herbal ice tea

Keeping cool in the heat with herbal ice tea

Cyprus is sizzling at this time of year and the summer can seem endless at times. We put ourselves into a lower gear, spend lots of time at the beach or in a pool and stay out of the sun during the hottest hours of the day.

Eating cooling foods such as salads, watermelon or cold soups also help the body cope with the heat, as does herbal ice tea. You have to try it to really appreciate just how much a herbal tea cools you down, but once you do, you’re likely to prefer this healthy drink over anything fizzy or sugary!

This summer why not try one of the two ultra-cooling and constitution-moistening tea blends of herbs and flowers which effectively cool the body, help you relax, boost your metabolism and give a feeling of lightness and wellness!

The Recipe

Summer Breeze

herbal ice tea

Summer Breeze ice tea blend is an oasis for the body and mind in the midst of heat and heat stress.

To serve a litre you will need:

Half a teaspoon each of:

  • mulberry leaf
  • jasmine
  • passionflower
  • fennel seed
  • A tea spoon each of:
    • lemon balm
    • hibiscus flower
    • lemon verbena

Positivi-tea

This is another delicious ice tea blend for hot summer: fresh, relaxing and uplifting blend of herbs, flowers and fruits.

To serve a litre you will need:

  • Half a teaspoon each of:
    • chamomile
    • red clover
    • lemon balm
    • lemon peel
    • dried apple
  • A teaspoon of:
    • lemon verbena
    • hibiscus flowers

Preparation

To make ice tea all you need is a little preparation ahead!

If you use the ready made blend:

  • for a litre of tea put a modest tablespoon of the tea in a teapot or tea press. (use a cafetiere only for this purpose);
  • add a pinch of stevia leaves or a little honey and leave your tea to infuse  for half an hour;
  • then strain and put it in a nice glass pitcher;
  • when it has cooled down enough to be placed into the fridge, chill for a few hours and serve with ice cubes.

Ice tea will keep in the fridge for 48 hours maximum.

If you don’t have your own herb patch, you can find the ready made blends at Cyherbia Botanical Park in Avgorou, or order via email cyherbia@gmail.com.

These recipes are shared from Miranda Tringis

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Cyherbia Botanical Park, Avgorou

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Stay cool!