Who doesn't love a hot cup of tea on a chilly fall day? There's nothing like wearing your favorite fall sweater, snuggling under a nice knit blanket, and sinking into a good book over a fat mug of tea. Or let's not forget the pleasures of a refreshing brew to start your work day, as you breathe in the crisp air, enjoy the gorgeous fall foliage, and take that first sip of goodness.
My particular favorite hug-in-a-cup this time of year is my Autumn Harvest Blend, full of the rich spices you associate with the season and the gentle sweetness of apple bits and chamomile. I love this fruit and herb combo because of chamomile's apple-like fragrance pairs nicely with the earthiness of dried apples. The rose hips add another dash of fruitiness and host of nutrients.
1 cup chamomile
1/2 cup dried apple bits
1/2 cup cinnamon chips
1/4 cup dried ginger
1/8 cup dried rose hip bits
Combine ingredients in a bowl. Store in a mason jar in a cool dry place. To use, add one heaping tablespoon of blend to 8 ounces hot water and steep for 3-5 minutes. Enjoy!
Health properties of ingredients:
Apple: contains vitamins A,C, some B and potassium; good source of fiber.
Chamomile: anti-inflammatory; sedative; skin softening; all around body soother.
Cinnamon: antiseptic, aids digestion, calms nervous system, anti-inflammatory.
Ginger: soothes stomach pain; anti-inflammatory; aids digestion.
Rose hips: anti-aging; contains vitamins A, D, B, C, E, and K, iron, calcium, zinc, and other vital nutrients; promotes healing and boosts energy; antibacterial.
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