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Use your favorite herbal brews as a creative way to season food

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cooking with tea

Adding coffee in desserts and even meat rubs and marinades is nothing new, but what about that other ubiquitous hot beverage, tea? It was a culinary epiphany when we heard that Singaporean TWG Tea Company created a menu of tea-based baked goods like macarons and as well as savory dishes like roasted fillet of cod with an apricot tea sauce or a basil marinara with an herby infusion of mint tea. Think of the range of flavors found in tea that could be used as an alternate way to season food — the heady spice of chai, the smokiness of Ceylon black teas, the rich bergamot of Earl Grey. And it even has a name: tea gastronomy.

With a stint at major French tea company Mariage Frères, TWG's executive pastry chef Phillipe Langlois has mastered the art of cooking with tea which has become his signature technique. This innovative approach appealed to him because, he says, it was a challenge. It's always changing and evolving as new blends and new single-estate teas hit the market, allowing him to constantly innovate and incorporate new flavors and textures. Like wine and coffee, tea is very much about its terroir, whether a first flush Darjeeling harvested in the Himalayas or black tea from the volcanic soil of Queensland, Australia.

A look through the vast offerings of TWG's teas sparks inspiration for a variety of recipes, like using the Genmaicha Japanese green tea blended with roasted and popped rice in a marinade for tofu satay or a traditional Chinese tea-smoked duck instead made with the Midsummer Night Tea, a black tea with hints of malty chocolate and spicy mint. According to Langlois, to create a tea-infused dessert, choose certain teas based on their prominent aromas and flavors and use them to balance a strong flavor in a pastry or tart, like how the Japanese matcha balances out the rich complexity of almond in Langlois' recipe for Matcha Financiers.

Incorporate tea into a recipe either by brewing it first, which will add very subtle flavor, or using the loose tea or finely ground tea powder for a stronger taste. Experiment with different flavors and methods, like steeping a couple tea bags in vegetable soup stock or whisking tea powder into a viniagrette for a salad. It's a simple, inexpensive way to introduce new seasonings into your repertoire.


5 Rejuvenating Herbal Iced Tea Recipes to Try Before the End of Summer

Forget sparkling water — iced tea is my summer drink of choice. It’s super simple to make, there’s no mysterious “natural flavoring,” and you can customize each batch for a personalized wellness kick.

Whether you’re craving better sleep, a mellow mood, or more energy to make the most of summer’s long days, there’s an herb (and often more than one) that can give you the desired effect.

Here are five iced teas to try for a refreshing summer boost loaded with herbal benefits.

Tulsi, or holy basil, is an adaptogenic herb, which means its health benefits are vast.

“It has a slightly earthier flavor profile than regular basil, with hints of clove and cinnamon,” says Rachel Miller, an herbalist and nutritionist and the owner of Zhi Herbals.

While tulsi is a multitasking wellness herb, Miller often recommends holy basil tea for an energy boost and mood support.

Tulsi’s adaptogenic properties can help you tackle an overloaded to-do list, preventing burnout and exhaustion in a healthier way than a caffeine infusion drip you joke about needing.

The underlying stressors won’t magically disappear, but with help from tulsi, your body won’t react by releasing cortisol. You’ll get it all done with less stress and anxiety.

“Holy basil can be found fresh at some specialty grocery stores, farmers markets, or grown easily from seed in similar conditions where you would grow common basil,” Miller notes.

Hibiscus tea can make you think of the tropics. The colorful flower, also known as roselle, is grown throughout Mexico, South America, and Africa. It’s indeed one of the best summer drinks to keep you cool.

Herbalist Steph Zabel notes that hibiscus may help regulate body temperature in the summer, delivering a naturally cooling effect. The herb’s tart qualities also make it refreshing and hydrating.

Apple mint is another popular refresher for the dog days of summer.

“It’s naturally sweet and a nice break from the usual vibes of peppermint or spearmint,” says Lydia Willoughby, owner of Sassafras Mercantile, a metaphysical boutique that sells farm-to-cup herbs.

Willoughby keeps apple mint iced tea on tap at her shop. “I love apple mint as iced tea to chill and enjoy while sipping in the shade,” she says.

The herb is loaded with good-for-you vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and iron. It also contains some analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties.

When made from fresh mint rather than dried, mint teas have a sharp, clean taste that’ll keep you coming back for more. Given mint’s aggressive growth habits, mints like apple mint make great windowsill herbs. Pot up a plant (look for this at the farmers market in spring or grow your own from seed) and snip fresh mint for the absolute freshest of teas.

Sure, rose tea looks pretty and has a gentle, loving connotation perfect for your self-care game. But it’s also loaded with antioxidants.

“It contains polyphenols that are thought to reduce the risk of certain types of cancer, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes, as well as protect your brain from degenerative disease,” explains Lisa Li, herbal tea expert and founder of The Qi, which sells flower teas from small family farms.

Li continues to sing rose tea’s praises by pointing out its adaptogenic properties to promote better gut health and more restful sleep.

If you’re making your own rose tea, be careful. While all varieties of roses are technically edible, those grown for floral uses may have been treated with chemicals. Li recommends looking for organically grown roses that are cultivated specifically for tea or food-grade consumption.

Acupuncturist and Chinese medicine expert Tsao-Lin E. Moy, owner of Integrative Healing Arts, likes using mugwort to promote deeper sleep.

There hasn’t been much research on humans to back that up definitively, but some research on mice suggests that one species of mugwort could have sleep-inducing effects.

“In Chinese medicine [mugwort] is called Ai Ye and helps to bring blood flow to the uterus,” Moy explains. “Try mugwort if you struggle to fall back asleep after waking in the night or if troubling dreams keep you from resting.”

Mugwort has a bit of a savory note that some people might find bitter. To make the flavor a bit sweeter, mix dried mugwort with lavender. Lavender is another sleep ally with a floral, somewhat peppery note best enjoyed in small doses.

Warning: If you use too much, the tea can taste perfumy.

Sip away, and happy relaxing!

Lindsey Danis is a Hudson Valley-based writer who covers food, travel, and LGBTQ stories. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter.


5 Rejuvenating Herbal Iced Tea Recipes to Try Before the End of Summer

Forget sparkling water — iced tea is my summer drink of choice. It’s super simple to make, there’s no mysterious “natural flavoring,” and you can customize each batch for a personalized wellness kick.

Whether you’re craving better sleep, a mellow mood, or more energy to make the most of summer’s long days, there’s an herb (and often more than one) that can give you the desired effect.

Here are five iced teas to try for a refreshing summer boost loaded with herbal benefits.

Tulsi, or holy basil, is an adaptogenic herb, which means its health benefits are vast.

“It has a slightly earthier flavor profile than regular basil, with hints of clove and cinnamon,” says Rachel Miller, an herbalist and nutritionist and the owner of Zhi Herbals.

While tulsi is a multitasking wellness herb, Miller often recommends holy basil tea for an energy boost and mood support.

Tulsi’s adaptogenic properties can help you tackle an overloaded to-do list, preventing burnout and exhaustion in a healthier way than a caffeine infusion drip you joke about needing.

The underlying stressors won’t magically disappear, but with help from tulsi, your body won’t react by releasing cortisol. You’ll get it all done with less stress and anxiety.

“Holy basil can be found fresh at some specialty grocery stores, farmers markets, or grown easily from seed in similar conditions where you would grow common basil,” Miller notes.

Hibiscus tea can make you think of the tropics. The colorful flower, also known as roselle, is grown throughout Mexico, South America, and Africa. It’s indeed one of the best summer drinks to keep you cool.

Herbalist Steph Zabel notes that hibiscus may help regulate body temperature in the summer, delivering a naturally cooling effect. The herb’s tart qualities also make it refreshing and hydrating.

Apple mint is another popular refresher for the dog days of summer.

“It’s naturally sweet and a nice break from the usual vibes of peppermint or spearmint,” says Lydia Willoughby, owner of Sassafras Mercantile, a metaphysical boutique that sells farm-to-cup herbs.

Willoughby keeps apple mint iced tea on tap at her shop. “I love apple mint as iced tea to chill and enjoy while sipping in the shade,” she says.

The herb is loaded with good-for-you vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and iron. It also contains some analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties.

When made from fresh mint rather than dried, mint teas have a sharp, clean taste that’ll keep you coming back for more. Given mint’s aggressive growth habits, mints like apple mint make great windowsill herbs. Pot up a plant (look for this at the farmers market in spring or grow your own from seed) and snip fresh mint for the absolute freshest of teas.

Sure, rose tea looks pretty and has a gentle, loving connotation perfect for your self-care game. But it’s also loaded with antioxidants.

“It contains polyphenols that are thought to reduce the risk of certain types of cancer, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes, as well as protect your brain from degenerative disease,” explains Lisa Li, herbal tea expert and founder of The Qi, which sells flower teas from small family farms.

Li continues to sing rose tea’s praises by pointing out its adaptogenic properties to promote better gut health and more restful sleep.

If you’re making your own rose tea, be careful. While all varieties of roses are technically edible, those grown for floral uses may have been treated with chemicals. Li recommends looking for organically grown roses that are cultivated specifically for tea or food-grade consumption.

Acupuncturist and Chinese medicine expert Tsao-Lin E. Moy, owner of Integrative Healing Arts, likes using mugwort to promote deeper sleep.

There hasn’t been much research on humans to back that up definitively, but some research on mice suggests that one species of mugwort could have sleep-inducing effects.

“In Chinese medicine [mugwort] is called Ai Ye and helps to bring blood flow to the uterus,” Moy explains. “Try mugwort if you struggle to fall back asleep after waking in the night or if troubling dreams keep you from resting.”

Mugwort has a bit of a savory note that some people might find bitter. To make the flavor a bit sweeter, mix dried mugwort with lavender. Lavender is another sleep ally with a floral, somewhat peppery note best enjoyed in small doses.

Warning: If you use too much, the tea can taste perfumy.

Sip away, and happy relaxing!

Lindsey Danis is a Hudson Valley-based writer who covers food, travel, and LGBTQ stories. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter.


5 Rejuvenating Herbal Iced Tea Recipes to Try Before the End of Summer

Forget sparkling water — iced tea is my summer drink of choice. It’s super simple to make, there’s no mysterious “natural flavoring,” and you can customize each batch for a personalized wellness kick.

Whether you’re craving better sleep, a mellow mood, or more energy to make the most of summer’s long days, there’s an herb (and often more than one) that can give you the desired effect.

Here are five iced teas to try for a refreshing summer boost loaded with herbal benefits.

Tulsi, or holy basil, is an adaptogenic herb, which means its health benefits are vast.

“It has a slightly earthier flavor profile than regular basil, with hints of clove and cinnamon,” says Rachel Miller, an herbalist and nutritionist and the owner of Zhi Herbals.

While tulsi is a multitasking wellness herb, Miller often recommends holy basil tea for an energy boost and mood support.

Tulsi’s adaptogenic properties can help you tackle an overloaded to-do list, preventing burnout and exhaustion in a healthier way than a caffeine infusion drip you joke about needing.

The underlying stressors won’t magically disappear, but with help from tulsi, your body won’t react by releasing cortisol. You’ll get it all done with less stress and anxiety.

“Holy basil can be found fresh at some specialty grocery stores, farmers markets, or grown easily from seed in similar conditions where you would grow common basil,” Miller notes.

Hibiscus tea can make you think of the tropics. The colorful flower, also known as roselle, is grown throughout Mexico, South America, and Africa. It’s indeed one of the best summer drinks to keep you cool.

Herbalist Steph Zabel notes that hibiscus may help regulate body temperature in the summer, delivering a naturally cooling effect. The herb’s tart qualities also make it refreshing and hydrating.

Apple mint is another popular refresher for the dog days of summer.

“It’s naturally sweet and a nice break from the usual vibes of peppermint or spearmint,” says Lydia Willoughby, owner of Sassafras Mercantile, a metaphysical boutique that sells farm-to-cup herbs.

Willoughby keeps apple mint iced tea on tap at her shop. “I love apple mint as iced tea to chill and enjoy while sipping in the shade,” she says.

The herb is loaded with good-for-you vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and iron. It also contains some analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties.

When made from fresh mint rather than dried, mint teas have a sharp, clean taste that’ll keep you coming back for more. Given mint’s aggressive growth habits, mints like apple mint make great windowsill herbs. Pot up a plant (look for this at the farmers market in spring or grow your own from seed) and snip fresh mint for the absolute freshest of teas.

Sure, rose tea looks pretty and has a gentle, loving connotation perfect for your self-care game. But it’s also loaded with antioxidants.

“It contains polyphenols that are thought to reduce the risk of certain types of cancer, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes, as well as protect your brain from degenerative disease,” explains Lisa Li, herbal tea expert and founder of The Qi, which sells flower teas from small family farms.

Li continues to sing rose tea’s praises by pointing out its adaptogenic properties to promote better gut health and more restful sleep.

If you’re making your own rose tea, be careful. While all varieties of roses are technically edible, those grown for floral uses may have been treated with chemicals. Li recommends looking for organically grown roses that are cultivated specifically for tea or food-grade consumption.

Acupuncturist and Chinese medicine expert Tsao-Lin E. Moy, owner of Integrative Healing Arts, likes using mugwort to promote deeper sleep.

There hasn’t been much research on humans to back that up definitively, but some research on mice suggests that one species of mugwort could have sleep-inducing effects.

“In Chinese medicine [mugwort] is called Ai Ye and helps to bring blood flow to the uterus,” Moy explains. “Try mugwort if you struggle to fall back asleep after waking in the night or if troubling dreams keep you from resting.”

Mugwort has a bit of a savory note that some people might find bitter. To make the flavor a bit sweeter, mix dried mugwort with lavender. Lavender is another sleep ally with a floral, somewhat peppery note best enjoyed in small doses.

Warning: If you use too much, the tea can taste perfumy.

Sip away, and happy relaxing!

Lindsey Danis is a Hudson Valley-based writer who covers food, travel, and LGBTQ stories. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter.


5 Rejuvenating Herbal Iced Tea Recipes to Try Before the End of Summer

Forget sparkling water — iced tea is my summer drink of choice. It’s super simple to make, there’s no mysterious “natural flavoring,” and you can customize each batch for a personalized wellness kick.

Whether you’re craving better sleep, a mellow mood, or more energy to make the most of summer’s long days, there’s an herb (and often more than one) that can give you the desired effect.

Here are five iced teas to try for a refreshing summer boost loaded with herbal benefits.

Tulsi, or holy basil, is an adaptogenic herb, which means its health benefits are vast.

“It has a slightly earthier flavor profile than regular basil, with hints of clove and cinnamon,” says Rachel Miller, an herbalist and nutritionist and the owner of Zhi Herbals.

While tulsi is a multitasking wellness herb, Miller often recommends holy basil tea for an energy boost and mood support.

Tulsi’s adaptogenic properties can help you tackle an overloaded to-do list, preventing burnout and exhaustion in a healthier way than a caffeine infusion drip you joke about needing.

The underlying stressors won’t magically disappear, but with help from tulsi, your body won’t react by releasing cortisol. You’ll get it all done with less stress and anxiety.

“Holy basil can be found fresh at some specialty grocery stores, farmers markets, or grown easily from seed in similar conditions where you would grow common basil,” Miller notes.

Hibiscus tea can make you think of the tropics. The colorful flower, also known as roselle, is grown throughout Mexico, South America, and Africa. It’s indeed one of the best summer drinks to keep you cool.

Herbalist Steph Zabel notes that hibiscus may help regulate body temperature in the summer, delivering a naturally cooling effect. The herb’s tart qualities also make it refreshing and hydrating.

Apple mint is another popular refresher for the dog days of summer.

“It’s naturally sweet and a nice break from the usual vibes of peppermint or spearmint,” says Lydia Willoughby, owner of Sassafras Mercantile, a metaphysical boutique that sells farm-to-cup herbs.

Willoughby keeps apple mint iced tea on tap at her shop. “I love apple mint as iced tea to chill and enjoy while sipping in the shade,” she says.

The herb is loaded with good-for-you vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and iron. It also contains some analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties.

When made from fresh mint rather than dried, mint teas have a sharp, clean taste that’ll keep you coming back for more. Given mint’s aggressive growth habits, mints like apple mint make great windowsill herbs. Pot up a plant (look for this at the farmers market in spring or grow your own from seed) and snip fresh mint for the absolute freshest of teas.

Sure, rose tea looks pretty and has a gentle, loving connotation perfect for your self-care game. But it’s also loaded with antioxidants.

“It contains polyphenols that are thought to reduce the risk of certain types of cancer, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes, as well as protect your brain from degenerative disease,” explains Lisa Li, herbal tea expert and founder of The Qi, which sells flower teas from small family farms.

Li continues to sing rose tea’s praises by pointing out its adaptogenic properties to promote better gut health and more restful sleep.

If you’re making your own rose tea, be careful. While all varieties of roses are technically edible, those grown for floral uses may have been treated with chemicals. Li recommends looking for organically grown roses that are cultivated specifically for tea or food-grade consumption.

Acupuncturist and Chinese medicine expert Tsao-Lin E. Moy, owner of Integrative Healing Arts, likes using mugwort to promote deeper sleep.

There hasn’t been much research on humans to back that up definitively, but some research on mice suggests that one species of mugwort could have sleep-inducing effects.

“In Chinese medicine [mugwort] is called Ai Ye and helps to bring blood flow to the uterus,” Moy explains. “Try mugwort if you struggle to fall back asleep after waking in the night or if troubling dreams keep you from resting.”

Mugwort has a bit of a savory note that some people might find bitter. To make the flavor a bit sweeter, mix dried mugwort with lavender. Lavender is another sleep ally with a floral, somewhat peppery note best enjoyed in small doses.

Warning: If you use too much, the tea can taste perfumy.

Sip away, and happy relaxing!

Lindsey Danis is a Hudson Valley-based writer who covers food, travel, and LGBTQ stories. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter.


5 Rejuvenating Herbal Iced Tea Recipes to Try Before the End of Summer

Forget sparkling water — iced tea is my summer drink of choice. It’s super simple to make, there’s no mysterious “natural flavoring,” and you can customize each batch for a personalized wellness kick.

Whether you’re craving better sleep, a mellow mood, or more energy to make the most of summer’s long days, there’s an herb (and often more than one) that can give you the desired effect.

Here are five iced teas to try for a refreshing summer boost loaded with herbal benefits.

Tulsi, or holy basil, is an adaptogenic herb, which means its health benefits are vast.

“It has a slightly earthier flavor profile than regular basil, with hints of clove and cinnamon,” says Rachel Miller, an herbalist and nutritionist and the owner of Zhi Herbals.

While tulsi is a multitasking wellness herb, Miller often recommends holy basil tea for an energy boost and mood support.

Tulsi’s adaptogenic properties can help you tackle an overloaded to-do list, preventing burnout and exhaustion in a healthier way than a caffeine infusion drip you joke about needing.

The underlying stressors won’t magically disappear, but with help from tulsi, your body won’t react by releasing cortisol. You’ll get it all done with less stress and anxiety.

“Holy basil can be found fresh at some specialty grocery stores, farmers markets, or grown easily from seed in similar conditions where you would grow common basil,” Miller notes.

Hibiscus tea can make you think of the tropics. The colorful flower, also known as roselle, is grown throughout Mexico, South America, and Africa. It’s indeed one of the best summer drinks to keep you cool.

Herbalist Steph Zabel notes that hibiscus may help regulate body temperature in the summer, delivering a naturally cooling effect. The herb’s tart qualities also make it refreshing and hydrating.

Apple mint is another popular refresher for the dog days of summer.

“It’s naturally sweet and a nice break from the usual vibes of peppermint or spearmint,” says Lydia Willoughby, owner of Sassafras Mercantile, a metaphysical boutique that sells farm-to-cup herbs.

Willoughby keeps apple mint iced tea on tap at her shop. “I love apple mint as iced tea to chill and enjoy while sipping in the shade,” she says.

The herb is loaded with good-for-you vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and iron. It also contains some analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties.

When made from fresh mint rather than dried, mint teas have a sharp, clean taste that’ll keep you coming back for more. Given mint’s aggressive growth habits, mints like apple mint make great windowsill herbs. Pot up a plant (look for this at the farmers market in spring or grow your own from seed) and snip fresh mint for the absolute freshest of teas.

Sure, rose tea looks pretty and has a gentle, loving connotation perfect for your self-care game. But it’s also loaded with antioxidants.

“It contains polyphenols that are thought to reduce the risk of certain types of cancer, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes, as well as protect your brain from degenerative disease,” explains Lisa Li, herbal tea expert and founder of The Qi, which sells flower teas from small family farms.

Li continues to sing rose tea’s praises by pointing out its adaptogenic properties to promote better gut health and more restful sleep.

If you’re making your own rose tea, be careful. While all varieties of roses are technically edible, those grown for floral uses may have been treated with chemicals. Li recommends looking for organically grown roses that are cultivated specifically for tea or food-grade consumption.

Acupuncturist and Chinese medicine expert Tsao-Lin E. Moy, owner of Integrative Healing Arts, likes using mugwort to promote deeper sleep.

There hasn’t been much research on humans to back that up definitively, but some research on mice suggests that one species of mugwort could have sleep-inducing effects.

“In Chinese medicine [mugwort] is called Ai Ye and helps to bring blood flow to the uterus,” Moy explains. “Try mugwort if you struggle to fall back asleep after waking in the night or if troubling dreams keep you from resting.”

Mugwort has a bit of a savory note that some people might find bitter. To make the flavor a bit sweeter, mix dried mugwort with lavender. Lavender is another sleep ally with a floral, somewhat peppery note best enjoyed in small doses.

Warning: If you use too much, the tea can taste perfumy.

Sip away, and happy relaxing!

Lindsey Danis is a Hudson Valley-based writer who covers food, travel, and LGBTQ stories. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter.


5 Rejuvenating Herbal Iced Tea Recipes to Try Before the End of Summer

Forget sparkling water — iced tea is my summer drink of choice. It’s super simple to make, there’s no mysterious “natural flavoring,” and you can customize each batch for a personalized wellness kick.

Whether you’re craving better sleep, a mellow mood, or more energy to make the most of summer’s long days, there’s an herb (and often more than one) that can give you the desired effect.

Here are five iced teas to try for a refreshing summer boost loaded with herbal benefits.

Tulsi, or holy basil, is an adaptogenic herb, which means its health benefits are vast.

“It has a slightly earthier flavor profile than regular basil, with hints of clove and cinnamon,” says Rachel Miller, an herbalist and nutritionist and the owner of Zhi Herbals.

While tulsi is a multitasking wellness herb, Miller often recommends holy basil tea for an energy boost and mood support.

Tulsi’s adaptogenic properties can help you tackle an overloaded to-do list, preventing burnout and exhaustion in a healthier way than a caffeine infusion drip you joke about needing.

The underlying stressors won’t magically disappear, but with help from tulsi, your body won’t react by releasing cortisol. You’ll get it all done with less stress and anxiety.

“Holy basil can be found fresh at some specialty grocery stores, farmers markets, or grown easily from seed in similar conditions where you would grow common basil,” Miller notes.

Hibiscus tea can make you think of the tropics. The colorful flower, also known as roselle, is grown throughout Mexico, South America, and Africa. It’s indeed one of the best summer drinks to keep you cool.

Herbalist Steph Zabel notes that hibiscus may help regulate body temperature in the summer, delivering a naturally cooling effect. The herb’s tart qualities also make it refreshing and hydrating.

Apple mint is another popular refresher for the dog days of summer.

“It’s naturally sweet and a nice break from the usual vibes of peppermint or spearmint,” says Lydia Willoughby, owner of Sassafras Mercantile, a metaphysical boutique that sells farm-to-cup herbs.

Willoughby keeps apple mint iced tea on tap at her shop. “I love apple mint as iced tea to chill and enjoy while sipping in the shade,” she says.

The herb is loaded with good-for-you vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and iron. It also contains some analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties.

When made from fresh mint rather than dried, mint teas have a sharp, clean taste that’ll keep you coming back for more. Given mint’s aggressive growth habits, mints like apple mint make great windowsill herbs. Pot up a plant (look for this at the farmers market in spring or grow your own from seed) and snip fresh mint for the absolute freshest of teas.

Sure, rose tea looks pretty and has a gentle, loving connotation perfect for your self-care game. But it’s also loaded with antioxidants.

“It contains polyphenols that are thought to reduce the risk of certain types of cancer, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes, as well as protect your brain from degenerative disease,” explains Lisa Li, herbal tea expert and founder of The Qi, which sells flower teas from small family farms.

Li continues to sing rose tea’s praises by pointing out its adaptogenic properties to promote better gut health and more restful sleep.

If you’re making your own rose tea, be careful. While all varieties of roses are technically edible, those grown for floral uses may have been treated with chemicals. Li recommends looking for organically grown roses that are cultivated specifically for tea or food-grade consumption.

Acupuncturist and Chinese medicine expert Tsao-Lin E. Moy, owner of Integrative Healing Arts, likes using mugwort to promote deeper sleep.

There hasn’t been much research on humans to back that up definitively, but some research on mice suggests that one species of mugwort could have sleep-inducing effects.

“In Chinese medicine [mugwort] is called Ai Ye and helps to bring blood flow to the uterus,” Moy explains. “Try mugwort if you struggle to fall back asleep after waking in the night or if troubling dreams keep you from resting.”

Mugwort has a bit of a savory note that some people might find bitter. To make the flavor a bit sweeter, mix dried mugwort with lavender. Lavender is another sleep ally with a floral, somewhat peppery note best enjoyed in small doses.

Warning: If you use too much, the tea can taste perfumy.

Sip away, and happy relaxing!

Lindsey Danis is a Hudson Valley-based writer who covers food, travel, and LGBTQ stories. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter.


5 Rejuvenating Herbal Iced Tea Recipes to Try Before the End of Summer

Forget sparkling water — iced tea is my summer drink of choice. It’s super simple to make, there’s no mysterious “natural flavoring,” and you can customize each batch for a personalized wellness kick.

Whether you’re craving better sleep, a mellow mood, or more energy to make the most of summer’s long days, there’s an herb (and often more than one) that can give you the desired effect.

Here are five iced teas to try for a refreshing summer boost loaded with herbal benefits.

Tulsi, or holy basil, is an adaptogenic herb, which means its health benefits are vast.

“It has a slightly earthier flavor profile than regular basil, with hints of clove and cinnamon,” says Rachel Miller, an herbalist and nutritionist and the owner of Zhi Herbals.

While tulsi is a multitasking wellness herb, Miller often recommends holy basil tea for an energy boost and mood support.

Tulsi’s adaptogenic properties can help you tackle an overloaded to-do list, preventing burnout and exhaustion in a healthier way than a caffeine infusion drip you joke about needing.

The underlying stressors won’t magically disappear, but with help from tulsi, your body won’t react by releasing cortisol. You’ll get it all done with less stress and anxiety.

“Holy basil can be found fresh at some specialty grocery stores, farmers markets, or grown easily from seed in similar conditions where you would grow common basil,” Miller notes.

Hibiscus tea can make you think of the tropics. The colorful flower, also known as roselle, is grown throughout Mexico, South America, and Africa. It’s indeed one of the best summer drinks to keep you cool.

Herbalist Steph Zabel notes that hibiscus may help regulate body temperature in the summer, delivering a naturally cooling effect. The herb’s tart qualities also make it refreshing and hydrating.

Apple mint is another popular refresher for the dog days of summer.

“It’s naturally sweet and a nice break from the usual vibes of peppermint or spearmint,” says Lydia Willoughby, owner of Sassafras Mercantile, a metaphysical boutique that sells farm-to-cup herbs.

Willoughby keeps apple mint iced tea on tap at her shop. “I love apple mint as iced tea to chill and enjoy while sipping in the shade,” she says.

The herb is loaded with good-for-you vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and iron. It also contains some analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties.

When made from fresh mint rather than dried, mint teas have a sharp, clean taste that’ll keep you coming back for more. Given mint’s aggressive growth habits, mints like apple mint make great windowsill herbs. Pot up a plant (look for this at the farmers market in spring or grow your own from seed) and snip fresh mint for the absolute freshest of teas.

Sure, rose tea looks pretty and has a gentle, loving connotation perfect for your self-care game. But it’s also loaded with antioxidants.

“It contains polyphenols that are thought to reduce the risk of certain types of cancer, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes, as well as protect your brain from degenerative disease,” explains Lisa Li, herbal tea expert and founder of The Qi, which sells flower teas from small family farms.

Li continues to sing rose tea’s praises by pointing out its adaptogenic properties to promote better gut health and more restful sleep.

If you’re making your own rose tea, be careful. While all varieties of roses are technically edible, those grown for floral uses may have been treated with chemicals. Li recommends looking for organically grown roses that are cultivated specifically for tea or food-grade consumption.

Acupuncturist and Chinese medicine expert Tsao-Lin E. Moy, owner of Integrative Healing Arts, likes using mugwort to promote deeper sleep.

There hasn’t been much research on humans to back that up definitively, but some research on mice suggests that one species of mugwort could have sleep-inducing effects.

“In Chinese medicine [mugwort] is called Ai Ye and helps to bring blood flow to the uterus,” Moy explains. “Try mugwort if you struggle to fall back asleep after waking in the night or if troubling dreams keep you from resting.”

Mugwort has a bit of a savory note that some people might find bitter. To make the flavor a bit sweeter, mix dried mugwort with lavender. Lavender is another sleep ally with a floral, somewhat peppery note best enjoyed in small doses.

Warning: If you use too much, the tea can taste perfumy.

Sip away, and happy relaxing!

Lindsey Danis is a Hudson Valley-based writer who covers food, travel, and LGBTQ stories. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter.


5 Rejuvenating Herbal Iced Tea Recipes to Try Before the End of Summer

Forget sparkling water — iced tea is my summer drink of choice. It’s super simple to make, there’s no mysterious “natural flavoring,” and you can customize each batch for a personalized wellness kick.

Whether you’re craving better sleep, a mellow mood, or more energy to make the most of summer’s long days, there’s an herb (and often more than one) that can give you the desired effect.

Here are five iced teas to try for a refreshing summer boost loaded with herbal benefits.

Tulsi, or holy basil, is an adaptogenic herb, which means its health benefits are vast.

“It has a slightly earthier flavor profile than regular basil, with hints of clove and cinnamon,” says Rachel Miller, an herbalist and nutritionist and the owner of Zhi Herbals.

While tulsi is a multitasking wellness herb, Miller often recommends holy basil tea for an energy boost and mood support.

Tulsi’s adaptogenic properties can help you tackle an overloaded to-do list, preventing burnout and exhaustion in a healthier way than a caffeine infusion drip you joke about needing.

The underlying stressors won’t magically disappear, but with help from tulsi, your body won’t react by releasing cortisol. You’ll get it all done with less stress and anxiety.

“Holy basil can be found fresh at some specialty grocery stores, farmers markets, or grown easily from seed in similar conditions where you would grow common basil,” Miller notes.

Hibiscus tea can make you think of the tropics. The colorful flower, also known as roselle, is grown throughout Mexico, South America, and Africa. It’s indeed one of the best summer drinks to keep you cool.

Herbalist Steph Zabel notes that hibiscus may help regulate body temperature in the summer, delivering a naturally cooling effect. The herb’s tart qualities also make it refreshing and hydrating.

Apple mint is another popular refresher for the dog days of summer.

“It’s naturally sweet and a nice break from the usual vibes of peppermint or spearmint,” says Lydia Willoughby, owner of Sassafras Mercantile, a metaphysical boutique that sells farm-to-cup herbs.

Willoughby keeps apple mint iced tea on tap at her shop. “I love apple mint as iced tea to chill and enjoy while sipping in the shade,” she says.

The herb is loaded with good-for-you vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and iron. It also contains some analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties.

When made from fresh mint rather than dried, mint teas have a sharp, clean taste that’ll keep you coming back for more. Given mint’s aggressive growth habits, mints like apple mint make great windowsill herbs. Pot up a plant (look for this at the farmers market in spring or grow your own from seed) and snip fresh mint for the absolute freshest of teas.

Sure, rose tea looks pretty and has a gentle, loving connotation perfect for your self-care game. But it’s also loaded with antioxidants.

“It contains polyphenols that are thought to reduce the risk of certain types of cancer, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes, as well as protect your brain from degenerative disease,” explains Lisa Li, herbal tea expert and founder of The Qi, which sells flower teas from small family farms.

Li continues to sing rose tea’s praises by pointing out its adaptogenic properties to promote better gut health and more restful sleep.

If you’re making your own rose tea, be careful. While all varieties of roses are technically edible, those grown for floral uses may have been treated with chemicals. Li recommends looking for organically grown roses that are cultivated specifically for tea or food-grade consumption.

Acupuncturist and Chinese medicine expert Tsao-Lin E. Moy, owner of Integrative Healing Arts, likes using mugwort to promote deeper sleep.

There hasn’t been much research on humans to back that up definitively, but some research on mice suggests that one species of mugwort could have sleep-inducing effects.

“In Chinese medicine [mugwort] is called Ai Ye and helps to bring blood flow to the uterus,” Moy explains. “Try mugwort if you struggle to fall back asleep after waking in the night or if troubling dreams keep you from resting.”

Mugwort has a bit of a savory note that some people might find bitter. To make the flavor a bit sweeter, mix dried mugwort with lavender. Lavender is another sleep ally with a floral, somewhat peppery note best enjoyed in small doses.

Warning: If you use too much, the tea can taste perfumy.

Sip away, and happy relaxing!

Lindsey Danis is a Hudson Valley-based writer who covers food, travel, and LGBTQ stories. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter.


5 Rejuvenating Herbal Iced Tea Recipes to Try Before the End of Summer

Forget sparkling water — iced tea is my summer drink of choice. It’s super simple to make, there’s no mysterious “natural flavoring,” and you can customize each batch for a personalized wellness kick.

Whether you’re craving better sleep, a mellow mood, or more energy to make the most of summer’s long days, there’s an herb (and often more than one) that can give you the desired effect.

Here are five iced teas to try for a refreshing summer boost loaded with herbal benefits.

Tulsi, or holy basil, is an adaptogenic herb, which means its health benefits are vast.

“It has a slightly earthier flavor profile than regular basil, with hints of clove and cinnamon,” says Rachel Miller, an herbalist and nutritionist and the owner of Zhi Herbals.

While tulsi is a multitasking wellness herb, Miller often recommends holy basil tea for an energy boost and mood support.

Tulsi’s adaptogenic properties can help you tackle an overloaded to-do list, preventing burnout and exhaustion in a healthier way than a caffeine infusion drip you joke about needing.

The underlying stressors won’t magically disappear, but with help from tulsi, your body won’t react by releasing cortisol. You’ll get it all done with less stress and anxiety.

“Holy basil can be found fresh at some specialty grocery stores, farmers markets, or grown easily from seed in similar conditions where you would grow common basil,” Miller notes.

Hibiscus tea can make you think of the tropics. The colorful flower, also known as roselle, is grown throughout Mexico, South America, and Africa. It’s indeed one of the best summer drinks to keep you cool.

Herbalist Steph Zabel notes that hibiscus may help regulate body temperature in the summer, delivering a naturally cooling effect. The herb’s tart qualities also make it refreshing and hydrating.

Apple mint is another popular refresher for the dog days of summer.

“It’s naturally sweet and a nice break from the usual vibes of peppermint or spearmint,” says Lydia Willoughby, owner of Sassafras Mercantile, a metaphysical boutique that sells farm-to-cup herbs.

Willoughby keeps apple mint iced tea on tap at her shop. “I love apple mint as iced tea to chill and enjoy while sipping in the shade,” she says.

The herb is loaded with good-for-you vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and iron. It also contains some analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties.

When made from fresh mint rather than dried, mint teas have a sharp, clean taste that’ll keep you coming back for more. Given mint’s aggressive growth habits, mints like apple mint make great windowsill herbs. Pot up a plant (look for this at the farmers market in spring or grow your own from seed) and snip fresh mint for the absolute freshest of teas.

Sure, rose tea looks pretty and has a gentle, loving connotation perfect for your self-care game. But it’s also loaded with antioxidants.

“It contains polyphenols that are thought to reduce the risk of certain types of cancer, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes, as well as protect your brain from degenerative disease,” explains Lisa Li, herbal tea expert and founder of The Qi, which sells flower teas from small family farms.

Li continues to sing rose tea’s praises by pointing out its adaptogenic properties to promote better gut health and more restful sleep.

If you’re making your own rose tea, be careful. While all varieties of roses are technically edible, those grown for floral uses may have been treated with chemicals. Li recommends looking for organically grown roses that are cultivated specifically for tea or food-grade consumption.

Acupuncturist and Chinese medicine expert Tsao-Lin E. Moy, owner of Integrative Healing Arts, likes using mugwort to promote deeper sleep.

There hasn’t been much research on humans to back that up definitively, but some research on mice suggests that one species of mugwort could have sleep-inducing effects.

“In Chinese medicine [mugwort] is called Ai Ye and helps to bring blood flow to the uterus,” Moy explains. “Try mugwort if you struggle to fall back asleep after waking in the night or if troubling dreams keep you from resting.”

Mugwort has a bit of a savory note that some people might find bitter. To make the flavor a bit sweeter, mix dried mugwort with lavender. Lavender is another sleep ally with a floral, somewhat peppery note best enjoyed in small doses.

Warning: If you use too much, the tea can taste perfumy.

Sip away, and happy relaxing!

Lindsey Danis is a Hudson Valley-based writer who covers food, travel, and LGBTQ stories. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter.


5 Rejuvenating Herbal Iced Tea Recipes to Try Before the End of Summer

Forget sparkling water — iced tea is my summer drink of choice. It’s super simple to make, there’s no mysterious “natural flavoring,” and you can customize each batch for a personalized wellness kick.

Whether you’re craving better sleep, a mellow mood, or more energy to make the most of summer’s long days, there’s an herb (and often more than one) that can give you the desired effect.

Here are five iced teas to try for a refreshing summer boost loaded with herbal benefits.

Tulsi, or holy basil, is an adaptogenic herb, which means its health benefits are vast.

“It has a slightly earthier flavor profile than regular basil, with hints of clove and cinnamon,” says Rachel Miller, an herbalist and nutritionist and the owner of Zhi Herbals.

While tulsi is a multitasking wellness herb, Miller often recommends holy basil tea for an energy boost and mood support.

Tulsi’s adaptogenic properties can help you tackle an overloaded to-do list, preventing burnout and exhaustion in a healthier way than a caffeine infusion drip you joke about needing.

The underlying stressors won’t magically disappear, but with help from tulsi, your body won’t react by releasing cortisol. You’ll get it all done with less stress and anxiety.

“Holy basil can be found fresh at some specialty grocery stores, farmers markets, or grown easily from seed in similar conditions where you would grow common basil,” Miller notes.

Hibiscus tea can make you think of the tropics. The colorful flower, also known as roselle, is grown throughout Mexico, South America, and Africa. It’s indeed one of the best summer drinks to keep you cool.

Herbalist Steph Zabel notes that hibiscus may help regulate body temperature in the summer, delivering a naturally cooling effect. The herb’s tart qualities also make it refreshing and hydrating.

Apple mint is another popular refresher for the dog days of summer.

“It’s naturally sweet and a nice break from the usual vibes of peppermint or spearmint,” says Lydia Willoughby, owner of Sassafras Mercantile, a metaphysical boutique that sells farm-to-cup herbs.

Willoughby keeps apple mint iced tea on tap at her shop. “I love apple mint as iced tea to chill and enjoy while sipping in the shade,” she says.

The herb is loaded with good-for-you vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and iron. It also contains some analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties.

When made from fresh mint rather than dried, mint teas have a sharp, clean taste that’ll keep you coming back for more. Given mint’s aggressive growth habits, mints like apple mint make great windowsill herbs. Pot up a plant (look for this at the farmers market in spring or grow your own from seed) and snip fresh mint for the absolute freshest of teas.

Sure, rose tea looks pretty and has a gentle, loving connotation perfect for your self-care game. But it’s also loaded with antioxidants.

“It contains polyphenols that are thought to reduce the risk of certain types of cancer, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes, as well as protect your brain from degenerative disease,” explains Lisa Li, herbal tea expert and founder of The Qi, which sells flower teas from small family farms.

Li continues to sing rose tea’s praises by pointing out its adaptogenic properties to promote better gut health and more restful sleep.

If you’re making your own rose tea, be careful. While all varieties of roses are technically edible, those grown for floral uses may have been treated with chemicals. Li recommends looking for organically grown roses that are cultivated specifically for tea or food-grade consumption.

Acupuncturist and Chinese medicine expert Tsao-Lin E. Moy, owner of Integrative Healing Arts, likes using mugwort to promote deeper sleep.

There hasn’t been much research on humans to back that up definitively, but some research on mice suggests that one species of mugwort could have sleep-inducing effects.

“In Chinese medicine [mugwort] is called Ai Ye and helps to bring blood flow to the uterus,” Moy explains. “Try mugwort if you struggle to fall back asleep after waking in the night or if troubling dreams keep you from resting.”

Mugwort has a bit of a savory note that some people might find bitter. To make the flavor a bit sweeter, mix dried mugwort with lavender. Lavender is another sleep ally with a floral, somewhat peppery note best enjoyed in small doses.

Warning: If you use too much, the tea can taste perfumy.

Sip away, and happy relaxing!

Lindsey Danis is a Hudson Valley-based writer who covers food, travel, and LGBTQ stories. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter.