A rich warming, super-charged blend of our herbalist friends' most highly recommended cold season remedies. . . .
In China, when you go to the tea market in the winter, everyone has their own herbal remedies to keep you healthy. Many of our friends have been telling us to make a tea that incorporated all the ‘super ingredients’ used in traditional Chinese medicine. As a dare, we took up the challenge of incorporating all of the most beneficial herbs and flowers in a way that yielded a rich, complex and delicious brew. This is the result of our experiments.
Our Ginger Sage Winter Spa Blend is the perfect balance of rich tulsi, spicy ginger, savory sage, earthy burdock, sweet rose petals, tart lemon peel, rhodiola, and of course elderberry and goji berry. The combined flavor is very warming and soothing- perfect for sipping in a big mug with a blanket. This tea is also excellent with a touch of honey to sooth the throat.
Ingredients (all organic):
Goji Berries, used generously in this blend appear in Shan Nong’s original encyclopedia of medicine, where the legendary emperor claims a tonic effect and benefits to longevity.
Tulsi, also known as Holy Basil is named for a revered goddess, and is respected for its warming adaptogenic properties in Ayurvedic medicine.
Rhodiola, known since biblical times was chewed by the Vikings for strength and stamina on long sea voyages.
Elderberries are rich in vitamins A, B, and C, used for centuries in European folk medicine and wine-making.
Burdock Root is one of the most-prescribed herbs by our Chinese herbalist friends, especially to fight against colds.
Lemon Peel is a rich source of vitamin C
Ginger is used in Chinese medicine for aiding digestion and for its general warming qualities. In the cold weather, our friends in China always tell us to chew ginger to stay healthy.
Rose petals were prescribed to us in Chengdu by a farmer of Emei Mountain green tea for a particularly nasty cold. Her rose petals really worked!
Sage, used in European medicine for hundreds of years, is the extra ingredient that brought this blend together for a well-integrated taste.
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Use freshly boiled filtered water. Measure 2tsp per 8oz of water, and steep for 3-4 minutes. This blend tastes great mixed with Laoshan Black, Laoshan Green, or Xingyang 2007 Shu Pu’er depending on your mood.
Iced Tea (Cold Brewing)
Use about 4 grams of tea for every 12oz of water. Combine with room temperature water in a covered vessel and refrigerate for 8-12 hours. Enjoy!
Iced Tea (Flash Chilled)
Use 1TB (5 grams) of tea in a 6-8oz vessel. Steep for 1 minute with filtered boiled water. Fill a martini shaker (or equivalent) with ice, then add brewed tea and shake until well-chilled (usually 10-30 seconds). Pour out through martini-shaker top over fresh ice in a new glass and serve.