Fabletics Feature : Cold Brewing Teas June 09 2016

So excited to share these cold brew recipes with our clients and the readers at The Core, by Fabletics

The beginning of summer is a great time to reset our awareness towards overall wellbeing.  The long days full of activities and exotic travel, while exhilarating, tend to put us into an unrelenting routine that can leave one feeling depleted or overrun.  We all set out to relax and take a break, but ultimately, this inspiring sunny season can have a strong impact over our body, spirit, and soul.  Taking the time to care for yourself can often be the last thing we have on our minds when we are trying to fit everything in.

Cold Brew your Teas

The ever so popular method of cold brewing isn’t just for coffee.  Cold brewing makes it easy to enjoy most types of tea as it requires no energy to heat the water, and doesn’t require exact steeping times.  The forgiving nature of a cold brewed tea eliminates a good amount of acidity, bitterness, and overall, brings out more delicate aromas and flavors in a way that is very different from brewing with hot water.  Brewing with cold water actually allows the tealeaves, or herbs, a chance to extract their wellness properties in a very delicate way.  Hot brewing breaks down the plant further and can end up diminishing the more sensitive nature of a plant.  However, cold water actually supports and maintains higher anti-oxidant levels and leaves behind more of the natural plant oils and essence.  In this way, cold brewing becomes not only more palatable for most new tea drinkers, but more active, alive, and bio-available.

In honor of National Iced Tea Day, here are some botanical beauty and wellbeing tips and recipes to help ensure that this summer season is one of your healthiest (and sexiest) yet!

Whether you find yourself dehydrated, feeling a bit under the weather, or stressed from travel, teas and botanicals have an abundance of wellness elements.

There are many things I love about sitting and being present with a hot brewing cup of tea, but during Summer when I have a lot on my plate or want to enjoy an iced tea beverage, cold brewed tea is what I seek.

At Fruits to the Roots, some of my favorite botanical for cold brewing include the following wellness support blends :

A Cooling / Hydrating / Detoxing / Sports Drink Alternative 

Hibiscus- 2 TBS
Goji Berry- 1 TBS
Dandelion Root- 1.5 tsp
Crysanthemum- 3 to 4 flowers

 

A Supportive Brain Boosting / Anti-Anxiety / Stress Relief ‘Tea’

Reishi Mushroom- 1 TBS
Ashwagandha- 1 TBS
Lavender- 1 ½ tsp
Spearmint- 1 TBS + 1 ½ tsp

A Vitality / Sexual Prowess / Cardiovascular Health ‘Tea’

Damiana- 1 TBS
Rose- 1 TBS
Maca Root- 1 tsp
Nettle Leaf- 2 tsp
Hawthorn Berry- 1 TBS

An Uplifting / Immunity/ Adaptogen / Day Starter

Ti Kwan Yin Oolong- 1 TBS
Holy Basil- 1 TBS
Chaga Mushroom- 1 TBS
Orange Peel- 1 TBS

Cold Brewing Instructions

What you need:

-A pitcher or glass jar approximately 24- 32 oz

-2 to 4 TBS of dried herbs or tea of choice

-24-32 oz of fresh- crisp cool or room temperature water

How To Cold Brew Instructions:

Using mindfulness, add 2 to 4 Tablespoons of dried herbs or tea to your pitcher or jar.

Gently pour cool or room temperature water over the herbs and stir to make sure that botanicals are saturated.

Cover to help reduce any messes and brew 30 mins (at room temperature) or upto 3 hours (in the refrigerator)

With Gratitude, strain out tealeaves or botanicals.

Enjoy over ice, or as is. So easy, delicious and full of beautiful wellbeing properties.

Other Tips and Tricks :

For Tealeaf and Tealeaf/Herb Blend Infusions (white, green, black teas)  –

Use 2 TBS and stick to shorter brewing times, as these can become easily astringent.

~A lovely base for a morning elixir, like Pure Potions , Beauty Elixir

For Herbs, Herbal Blends and Fruit Infusions –

Use 2 to 4 TBS depending on taste preference. Brew usual time suggestion, as they tend to be forgiving and break down gracefully. 

~A fantastically flirty addition to soda water, fresh juices, afternoon mocktails + cocktails

For Hard Roots and Medicinal Mushroom Infusions –

Use 4 TBS and Brew in the refrigerator overnight to further their medicinal properties.

~I adore addding this extraction to broths, smoothies, or sauces to up their immune system and digestive support

 

Always drink teas and herbs responsibly. If you are unfamiliar, on medications or pregnant seek medical counsel before using herbs.
ENJOY!

 

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