This is a basic recipe of the ice tea i make during the summer.
I use red raspberry leaf as the staple for this tea because it helps up iron levels, has huge benefits for reproductive health in men and women, and helps support milk supply in lactating mothers.
I’ve also included fresh nettles to help ease summer allergies, and peppermint, lavender, and chamomile for a relaxing effect and fresh taste.
Also add a couple bags of Mothers Milk Tea (because of being a lactating mother myself) and Nighty Night Tea (to ease anxiety and promote healthy sleep at night).
To start, boil a kettle full of water and have a large mason jar handy (1/2 gallon size would work, i use a thoroughly cleaned large pickle jar).
In the large mason jar, add 1 cup Red Raspberry Leaf and 1/2 cup (a handful) of nettles (I collected mine fresh from our woods).
1/4 cup Nirvine Tea (skull cap, passion flower, chamomile, lemon balm, hibiscus, stevia and lavender), 3 tea bags each chamomile and peppermint…
2 bags each lemon ginger, chamomile with lavender, Mothers Milk Tea, and Nighty Night Tea…
Add some fresh mint leaves as desired!
Pour freshly boiled water into the jar with your tea mix, place lid on the jar and carefully place jar outside in a safe, sunny location. Let sit for up to 3 days.
I had mine sit over night this time, here you can see the color from lastnight to this morning:
Next step is to strain the tea. I take some cheese cloth, drape it over a strainer, and place that over the pitcher i want to use for my tea.
Next, strain the tea, slowly to avoid spills.
Look at that color!
Eventually you’ll dump all you tea leaves etc. into the cheese cloth…
Then bundle up the leaves in the cheese cloth and squeeze all excess liquids through the strainer into your pitcher…
Last step, add ice and/or water to the top of pitcher,sweeten to taste with Stevia, Honey, or Sugar, place in fridge and let chill 3 hours or more before serving.
Oh! What to do with your leftover tea leaves? I use my leaves twice before tossing them. When i do toss them, i dump them into our pasture for the goats and chickens to enjoy!