WHAT'S WHITE TEA?
White tea is made from the very young, unfurled leaf tips of Camellia sinensis (the same plant from which we get green tea). The fresh-picked leaves are immediately steamed to prevent any oxidation and then fired to dry them. The term "white tea" refers to the whitish cast that comes from the silky white hairs on the delicate young leaves and buds of the tea. White tea is a very light-bodied, mild, delicately colored brew with subtle flavor nuances that gradually build on the palate.
Summer's fun in the sun–and wind and water–can take a toll on your skin. When you're feeling parched, itchy, or just plain droopy this season, herbs can help nourish, relieve, soothe and refresh!
Treat your tootsies to a good soak after a long hike—or a tiring day at work. Soaking your feet can be relaxing, cleansing, invigorating, and/or soothing, depending on the water temperature and the herbs you choose.
Simply make an infusion (strong tea) of herbs such as chamomile, comfrey, horsetail,lavender, peppermint, and/or sage, and add to a basin. You might also add a little salt and/or baking soda (about 1 tablespoon per quart of water) for added soothing. To boost the freshening, add a little lemon juice powder (about a teaspoon should do it).
Dry well afterward, and powder with a sprinkling of cornstarch (to absorb moisture and deodorize).
Here's an easy and economical party beverage.
Revitalize on scorching summer days with a spritz of herbal spray. This one's good for oily skin, which can feel especially overactive on a hot day.
1 cup lavender flowers
2 tablespoons (total) of any of the followning: nettle leaf, parsley leaf, peppermint, rose flowers and petals, rosemary leaf, sage leaf, yarrow flowers
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
Boil water, then pour over 1 tablespoon of the herbs. Steep for 20 minutes, then strain. Combine with the vinegar and place in a spray bottle. Store in the refrigerator, to keep fresh and for extra vim!
Take this soothing bath when bug bites, heat rash, or other itch instigators are getting the best of you.
Combine all ingredients and tie into a muslin bag. Place in the tub while filling with warm water. (The cornstarch will dissolve into the water.) Use the bag to wash with; don't use soap, and don't rinse off.
You just can't have too many refreshing beverages around in the summer months! One instant and delicious option is our Lemonade Drink Mix. Simply mix with water and serve over ice, or make a pitcher and float a few lemon slices in it. Try it with carbonated water for a spritzer, and add it to iced teas (half tea, half lemonade is a good ratio).
You'll find our mix the perfect combination of tartness and sweetness!