I love the ruby red color of this tea. The hibiscus, lemongrass and orange peel gives this tea a nice tart, lemony and berry flavor; while the cardamom adds a subtle touch of floral notes.
I think this is the longest I have gone without posting. I had planned on having a post finished by the time I left for Arizona but it didn’t happen. It is ok, because Ang and I had a fun week together. We had our first pop-up dinner and it was awesome! It was a learning experience for sure! We need to work on portion size because we made too much food. Also, next time we will start prep a day earlier. The pop-up was a lot of work for two people but we pulled it off!
I am now back in California and I am excited to share this delightful tea blend with you. I originally made this tea as part of my wedding gift bags. I put some simple gift bags together for my girlfriends who had to travel to attend our wedding. The gift bags contained this tea in reusable tea bags that I stuffed into an 8 oz. ball jar with cute homemade labels. I also included my mandarin salt that I put into little 1 oz. jars with the homemade labels. I bought some really cute tiny ceramic bowls from my favorite ceramic artist, that I also added along with a packet of cashew butter for a little snack and 2 cocktail umbrellas to give a festive flair.
Not only is this tea delicious; it‘s extremely high in antioxidants, chocked full of vitamin C, a great anti-inflammatory and great for lung support.
Recipe: 27 – 1 teaspoon servings for a 6 oz. cup of water or alter the amount to your taste
- 1/4 Cup Organic Hibiscus Flowers
- 1/4 Cup Organic Dried Lemongrass
- 1 Tablespoon Organic Dried Orange Peel
- 7 Organic Cardamom Pods – smashed seeds removed
Measure and mix the hibiscus, lemongrass and orange peel together.
Crush the cardamom pods with the back of a spoon, remove the black seeds and add to the tea blend.
Stir in the cardamom seeds and store in an air-tight container.
Add the tea to a mesh tea ball or reusable tea bag. Steep for a couple minutes or to desired strength.
Hibiscus Flowers is a simple way to increase your antioxidant intake due to the high vitamin C content. The antioxidant properties can help reverse the inflammatory process in your body and has the ability to lower high blood pressure. It protects against chronic disease, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and cancer. It helps lower “bad” LDL cholesterol from the body, therefore it helps protect against heart disease and blood vessels from damage.
Dried Lemongrass has powerful pain relieving properties that are useful for all types of pain, including abdominal, headaches, joint, muscle, digestive tract spasm, muscle cramp, and others. Lemongrass is recommended for injuries and increases the body’s ability to repair damaged connective tissue like cartilage, ligaments and tendons. The antioxidant content in lemongrass, contributes to liver and pancreatic health by helping the body to remove toxins. It is linked to lowering and normalizing cholesterol levels and improves the blood circulation.
Dried Orange Peel is useful when treating coughs, asthma, bronchitis, tightness in the chest, and colds. It helps the body eliminate phlegm from the lungs. Drinking orange peel tea helps digestion. It is useful for relieving gas, bloating, nausea and upset stomach.
Do not drink orange peel tea while you’re pregnant. It might cause problems for the baby. Be careful if you’re suffering from hyperthyroidism.
Cardamon Pods are high in antioxidants and are known to detoxify the body by cleaning up free radicals and reduces cellular aging. They help clean out the urinary tract, bladder, and kidneys, removing excess salt, water, toxins and helps combats infections. It is used to fight nausea, loss of appetite, acidity, heartburn, bloating, gas, constipation, and more. Cardamom is related to ginger and turmeric with some of the same properties that counteract digestive problems and has anti-inflammatory properties that reduce pain and swelling. Cardamom is considered to be extremely valuable for asthma patients and helps to expel phlegm from the lungs. It helps to improved blood circulation and it significantly lowers blood pressure.