Happy Father's Day! While there are so many different kinds of dads out there, this tea recipe came to me while I was thinking of my own dad and grandfathers. Both my grandfathers, as well as my dad, have all passed on. My childhood, however, was filled with their influence...spending summers in the garden with my grandpa or on the back of my other grandfather's motorcycle while he carefully rode me around the neighborhood. My dad was definitely of the "measure twice, cut once" school and taught me how to change a flat tire before he taught me to drive.
These men were the sorts who worked long days, mostly outdoors, and then spent their days away from paid work building, crafting, tending, and creating. Whether they were planting trees, rebuilding engines, milling lumber for a new barn, or tending the garden, they were the kind of people who knew how to keep busy!
This tea is made up of some of my favorite strong flavors from the great outdoors, as well as herbs I like for their nutritive and supportive qualities. Perfect to enjoy in the midst of a hard day of work...
Hard Day's Work Tea Blend
1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon organic Roasted Dandelion Root
2 teaspoons organic Blackberry Leaf
1 teaspoon organic Cinammon Chips
1 teaspoon organic Hawthorn Berries
1 teaspoon organic Nettle Leaf
1 teaspoon organic Marshmallow Root
1/2 teaspoon organic Licorice Root
1/2 teaspoon organic Ginger Root
1 dropperfull of organic Elderberry extract
Combine all the herbs in an infuser, nest, or bag. Pour 1 1/2 to 2 cups of boiling water over and allow to steep for 4-5 minutes. Remove the herbs and add a dropperful of Elderberry extract and stir to combine. The Licorice root and Elderberry extract adds a little sweetness, but feel free to add honey, lemon, or other garnishments to suit your tastes. Enjoy!