One of my nightly rituals is a cup of herbal tea. One of my favorites is Mighty Leaf Chamomile Citrus Tea. After reading about the harmful things in tea recently I was pretty surprised. Most teas contain pesticides. All of my favorite teas — from Tazo to Mighty Leaf — all have ‘natural flavoring’ that is sprayed onto the tea. The ingredients of this flavor are unknown and anything can be called ‘natural’ because it’s a non-regulated term. Many of the paper bags contain chemicals and the silk-like ones are actually plastic; which as we all know shouldn’t be paired with boiling water. I searched high and low for a tea that didn’t contain all of the aforementioned components, and Numi and Rishi are the only two brands I could find that fit the bill. With such limited choices, I decided to start buying my herbs in bulk and making my own tea blends. I shop online at Mountain Rose Herbs as I am able to find almost all of the ingredients there. This is my knock off version of Mighty Leaf’s Chamomile Citrus. It is great for helping me fall asleep!
Sleepy Tea Recipe
- ½ cup dried orange peel
- ½ cup dried chamomile flowers
- 1 T plus 1 t of dried rose hips
- 2 T dried lemon grass
- 1 T dried lemon balm
- 1 T dried lemon myrtle
- 3 T dried hibiscus, crushed
Mix Ingredients in a large bowl and store in a tea tin or container. It’s best to store tea in a container that keeps light out as it can degrade the tea. I use ½ tablespoon per 6-8-ounce cup of tea. Add boiling water and allow tea to steep for 3-5 minutes. Add honey to taste or drink plain.