Herbal syrup are one of our favorite herbal preparations, for medicinal and/or summertime beverages. And they are simple to make at home!
Syrups can be made with honey or sugar, in more or less quantity, depending on how long you plan to store. The basic recipe is thus, and there are so many possibilities for flavor combinations so get creative!! Herbal Syrups can be used in spritzers, cocktails, and mocktails (about 1 oz. or so per glass) as well as taken by the spoonful or added to tea for specific health support. They can even be drizzled on various foods to happy effect.
Check out the recipe below:
🥄Simplified Herbal Syrup Recipe🥄
- 1/2-1 cup herb
- 4 cups water
- 1-2 cups of honey or sugar (molasses is an iron rich choice)
- optional: vinegar or alcohol tinctures for extra preservation
Herb suggestions you may enjoy: mint, hibiscus, mugwort, anise hyssop, elderberry, hawthorn berry, rose, and there are so many more possibilities.
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Let us know if you have any questions and enjoy!
Things have been really heating up! It's time for herbal iced tea!
There a couple options for how to brew: one simple thing you can do is just make your herbal infusions with cold water - for example, add 2 tablespoons or so of dried herb to a quart jar, add cold water, and let sit for 1+ hour, or all day, straining it out as you go. Some people put it in the sun to make "sun tea."
Or, just brew hot tea as you normally would, i.e. 1-3 teaspoons per cup, steep 10-20 min, then strain and add ice. This will produce a stronger tasting iced tea.
Here are a few different recipes you could try to make one cup of tea (if making a quart, multiply everything by 4).
The tart and sour flavor of hibiscus combines well with a light mint-y spearmint and a little sweetness from stevia. Similar to our citrus bliss tea blend.
The classic chamomile combines really nicely with cinnamon for a suprisingly apple-like taste (which is why we combined them for our "apple pie tea")
The uplifting lemon balm and linden blend with a minty spearmint, sweet licorice, and come together with a surprisingly refreshing hint of ginger. Similar to our sunny day tea blend.
1/2 tsp. lemon balm
1/2 tsp. linden
1/4 tsp. spearmint
1/4 tsp. licorice
1/8 tsp. ginger
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