Chamomile: Ancient Greeks Knew Its Power!

Did you know, from the ancient Greeks, Egyptians and throughout the Roman Empire, Chamomile was prized for its numerous health-boosting benefits: helping in fighting cancer, promoting sleep, soothing stomach aches, internal antibacterial, anti-inflammatory effects plus much more! Here’s a fantastic recipe for ‘Lavender Mint Chamomile Iced Tea’ and if you make this tea at home, we would love to see a picture! If you are into reading more about Healing Teas, check out the book "Healing Teas: A Practical Guide to the Medicinal Teas of the World from Chamomile to Garlic, from Essiac to Kombucha”.

“Lavender Mint Chamomile Iced Tea” Recipe

HARDWARE:

  • Favorite Tea Cup or Mug
  • Filtered water (the better the water, the better your tea will taste!)
  • Tea Ball or similar Steeping Accessory

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 Teaspoon Culinary Lavender (dried)
  • 1 Tablespoon Chamomile Tea
  • 3 Mint leaves (fresh)

GARNISH:

  • Some Fresh Lavender Sprigs (for garnish)
  • Some Fresh Mint Sprigs (for garnish)

PREPARATION:

  • Fill tea ball, tea bag or similar steeping accessory with Chamomile Tea, Culinary Lavender (dried) and 3 Fresh Mint Leaves.
  • Pour 8 oz of filtered water at 175F (80C) over Herbal Tea.
  • Steep for 4 - 5 minutes.
  • Let tea cool, pour over ice.
  • Garnish with a Sprig of Fresh Lavender and Mint.

BREWTIME:

  • 4 to 5 minutes.

YIELDS:

  • 8 oz of Wellness!

SERVE:

  • Can be served as a Cold Brew or a Hot Brew.
    PRO TIP:  
    Using a French Press allows you to make a larger quantity of Herbal Tea which can be served with guests or stored in a separate container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

    ENJOY!

    ~Rex Theater Tea Co.

    Growing a Miracle in Your Garden!

    Did you know mint has the power to promote digestion, improve oral health, prevent cancer, clear up congestion, relieve depression and more!  It is easy to grow and with over 30 types of mint you are sure to find a flavor that will make your taste buds smile.  Below is valuable information on how you can grow & harvest your own mint as well as tantalizing Pro Tips!  Also check out “The Miracle of Mint: Unlock All The Health, Beauty & Healing Properties of This Amazing Herb” by Victoria Lane and happy growing!

    “Mint” GROWING

    Generally mint is easy to grow.  Needing at least 4 hours of sun a day, it can tolerate most soils and can even be drought tolerant once it is established.  Give it room as mint likes to spread out.  In colder climates you can choose to cover your plants with straw before it snows and remove the straw in early spring.

    “Mint” HARVESTING

    HARVEST:

    • With your fingers, pinch mint leaves or snip longer stems full of leaves (for drying purposes).

    PREPARATION:

    Using dehydrator trays:

    • Spread mint out onto dehydrator trays. 
    • Leave the trays in the dehydrator WITHOUT turning it on.
    • When mint is completely dry (and crispy), lay mint on wax or parchment paper, fold the paper over, and gently roll to crush up the leaves.  This also helps to remove the leaves form the stems (discard the stems). 
    • Store mint in an airtight container or bag.

    Using wire racks:

    • Spread mint out over wire racks.
    • Leave the wire racks to sit OUT of direct sunlight.
    • When mint is completely dry (and crispy), lay mint on wax or parchment paper, fold the paper over, and gently roll to crush up the leaves.  This also helps to remove the leaves form the stems (discard the stems). 
    • Store mint in an airtight container or bag.

    Hanging by stems:

    • Hang mint upside down by stems.
    • When mint is completely dry (and crispy), lay mint on wax or parchment paper, fold the paper over, and gently roll to crush up the leaves.  This also helps to remove the leaves form the stems (discard the stems). 
    • Store mint in an airtight container or bag.

    “Mint Tea (Dried or Fresh Leaves)” RECIPE

    HARDWARE:

    • Favorite Tea Cup or Mug
    • Filtered water (the better the water, the better your tea will taste!)
    • Tea Ball or similar Steeping Accessory

    INGREDIENTS:

    • 1 Tablespoon Dried Mint OR Fresh Mint Leaves (Small Bunch)

    PREPARATION:

    • Fill tea ball, tea bag or similar steeping accessory with mint (if preferred, leave fresh leaves loose).
    • Pour 8 oz of filtered water at 175F (80C) over Mint.
    • Steep for 5 minutes.

    BREWTIME:

    • 5 minutes.

    YIELDS:

    • 8 oz of Wellness!

    SERVE:

    • Can be served as a Hot Brew or for Cold Brew pour herbal tea over ice for a refreshing iced tea!
    PRO TIP: 
    Get a head start on the holidays by growing & harvesting "Candy Cane Mint” which smells and tastes like candy canes with its sweet peppermint flavor!
    Before summer is over, grow some "Mojito Mint” which carries an edge of lime and can made into a refreshing drink with or without alcohol.
    **A variety of mints can be found at Richters.com **

    ENJOY!

    ~Rex Theater Tea Co.

     

    Little Purple Puff that Punches Cancer!

    Did you know that you likely passed a commonly seen plant on your drive to work today that has huge health benefits which includes anti-cancer properties!  Red Clover, that pretty little purple puff that grows naturally around us here in Northern Idaho, is a staple of herbal blood cleansing formulas.  We commonly use it to feed livestock or weed-eat it if it gets in our way but red clover is simple to harvest and can be added to your pantry!  Researchers at the National Cancer Institute have found anti-tumor properties in red clover. These incredible benefits come from genistein, a biochemical in red clover, that has the ability to prevent tumors from developing the blood supplies they need to survive, thus starving them and killing them.  The following is valuable information on harvesting red clover at home as well as a great recipe for herbal tea that can be served hot or cold!  And if you are feeling adventurous with wellness, check out Rosemary Gladstar's “Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner's Guide: 33 Healing Herbs to Know, Grow, and Use” with Over 1,000 customers giving this book 5 Stars!

    “Red Clover” Harvesting

    HARDWARE:

    • Wire racks or dehydrator trays
    • Herb shears

    HARVEST:

    • Red clover blossoms in the spring or summer are the sweetest flavor.
    • Snip the clover at least 2 inches down the stem (for drying purposes).
    • Avoid browned or closed flowers.

    PREPARATION:

    Using dehydrator trays:

    • Spread blossoms out onto dehydrator trays.
    • Leave the trays in the dehydrator WITHOUT turning it on.
    • When flowers are completely dry (and crispy), snip the flowers from the stems & discard the stems.
    • Store red clover in an airtight container or bag.

    Using wire racks:

    • Spread blossoms out over wire racks.
    • Leave the wire racks to sit OUT of direct sunlight.
    • When flowers are completely dry (and crispy), snip the flowers from the stems & discard the stems.
    • Store red clover in an airtight container or bag.


    “Red Clover Herbal Tea” Recipe

    HARDWARE:

    • Favorite Tea Cup or Mug
    • Filtered water (the better the water, the better your tea will taste!)
    • Tea Ball or similar Steeping Accessory

    INGREDIENTS:

    • 1 Tablespoon Red Clover (dried flowers)

    PREPARATION:

    • Fill tea ball, tea bag or similar steeping accessory with Red Clover.
    • Pour 8 oz of filtered water at 175F (80C) over Red Clover.
    • Steep for 10 minutes.
    • Pat yourself on the back for taking a step in improving your health & wellness!

    BREWTIME:

    • 10 minutes.

    YIELDS:

    • 8 oz of Wellness!

    SERVE:

    • Can be served as a Hot Brew or for Cold Brew pour herbal tea over ice for a velvety and refreshing iced tea!
    PRO TIP:  
    Using a French Press allows you to squeeze more of the goodness out of the red clover flowers.  You can also boost your daily tea, whether it be black, green, red or white tea, by adding a tablespoon of Red Clover!

     

    ENJOY!

    ~Rex Theater Tea Co.

     

    *Not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding because of the natural phytoestrogens found in the plant.

    *Not recommended for hemophiliacs or someone who is taking blood thinners as there are some blood thinning properties to red clover.

     

    Let’s Crush Cancer Together!

    Did you know the easiest way to improve your health and wellness is by drinking tea!  Tea is one of the most studied anti-cancer plants on our planet and consuming a little tea can go a long way in adding health benefits.  Hot brew, cold brew, matcha and even adding tea to your food!  Maria Uspenski presents a three week plan to help you ease into a 5-cup a day tea habit streamlined for real life in her new book “Cancer Hates Tea”.

    “Simple Green Tea Cold Brew” Recipe

    HARDWARE:

    • 32 oz Mason Jar
    • Filtered water (the better the water, the better your tea will taste!)
    • Tea Ball or similar Steeping Accessory
    • Tea Traveler

    INGREDIENTS:

    • 2 oz Green Tea Leaves

    PREPARATION:

    • Fill tea ball, tea bag or similar steeping accessory with green tea.
    • Fill mason jar with filtered water, leaving room for the tea ball so not to overflow.
    • Add tea ball to mason jar with filtered water.
    • Place mason jar in refrigerator.- Pat yourself on the back for taking a step in improving your health & wellness!

    BREWTIME:

    • Overnight.

    YIELDS:

    • 30+ oz of Wellness you can sip all day!

    SERVE:

    • Fill up your favorite Tea Traveler for on the go!
    PRO TIP:
    For a faster steep:  In a small jar, pour 6 oz of 175F (80C) over tea,  steep for 5 minutes, combine with 32 oz mason jar filled with filtered water.  *Keep in mind, you will need to remove some of the filtered water in the 32 oz Mason Jar to make room for your 6 oz of fast steep tea & tea ball, however, you can always add more filtered water back if you take out too much the first time.

     

    ENJOY!  

    ~Rex Theater Tea Co.