Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Lavender 'n' Lemon Tisane
With winter fast approaching, efforts are being made by those who enjoy and grow herbs to harvest and preserve them before cold weather arrives. Naturally dried herbs from a home garden make a great addition to recipes like tomato sauce, soup, breads, and cookies. And they also make delightful tisanes.
Here's a recipe for Lavender 'n' Lemon Tisane that is sure to bring comfort and joy during the coldest months of winter.
1 cup lemon verbena, dried and crumbled
1 cup lemon balm, dried
1/3 cup lavender bud, dried
1/2 cup chamomile, dried
Blend ingredients together in a small bowl. When well mixed, transfer to a pint jar and seal with a lid. Tie jar with a raffia or satin bow. Include a handmade gift tag that has these instructions:
To brew tisane: Use 1 1/2 tsp. per 8 ounces of boiling water. Steep for 5 minutes. Then strain. Sweeten with honey or stevia. Enjoy!
If you prefer a more full-bodied tea, you can add loose leaf black tea to the ingredient mix. You may want to steep less time with this addition. Or instead, replace the chamomile with your favorite green tea. The possibilities are endless!