Fall seems to have peeked around the corner and showed itself a little early this year. While we were surprised, I can’t say it was not wanted as there are so many things about fall that I welcome as an old friend. Firing up the woodstove for the first time and feeling the cozy warmth that pervades our home. Weekend campfires with my man and little ones. Pulling the cozy sweaters and fleeces from the boxes they have been waiting all summer in. Then of course there is a warm cup of tea held in my cold hands until my hands are warm and the tea is cool enough to enjoy. Of course, any time of the year is good for tea, but there is something extra special about fall and tea.
There are so many wonderful tea blends out there, but I also love to mix up my own! There is something fun about researching the herbs and then combining them to get the benefits I am looking for while gaining wonderful flavor as well. The idea for this tea came about when we were feeling a little icky last year and I was wanting to create a blend my kiddos would love that would have lots of vitamin C to help support a healthy immune system. This tea is great any time to get a little boost of bioavailable vitamin C and is a special favorite here when anyone is feeling yucky. It has a wonderful berry flavor with just a hint of warm cinnamon and when brewed and mixed with a little honey it is so delicious!
This tea is super simple to throw together and makes a quart jar of the blend. This lasts a long time as I only use about a tablespoon of tea for a mug and about 3 tablespoons for a pot. It is so nice to have great blends premade on the shelf so that my man can easily grab them and I don’t have to stand there mixing up herbs every time we want a cup. I also love to add in other herbs sometimes if we are in the midst of feeling yucky such as calendula or Echinacea. My kiddos love it when I get out our little glass teapot and our jar of honey with the scoop and they are allowed to help themselves to their own little mugs of tea, once it is cooled of course.
Berry C Tea
2 cups red raspberry leaf
1/2 cup rose hips
1/2 cup dried elderberries
1/2 cup dried bilberry
1/2 cup hibiscus
1/4 cup cinnamon chips (you can buy cinnamon chips or just crush some cinnamon sticks)
Mix all together and place in a jar with a tight lid. Store in a cool dark place until ready for a mug of tea. Use about 1 Tablespoon tea blend per mug and about 3 Tablespoons per teapot. Enjoy!