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Hibiscus tea recipe

I was out running under a perfect deep blue autumn sky this morning and I thought, “I want to drink this in… The texture of the air is sweet, warming and has a bit of a bite, the colors of the leaves against the sky are perfectly saturated and reflecting light, running feels easy with the dry(er) air and it feels sooooo good to move!” I know that the rain, damp, darkness are coming again soon and I wish that I could store moments like this to take out and just have a moment of when the weather really starts to get to me. So I came home and dug through the spice box to find some ingredients for what I’ll call ‘inner light” tea. The cardamom, cinnamon, and ginger provide a solid and warming base, the lavender softens your edges and the hibiscus brings an energizing kind of zing to the whole thing. I usually think about hibiscus as tropical and summery (which it is), but recent studies have shown that it also helps maintain a stable body temperature, promote good circulation, increase respiratory ability and decrease cholesterol levels. All good things in the winter/holiday seasons! Enjoy.

Ingredients:

-About 1/4 cup dried hibiscus flowers
-1 tablespoon of dried lavender flowers
-As much fresh ginger as suits your taste (I used about  2-inch long piece but next time I’ll use more)
-2 cinnamon sticks
-1 tablespoon of cardamom (in the pods or demarcated)
** add a tablespoon of raw honey for a sweeter tea and as an extra medicinal. Extra points if it’s from local bees to help ward of allergies and germs for your area**

Combine everything in a french press or quart jar and cover with just boiled water. Let sit for 5 minutes before straining.

 

Inner Light Tea

 

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