Homemade Chamomile Rosehip and Dried Blueberry Loose Leaf Tea

Most health food stores stock a large variety of bulk dried teas, flowers, roots and berries.  If you do a bit of research, you can make a tea specific to your particular needs or symptoms; anti-stress, immune boosting, and so on.  I chose to make a blend full of antioxidants that will also stimulate the immune system and promote relaxation.

Rosehips are delicately sweet and an excellent immune system booster as they contain about 50% more vitamin C than oranges.  Chamomile is a well-known medicinal herb that has been used for centuries as a sleep-aid; it also has renowned anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.  Finally, blueberries can decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease, high blood cholesterol and they have one of the highest antioxidant capacities of any readily available fruit.

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Chamomile Rosehip and Dried Blueberry Loose Leaf Tea

  • 1 cup dried chamomile flowers
  • 1 cup dried rosehips
  • ½ cup dried blueberries

In a large bowl, gently crush the chamomile flowers.  Add the rosehips and blueberries and stir until thoroughly combined.  Transfer the mixture into an air tight, re-sealable container and store in a cool dry place.  Steep one tablespoon of tea in one cup of boiling water for 2-3 minutes, sweeten with honey and enjoy!

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This tea is an excellent way to relax just before bed, while giving your body the vitamins and antioxidants it needs to repair and re-build while you sleep.  Experiment by adding dried lavender buds, spearmint leaves or citrus rinds…and even a tablespoon of gin!

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