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Celebrating SPRING!

Celebrate the first day of SPRING* with a floral tea (it's spring in a cup) or a tonic!

Since SPRING is the season of blooms and buds, make an aromatic floral tea of lilacs and either roses or osmanthus petals.

Add 4 cups boiling water to a cup of lilac petals (stems and leaves removed) and a cup of osmanthus (for sweetness) OR rose petals (for bright color) to a glass container. Soak overnight. Strain the petals. Add the mixture to a base of 2 cups of white tea (for it's subtle flavor). Add lemon or maple syrup for preference. Serve hot or iced.

*seasonal tip: use the floral tea as a substitute for plain water while baking
 
Or celebrate SPRING with a tonic!
Tonics are different than teas in that they are made solely of herbs, so they're more medicinal. Spring is the time of renewal and awakening and nothing awakens digestion* better than a bitter tonic.
The best cleansers and detoxifiers are dandelion and milk thistle. These all-stars are perfect for detoxing and cleansing the liver (great after a long winter of heavy comfort foods). Add 3-4 cups of boiling water to equal amounts of dandelion (including the root) and milk thistle in a glass container for 15-20 minutes. Strain the herbs. Add to a peppermint or spearmint tea (which contains high amounts of zinc, to boost immunity) base (2-3 cups) to lighten the bitter flavor of the herbs. Add lemon, lavender or maple syrup to taste.

*We want to pay attention to our digestive gut health (where immunity starts) and inflammation at ALL TIMES. As more and more, they are finding these are the sources of all disease and illness.