginger slices, or vanilla beans

To Brew your Tea:

Add a generous handful of clean fresh herbs or edible flowers (and citrus, berries, sweetener, etc. if desired) to your jar. Fill with water to completely cover the herbs. Cover, shake to mix well and set in the sun - even a sunny windowsill works - for 5 to 6 hours.

When your tea has achieved the desired color, strain out the solids (your chickens will love them!), pour the liquid into a pitcher and chill. 

Your tea will last for several days in the refrigerator. You can also brew the same herbs for your chickens for a nutritious, refreshing drink on a hot summer day. Just leave out the citrus slices and sweetener for their tea. 

If you're in a hurry, you can also brew herbal tea right in your coffee maker, but for a true 'summer experience', you've got to use the sun!  

-Fill your jar about a quarter full with fresh herbs-
-Shake to mix well and set in the sun-
-when your tea is done, strain the solids and chill the liquid-
-pour your herbal sun tea over ice and enjoy!-

Good Choices for Herbal Sweet Tea

Anise Hyssop     Bee Balm    Calendula      Chamomile     
Echinacea     Lavender     Lemon Balm    Lemongrass     Lemon Verbena   
Mint     Nasturtium     Pineapple Sage     Rose Petals     Sunflowers     Violets

~add-ins include vanilla beans, cardamom pods, cinnamon sticks, berries and citrus slices~

If You're Feeling a Bit More Adventurous...
Why not try Some of these 'Savory' Teas

Basil      Chive     Dill     Fennel     Oregano     Parsley
Rosemary     Sage     Tarragon     Thyme

~add-ins include cucumber slices, melon cubes, and berries~

For a list of some of the most common culinary herbs and their health benefits, click HERE.

Feel free to mix and match from these lists to create your own 'signature' herbal tea blend. So brew yourself some refreshing, nutritious herbal tea this summer. And please let me know what your favorite tea or tea blend is. I would love to discover some new ones to try! 

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