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Lifestyle

Chamomile Citrus and Mint Tea

Sheena Virmani

Herbal teas are great for boosting your energy levels and immune system. I prefer to drink herbal teas over caffeinated teas and coffee because of their health benefits. Herbal teas do not actually contain tea leaves; they are a mixture of herbs, and it is quite easy to create your own blend. Start by researching herbs and their benefits, followed by a trip to your local health food store where you can find most herbs. By making your own blend you are controlling the ingredients and flavor. For example, for me it is important that the ingredients are organic, and by creating my own blend I am able to control that. 

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Chamomile tea has a relaxing effect on the body which can help to reduce stress and anxiety levels. Mint improves mood and helps to increase brain activity and mental alertness. I added orange to the tea to tie the two herbs together and add a sweet citrus flavor (more for taste). 

To steep the tea blend equal parts of the chamomile, mint, and dried orange peel; you can either use paper tea filters (found Here) or a steeping pot (found Here). I was at home so I decided to steep the tea using a pot, but also filled some in the tea bags to take to work for the week. 

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For Hot Tea:

Steep the tea in a pot or with a tea bag over boiling water for 10-15 minutes and enjoy.

For Iced Tea:

Steep the tea just like you would for hot tea, let it cool for half an hour and then put it in the fridge for about 2 hours before serving. Serve over ice, and garnish with fresh mint.

If you need to add sweetener try using honey or agave. 

Have fun experimenting with your own blends! 

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