A Spicy warming tea, to fuel your inner dragon fire.
Boil water and steep for 10 minutes then strain.
MERMAID ICED TEA
For this tea I used a 1:1:1 ratio of Rooibos (Red Bush Tea), rose tea and culinary lavender. To sweeten it, I used infused hibiscus honey.
Rooibos (pronounced ROY-boss) is also called African Red Bush Tea. Grown only in South Africa, the tea is made from the needle-like leaves of the shrub, which turn red as the tea oxidizes, or ferments. Rooibos is naturally caffeine-free and full of antioxidants and minerals such as calcium and zinc. The lovely Red Tea, as it is also called, seems to benefit the digestive system and can help with skin conditions due to its high levels of phenylpyretic acid, which has anti-inflammatory properties.
To make the tea, place the herbal tea blend onto several layers of cheesecloth and tie it into a pouch. Leave the string long enough so it’s easy to fish out after it’s “brewed.” Making a little pouch out of cheesecloth isn’t totally necessary, but it eliminates the step of straining the tea before you drink it.
Then place the tea sachet into a large jar and fill it with cool or room temperature water. (The jar pictured holds 1 liter.) Set the bottle in a sunny windowsill or outside in a sunny spot. In a few hours the tea will brew and be ready to drink! Give the tea sachet a good squeeze to make sure you get all the flavor out. It can then be discarded or placed in a compost bin.
I love my iced tea with a good squeeze of lemon and little drizzle of honey. I think I’m going to be making this once a week! It’s easy and delicious. You can use any kind of tea bags you like – green tea is another great one to try out.
Prep 2 hours
Total 2 hours
Yield 8 -12
A simple way to make herbal tea using the sun's rays to brew it.
Making moon tea is a lot like making sun tea, only it imbues different properties. With the moon being a feminine energy, this is a method to use if you're looking to balance feminine hormones, inspire self-love, or to harness the Goddess's nurturing attributes. Today I decided to focus on emotional well-being, because who couldn't use a boost?
Between everyday stress and random junk life throws at us, it's not uncommon for us to need a little pick-me-up now and then in the emotional realm. And who else better to make us feel safe and loved than the Moon Goddess herself?
Here's what to do:
1. Gather your herbs
2. Place them in a clear glass jar
3. Fill jar with gently warmed (NOT boiling or steaming) water
4. Loosely cover with lid or cheesecloth
5. Leave outside in the moonlight
6. In the morning, strain herbs from tea (perfect for composting!)
7. Enjoy a glass while reflecting on how awesome you are.
Easy peasey, right? Below are the herbs I selected. I like to use what I have on hand and encourage you to do the same. No need to make life more complicated, especially if you're making a tea to help you relax! If you're looking for a great, comprehensive reference for magickal herb properties and meanings, I recommend Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs.