Herbal teas are great caffeine alternatives, but their nurturing and healing qualities also make them brilliant at boosting energy, improving digestion, replenishing the skin and calming the mind.
They're easy and quick to make at home and by using fresh herbs, you can create a blend that tastes better than any shop-bought brew too.
The experts at Neal's Yard Remedies have shared some of their favourite health and beauty how tos in their latest book Cook, Brew and Blend Your Own Herbs.
We love this lemon balm and rose recipe. Find out why it's good for you and how to make it yourself...
This tea contains a fusion of empowering yet relaxing lemon balm and mood-enhancing, sensual rose petals to make the ultimate summer refreshment. It can be enjoyed hot or cold, and is best drunk slightly bitter. For the best results, pick fresh lemon balm leaves and fresh perfumed rose petals from the damask rose or French rose.
You will need:
16 leaves of fresh lemon balm (the soft, flowering tops can also be used) or 1tbsp dried lemon balm
2 rose heads with petals removed or 2 tbsp dried rose petals
1. Put the fresh lemon balm leaves and rose petals in a large teapot. If using dried lemon balm and rose petals, spoon them into the teapot instead.
2. Boil 500ml (16fl oz) of water, allow to cool for five minutes, then pour into the teapot. Allow to infuse for five minutes and then serve. More water can be added later if needed to re-infuse the leaves and rose petals.
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