Hilltop Herb Woman
Summer Goodness: Making use of the sun for the best tea!
I’m a huge fan of sun teas, any tea can be sun tea or cold brew. I am particularly fond of Mountain Rose Herb’s Hibiscus High blend, its beautiful, and natural, with ingredients like organic hibiscus, lemongrass, spearmint, orange peel, rose petals, rosehips, and honeybush. It’s sweet but not overly so, and I never add sugar or honey (unless I have a sore throat). I like to pair it with one part of a black tea – almost any black tea will do but I try to be sure it’s also organic.
In a two-quart mason jar, put three parts of Hibiscus High tea with one part of black tea. Put cold water to the rim, put a ring and seal or a plastic screw-on lid, and set in the sun for several hours. I’m a big fan of the plastic mason jar lids which you can find anywhere. I also like Snarky Tea’s cold brew system which is a filter, but there are many others like this one that uses a lid and infuser system.
- For an adult version, I like to pour the finished tea over ice, add your spirit of choice (try pre-made margaritas for a nice limey kick) and finish with tonic.
- Add muddled fresh strawberries or other fruit (like blueberries or cherries) and steep until done.
- If you’re like me, only brew two quarts at a time so none is wasted in the fridge, because while it will keep for several days, it’s at its best when it’s freshest.
- Top your finished drink (either spiked or not) with fresh basil leaves. This adds a beautiful aromatic element to the tea.
Take advantage of the bounty of Summer and enjoy your favorite sun tea!
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My sister and I traveled to Colorado recently to surprise our mother on her 80th birthday and to see my nephew and his his wife at their mountain home above Paonia. Now, when I talk about paradise, I’m not exaggerating – it is lush and beautiful and splendid! It was overwhelming the variety of plants growing.
I identified common white clover and plantain for them, as well as some not so common plants. But it would take me a lifetime to identify everything up there – not that I’d mind but I think they would get tired of Aunty Kathy as a permanent houseguest. 🙂
This brings me to my point, I suggested that if they were serious about wanting to know more of the edibles on their land, that they hire an herbalist who is familiar with the area to come take them on nature walks. As herbalists, we need to point in the right direction, even if it is away from ourselves. I’m happy I was able to show them the plants I knew about, and it was very enjoyable to have such eager students!
I felt blessed to be there and refreshed in spirit – and sorry to leave.
It’s finished, complete, done.
It was a grueling two-and-a-half-month, six-class course of study on Medicinal Plants at Cornell University’s online eCornell hub. Tons of research, videos, reading, and assignments and I’m so happy I did it.
Why did I do this program just after I’d finished over five hundred hours of advanced study at the Herbal Academy? Because you can never have too much information. And the Cornell University program was an intensive and thorough study into the science of herbs and peer-reviewed literature that comes from leading-edge scientists. It also solidified in my own mind how valuable my Herbal Academy training really is and how much I’ve learned.
I’m always going to be learning, I may not always take an actual course of study, but research is learning too. I’m thrilled.
And to my husband Michael, you make this happen. I just said it would be a good addition to my education and you made it happen. I’m so grateful for you and your support!!
Oh yeah, I finished!!! Make it a great day!
~ Kathy – Hilltop Herb Woman