Sweet Treat Friday – Sip it don’t slurp it! Homemade Herbal Tea

Awhile ago I shared how to save Rose Hips, the reddish, or orange bulb at the end of a rose branch. You can save them for seeds and plant your own Roses, or cook with them. Rose Hips are high in Vitamin C so it’s been an idea I wanted to try for awhile. I’ve been saving all the Rose Hips from my roses along with all my raspberry leaves from my plants. Turns out just to make one cup of tea you need a lot more than a small garden can carry. No worries, local nursery’s around here actually supply plenty! * If you plan on drying your own leaves, just make sure they are completely dried before crushing them up and using them in tea. Raspberry leaves do not taste like raspberries at all, your making a base that really mixes well with citrus flavors, so play around with it till you find something you like.

Basic Herbal Rose Hip Tea Recipe-

1 cup of boiling water and 2 teaspoons dried and chopped rose hips. Steep for about 15  minutes and then strain. Add lemon, or honey to liking. *rose hip tea has a tart taste, though mine never gets too tart. Steeping it was fruit gives it a wonderful flavor! *

Rose hip and Raspberry Tea

  Rose Hip and Raspberry Tea mix

What you need-

1/2 cup dried  and chopped up Rose hips
2 or 3 teaspoons dried raspberry leaves

Directions to make mix-
Place this together in a container and mix up. You can also put some Lemon or even Orange peel  (2 or 3 teaspoons ) in this as it well to give it more flavor. It’s up to you, this is a basic starter recipe I was told about.  Label your container and use 1 teaspoons per cup of water. Work with it and make it how you like it. Steep it for about 10-15 minutes, strain and add honey if wanted.
*The picture above was used with frozen raspberries during it’s steep. When you strain out the herbs and leaves just take the fruit out as well.


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