Herbal infusions are so refreshing. They are hydrating, nourishing, and some have medicinal properties. One of the great benefits of drinking herbal teas is that vitamins and minerals are readily available to your body.
This infusion is rich in vitamin C and bioflavonoids. It’s refreshing on a hot summer day when chilled and great to keep on hand during cold and flu season.
The protagonists of this herbal tea infusion:
- Rosehip: Very rich in vitamin C, more than many other herbs and foods. They also contain vitamin A, B vitamins, vitamin E, calcium, iron, manganese, selenium, and zinc. They have a wonderful sweet taste.
- Lemongrass: High in calcium, iron, magnesium and manganese.
- Cinnamon: It has medicinal properties; it is known for its warming effect and aids in digestion. It also adds a wonderful sweet and spicy flavor to teas.
- Hibiscus/Chinese rose/Cayenne flower/Obelisk: High in vitamin C and known for its cooling properties.
- Fennel Seeds: Helps with digestion and is excellent for breastfeeding. It helps increase and enrich breast milk and helps prevent colic in babies or flatulence.
- Lemon peel: It is added for its flavor and adds a little vitamin C.
- 4 tablespoons of Rosehip.
- 1 tablespoon lemongrass.
- 1 tablespoon of cinnamon in pieces.
- 1 teaspoon Hibiscus flowers/Chinese rose/Cayenne flower/Obelisk.
- 1 teaspoon fennel seeds.
- ½ teaspoon lemon peel.
- 4 cups of filtered water.
- Ice (optional).
- Pure honey or fresh fruit juice (optional)
- Combine all the dried herbs in a medium bowl, store any remaining herbs in an airtight glass container.
- Boil water in a medium-size pot or kettle.
- Bring the water to a boil, remove from heat. Add 4 tablespoons of the herbal mixture to the water. COVER (this ensures that you receive all the nutritional benefits of the herbs).
- Let rest 45 minutes.
- Strain the infusion.
- Sweeten with a little honey or fresh fruit juice if you like. If you want to retain some of the beneficial properties of pure honey or fresh juice, you can add it after the infusion has cooled slightly.
You can keep it in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Enjoy it as an iced tea on a hot summer day or hot on a cold day.