Friday, September 5, 2008
Lime Tea Perfume Oil was partly inspired by the fresh scent and taste of limes we use in our household for cooking, seasoning and cold drinks. It's a light, fruity-floral fragrance enhanced with notes of green and black tea, lindenblossom and just a touch of cedarwood.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Honeybush from the Cape of South Africa is one of my latest plant obsessions. I still love my green tea, but prefer to drink only three or so cups during the week now, and always before
6 pm. Honeybush tea is my preferred choice throughout the day at the moment and definitely right before bedtime.
It is a fragrant shrub with a slightly fruity-floral, smooth and mild taste. It contains virtually no tannin or caffeine - so you don't get that bitter taste that usually occurs with the green and black teas. It's said to be rich in Vitamin C, potassium and magnesium. And not surprisingly - some antioxidants. It's also reputed to help with hormonal and pre-menopausal imbalances.
Sounds good to me!
The photo above shows a simple herbal infusion that I made with organic honeybush leaves and lemongrass. Just boil one part honeybush with one part lemongrass. You can drink it straight up (no milk or sugar), but if you use a little honey that will enhance the overall flavour of the tea.
I haven't tried a cold honeybush infusion yet, but it's supposed to taste delicious as an iced tea or combined with fruit juices.
(Photo of Honeybush & Lemongrass Tea copyright Amanda Jones, 2008. All rights reserved.)