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RECIPE | Citrus blossom tea

CandideZA
Published on August 4th 2021
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by CandideUK. All rights reserved

A close up of a flower
The fresh scent of citrus blossoms is slowly filling the air, reminding us that spring is around the corner. If you want to linger a little longer in this citrussy sensation, capture it in a cup and enjoy a calming sip of citrus blossom tea.
Citrus blossom tea has numerous benefits. It aids digestion, has a calming effect, and, if you include a few slices of citrus fruit to your brew, gives a good boost of vitamin C.
This tea can be served warm or iced and if you're lucky enough to have a citrus tree or two growing in your backyard or on your balcony, you'll want to make this tea part of your morning routine.
Image by Milada Vigerova from Unsplash.

Citrus blossom tea recipe

Ingredients
  • Fresh orange blossoms
Be sure to select trees that are free from chemicals or pesticides.
  • Few cups of warm water
  • A few slices of your favourite citrus fruit
To add some extra citrussy zing to your tea, combine a variety of these ingredients:
  • lemon thyme - natural antiseptic
  • lemon verbena - drives away colds and congestion
A close up of the yellow-green leaves of Lemon Verbena

Lemon Verbena

Aloysia citrodora

  • lemongrass - aids digestion and brings down fever
  • calendula flowers - antiseptic, cell rejuvenations, heals gums and mouth ulcers
  • ginger - eases digestion and nausea, anti-inflammatory, and energy boosting
  • honey to sweeten - antiseptic
Lemon verbena

Method

  1. Wash the blossoms carefully under cold, running water.
  2. Pour four cups of water into a utensil and slowly start heating it.
  3. After the water reaching boiling point, add the citrus blossoms and other preferred ingredients.
  4. Keeping the lid on, leave the mixture to brew for a couple of minutes.
  5. Strain the tea and garnish with calendula petals, a stem of lemongrass and a slice of your preferred citrus fruit.
Alternatively, you can harvest the blossoms, allow them to dry and keep them in a container in the refrigerator and prepare as above.

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