After a terribly hot summer, we've been having rainy, cloudy days these past couple of weeks. The monsoon season has begun! In this kind of weather, there's a constant craving for hot beverages, hearty stews and deep fried goodies. All I want to do is snuggle up in bed. My body feels like it's been been steeped in lethargy and I go through the movements of my daily life in a hazy, slow motion.
Talking about steeping, today's guest post by Angela of Canned Time couldn't have come at a better time! She has shared the recipe for a deeply relaxing herbal tea and it sounds like it'll go perfectly with my wallowing-in-laziness plans. :D
I first met Angela on Facebook when she joined our elite squad of Vegan Temptivists and ever since then we've been visiting each other on our various Internet spaces. :)
Thank you Angela for guest posting on my blog today and I want to especially thank you for the beautiful, cheerful, colourful photographs. I can almost smell the soothing fragrance of those roses! :)
Now on to Angela's post.
Guest posting today at Veganosaurus and it is such fun....thanks Susmitha for featuring my blog and for being such a wonderful friend and blogger ♥
This is a simple...very simple...herbal tea recipe but it has given me many hours of peaceful relaxation..............it's just great!
I've discovered a new and healthy way to relax each evening and it's just 'groovy' that a habit can be good for me these days.....
Who knew that roses, such a lovely thing to look at, can also be a super healthy drink to sip and relax with?
Rose Hip Tea is a mildly sweet herbal tea made from the fruit of the rose bush, or "hips".
For an extensive look at Rose Hips, check out my old friend and Foraging Expert Sunny Savage
Rose Hip Tea is most famous for it's abundance of Vitamin C but also contains significant amounts of A, B-1, B-2, B-3, D, E and K. It also provides plenty of Calcium, Iron, Zinc and lot's of fun flavonoids! YEA......
So how can you steep up a cup of this light lovely tea for you?
Well there are plenty of dried Rose Hip Teas in the market. The one I've been using is from Mountain Rose Herbs. I've had a tough time finding it in health food stores in its 'unpackaged' form, ie: just the dried hips. I do want to try making my own fresh but for now, I'm plenty satisfied with my store bought. I add a little stevia, sometimes a pinch of cinnamon, sometimes a little lemon.
The Rose Hips can also be brewed and chilled for a summer fresh beverage:
1) Combine 4 rounded teaspoons cut-and-sifted rose hips (ground in a spice mill or not) or 4 tablespoons whole dried rose hips with 4 cups of water in a nonreactive saucepan. Cover, bring to a boil, then simmer for 5 minutes.
2) Alternatively, place fresh or crushed dried rose hips in a warmed teapot, pour boiling water over them, and steep, covered, for 10 minutes.
3) Strain the tea and sweeten if desired with a scant 1/8 teaspoon stevia extract powder or 2 to 4 drops glycerin-based stevia liquid extract per cup. Serve immediately or cool and refrigerate, covered, for as long as 3 days.
I always seem to have a drink, either hot or cold, with me most of the day. If you're like me and are looking for a healthier way to sip on a delicious, non-fattening beverage, be sure to check into Rose Hip Tea. It's a great way to enjoy your nutrients ♥
Thanks Susmitha :) Enjoy everyone......