Herbal Sun Tea

Summer is for the sun, whose essence may be captured in a sweet sip of herbal sun tea. Sun tea is one of the oldest and simplest forms of tea as all that is required to prepare it is water, fresh herbs, and the power of the sun!

Along with summer comes an abundance of fresh herbs & edible flowers, many of which may be incorporated into refreshing infusions of herbal sun tea. Since I first began studying herbal medicine over 10 years ago, I have been completely enamoured with the art of herbal tea! Over time, incorporating this art form into my daily life became more of a necessity rather then a luxury, as herbal infusions & decoctions became nutritional & medicinal staples of my ever-evolving kitchen apothecary. Sun tea being one of those beloved herbal infusions that I prepare during the warm summer months.

Sun tea is know for being a traditional summer beverage that is both simple & refreshing in nature. I also consider it to be a valuable energetic tool when it comes to connecting to the essence of herbs. As sun tea may be prepared with the intention to learn more about a single herbs energetics. Having myself set this intention when preparing sun tea, I have found it to be a powerful learning tool, as this simple infusion is energetically rich and made easy accessible by the sun. If it is your desire to prepare sun tea in this way, I recommend using freshly harvested herbs (preferably grown by hand or ethically wildcrafted) and pure spring water. This blend may then be stored in a glass jar or bottle and set in the sun over the course of one sun cycle or day.

However, The two sun tea recipes I will be sharing with you today were formulated to be enjoyed for both their nourishing & energetic properties. The herbs that I selected being refreshing, cooling, & calming, as well as uplifting to the body & mind. Made to relieve the body of excess heat and calm an overactive mind. As we tend to over-stimulate and over-extend ourselves during these lively summer months.

Moroccan Mint | Mentha spicata | Invigorating to both the mind & body, all mints are considered to be cooling & drying. Their aromatics are uplifting & refreshing and have the ability to ease tension in the body as well as calm the mind. Mints are also considered to be effective carminatives, anti-spasmodics, diaphoretics, nervines, antiseptics, and analgesics.

Peppermint | Mentha piperita | Invigorating to both the mind & body, all mints are considered to be cooling & drying. Their aromatics are uplifting & refreshing and have the ability to ease tension in the body as well as calm the mind. Mints are also considered to be effective carminatives, anti-spasmodics, diaphoretics, nervines, antiseptics, and analgesics.

Rose | Rosa spp. | The aroma of rose can awaken the heart and her essence can heal the soul. Roses are a revered symbol of love & beauty that have the ability to uplift the heart, ease stress, and overcome grief. Roses are considered to be cooling & drying as well as effective gentle astringents that work on the gut, reproductive organs, and skin.

Moroccan Mint & Rose Herbal Sun Tea

Ingredients

  • 1 Part Moroccan Mint Leaves Fresh
  • 12 Part Peppermint Leaves Fresh
  • 1 Part Rose Petals Fresh
  • To Taste Rose Infused Honey or Plain Honey

Instructions

  1. To create, combined all fresh herbs in a glass jar. Adjusting the amount of herbs based on the particular flavor profile desired. Being sure to fill the jar to at least halfway with fresh herbs. 

  2. Then pour room-temperature water over the herbs, filling the jar to the top.

  3. Place the jar in direct sunlight for one sun cycle or day. 

  4. To complete, strain the herbs from the water and then store the remaining infusion in the fridge for up to 4 days. If adding honey, do so before serving or to the entire infusion as a natural preservative. 


Lemon Balm | Melissa officinalis | Wonderfully calming to the nerves, lemon balms essence is that of pure delight! With the unique ability to calm the mind & body without being sedating. Making it a gentle remedy for both adults & children. Being a mint family plant, Lemon Balm is considered to be cooling & drying as well as an effective nervine, digestive aid, and antiviral.

Peppermint | Mentha piperita | Invigorating to both the mind & body, all mints are considered to be cooling & drying. Their aromatics are uplifting & refreshing and have the ability to ease tension in the body as well as calm the mind. Mints are also considered to be effective carminatives, anti-spasmodics, diaphoretics, nervines, antiseptics, and analgesics.

Rosemary | Rosmarinus officinalis | The fragrant aroma of rosemary can uplift the senses and improve memory coherence. Rosemary is considered to be warming & drying as well as an effective antimicrobial, carminative, antispasmodic, antiseptic, and parasitic.

Lavender | Lavandula augustifolia | Renowned aromatherapeutic & medicinal herb that is calming to the nerves, reduces stress, anxiety, and promotes a restful nights sleep. Lavender is considered to be warming & cooling as well an effective carminative, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, sedative, and vulnerary.

Lemon Balm & Rosemary Herbal Sun Tea

Ingredients

  • 1 Part Lemon Balm Leaves Fresh
  • 12 Part Peppermint Leaves Fresh
  • 1 Part Rosemary Leaves + Stems Fresh
  • To Taste Lavender Flowers Fresh
  • To Taste Lavender Infused Honey or Plain Honey

Instructions

  1. To create, combined all fresh herbs in a glass jar. Adjusting the amount of herbs based on the particular flavor profile desired. Being sure to fill the jar at least halfway with fresh herbs. 

  2. Then pour room temperature water over the herbs, filling the jar to the top.

  3. Place the jar in direct sunlight for one sun cycle or day.

  4. To complete, strain the herbs from the water and store the remaining infusion in the fridge for up to 4 days. If adding honey, do so before serving or to the entire infusion as a natural preservative. 


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