Midsummer Tea

Midsummer

This utterly yummy tea is one of my favourite summertime flavour combinations: raspberries and peaches! It’s a blend of honeybush tea, black tea, peach pieces, rosehips, and calendula petals. Ripe berries and sunrays ❤

This would make an excellent iced tea for those long hot summer days.

You can find Midsummer tea here.

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Zodiac Teas!!

Finally done, and oh so yummy! These twelve teas are quite fruity, and very dessert-like, yum!

Aries
rooibos, peaches and cream, and a hint of cinnamon

Taurus
black tea, coconut and chai spices (cinnamon, clove, and ginger)

Gemini
green tea, strawberry, spearmint, and sweet vanilla cream

Taurus

Cancer
honeybush tea, cantaloupe, lemon myrtle, a little twist of lime, and a whole lot of juicy melon flavour

Leo
rooibos, pineapple, orange, and delicious cream; a scrumptious pineapple and orange creamsicle

Virgo
black tea, blueberries and cream, rosehips and a swirl of cornflower petals

Cancer

Libra
green tea with a lovely blend of lemon myrtle, lavender, calendula, and creamy goodness; like a fancy bowl of ice cream

Scorpio 
honeybush, blackberries, rosehips, and hazelnut; truly a fancy dessert in a cup

Sagittarius
rooibos, banana, papaya, and guava

 

Scorpio

Capricorn
black tea, almonds, and strawberries; marzipan and strawberry jam

Aquarius
green tea, grapefruit, lemongrass, hibiscus, orange, and coconut

Pisces
honeybush, cherries, and vanilla cream

Capricorn

This group of tea has definitely been a lesson in the fact that knowing when I’m going to be done formulating is not always very predictable! I had been hoping to finish them by the end of April, in fact I had 9 or 10 of them finished! However, a few teas were just not working out for me, flavours weren’t turning out how I wanted them, and then reformulation had to happen.
It’s also a lesson that sometimes flavours that work in baked goods, or food that we actually eat doesn’t translate very well with the ingredients I have for tea. And that’s ok, because now I know!

Yay! Some Autumn Teas!

In case you missed it, September’s newsletter went out last week (which you can find here and sign up if you like!). And in it, I revealed three new teas for the cooler weather that is (hopefully) coming!

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Inspired by cool evenings at the fair and the sweetest treats, a blend of black tea, almonds, pistachios, hazelnuts, pecans, and peanuts. But that’s not all, they’re covered in a light and decadent dusting of sweetest maple sugar.

You can find Maple Roasted Nuts here.

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Beware the Evil Queen’s apples, lest you fall prey to their ill effects, such as wanting more tea!

A fantastic tea that tastes just like apple crisp. Honeybush tea provides a warm, fruity base for a simple blend of apples, cinnamon, and oats, mixed with a goodly amount of brown sugar, of course!

Poison Apple Crisp tea is to be found here.

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You must hurry before the carriage turns back into a tiny pumpkin, so come on and sip awhile until the bell tolls the midnight hour!

A delicious pumpkin spiced chai, you’ll start with a base of a deep and dark black tea, then nutmeg, ginger, clove, and cinnamon will warm you inside and out. Finishes with a delightfully familiar creamy dollop bringing out that pumpkin flavour, whilst apples and pumpkin seeds remind you of the harvest season.

This delightful Pumpkin Carriage tea can be found here.

 

I hope you enjoy having a gander at the new delicious teas! I know I’m enjoying drinking them (the best part about being a tea-maker!).

 

Mia

Now Revealing The Secret Project!!

I have been waiting for quite some time to get this project all done, but you know how it is when you do a bigger project, and in my case, the teas had to be JUST RIGHT! I’ve been mentioning working on it here and there over on my Facebook page, so I know there wasn’t much anticipation here on the blog, but yay!!! It’s done! And now for the big reveal!!!

*drumroll*

Hogwarts House Blends

A tea for each house, whichever you’ve been sorted into! You can purchase them individually, or all together to save a few bucks!
This would definitely make a perfectly nerdy gift for your favourite Potterhead!

Each tea is a specially blended dessert tea, so lots of yumminess to find here!

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GRYFFINDOR
Rooibos and honeybush provide a fruity, earthy base for spiced root beer to delight your tongue. A sweet treat as you sit in front of the Gryffindor common room’s fires before going off to do something you perhaps shouldn’t be doing.

Slytherin House Blend
SLYTHERIN
Black tea provides a lovely malty and sweet base for pistachios, cherries and lemongrass. A delicious treat for pistachio pudding lovers, and prestigious witches and wizards alike!

Hufflepuff House Blend
HUFFLEPUFF
Three citrus fruits flavour delicious, spongy cake with a delectable, buttery icing.
Honeybush tea mixed with lemon and orange pieces, calendula petals for a pop of sunny colour. Essences of cake and warm icing swirl in this tasty cup to bring you a lovely cup of dessert.

Ravenclaw House Blend
RAVENCLAW
Green tea blended with sweet blueberries, peppermint to lend a bit of brain power, all atop a creamy cheesecake. All this in a cup of tea? It must be magic!

And if you’re looking to purchase all four, click here!

 

Freyja Recipe Change

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Hey guys! As I mentioned, there will be some recipe changes, part of this is because of where I get my supplies, and the other part is making sure that my teas (especially older blends like Freyja) stay the most delicious they can possibly can!

So what’s changed in the Freyja blend? Peaches have replaced the nectarines (peach was the original plan anyhow), and now there is flavour added to enhance the orange and peach notes.

If I haven’t mentioned it before here, when you add fruits to tea, you really aren’t going to get much flavour from the dried fruit. The only way you could do this naturally is if you had, for example, peach and orange juice to add to the tea. That’s why in most teas (especially the fruity ones), you’ll see that flavour is added.

Anywho! Stay tuned for some more recipe updates, whether it is reblending or discontinuing (sad, I know, but I can’t keep in the shop what doesn’t sell unfortunately, but it does help me focus on what you guys do want to have!).

I hope your Beltaine has been magnificent and full of all the fertility of the season in whichever way you need it!

Mia

Hermes Tea

Hermes

Simply delicious strawberries drizzled with cinnamon-scented honey, peppered with pomegranate pips.

This is a fantastic tea for warmer weather, in fact, it would make a delicious iced tea! Just remember you need 1.5 times the amount to get a potent enough iced tea (so where it would take 1 tsp for one cup of water if you were having warm tea, for iced tea, you need 1.5 tsp per cup of water).

Fruity honeybush tea provides a lovely base for strawberries, hibiscus adds a fantastic tart flavour, further enhancing the strawberries and hint of pomegranate. Saffron pops and helps add to the lovely orange colour of the brewed tea, and cinnamon adds quite a lovely, sweet warmth to the palate. Honey adds the final touch to this tea that’s sure to get you going out the door onto your next adventure.

Offer it to Hermes by itself, or share a cup with Him!
And as always, you can most definitely drink to simply enjoy!

You can find Hermes’ tea here, and other devotional teas here.

Inanna Tea

 

InannaA deep, earthy and sweet cup reminiscent of long warm days in wind-swept desserts. But fear not, Inanna will bring the much needed rains.

Rooibos and honeybush teas create a warm, sweet, woody and fruity base whilst roses bloom nearby as you nibble on apples and peaches dripping in spiced wine.

Offer up a cup to the Queen of Heaven Herself, or share with Her. You are most definitely welcome to simply enjoy this delicious cup if you wish!

You’ll find Innana’s tea here, and if you’re looking for Someone else’s tea, click here!

So What The Heck Is Honeybush Tea?

honeybush

Latin name:
Cyclopia

Species for commercial use:
intermedia
genistoides
maculata
sessiliflora
subternata

Native to:
South Africa

Why is it called honeybush?

Well, the flowers smell like honey, which I imagine is like heaven!

What is the flavour like?

If you’ve had rooibos before, you’ll know that rooibos tastes sweet, woody, and nutty. Honeybush is fairly similar, but in place of the more woody/nutty flavour, honeybush tastes quite fruity. If you have a sniff of plain honeybush tea, you won’t smell any particular fruit, but that general sweet fruit smell. When you drink it, it’s much the same as the smell, there’s a nice and sweet earthiness to it, and then a lovely fruit-like flavour.

Ok, I love fruity flavours, so how do I brew it?

Unlike brewing tea from the tea plant (Camellia sinensis), honeybush, like rooibos, does not become bitter if you over-brew it. That means you can totally forget about it, but please, don’t put it in the microwave to reheat it… that’s such an injustice to tea!! Stick it in a pot on the stove instead and heat until it is ALMOST boiling.

Also, you’ll notice that it is composed of small pieces of what looks like (and is) bark! If you’re someone who doesn’t like drinking tea pieces, make sure you use a fine-mesh basket infuser instead of a ball.

  • put 1 tsp of honeybush tea into your tea ball or infuser
  • put that infuser in your tea cup
  • bring water to 93°C 200°F (that will be just before it starts to boil)
  • add 1cup or 8oz to your teacup
  • steep between 5-10 minutes (I tend to go the whole 10 min)

What about health benefits?

  • no caffeine! so if you’re caffeine-sensitive, or would like to have a cuppa before bed, this is a perfect brew to imbibe!

There are some other reported benefits, including antioxidants, protecting from inflammation diseases, phytoestrogens, and combating tumours…
HOWEVER!
I am not a doctor, and there doesn’t seem to have been enough large-scale research to determine with confidence that honeybush tea will actually help you out with these health issues.
Drinking tea period is a much healthier choice over many other mass-produced, over-sugared drinks. And adding a new tea you may never have tried before is a fantastic way to enjoy lots of variety and yumminess in your healthier drink choices!

 

Ok, not-doctor-lady, what about the magickal properties of this tea?

While not much seems to be associated with honeybush tea, from my own experiences with it, like most tea bases, it really takes on the qualities of the ingredients added to it.

However, as a base, this tea in particular adds a grounded energy to the tea, not hard, and immovable, but the soft, life-giving kind of grounded.

I would suggest it is a good tea for magicks concerning:
love, relationships, fertility, creation, nurturing life, enjoying sweet moments & celebration.

 

So if you’re thinking you’d like to try out some honeybush tea now that you know a lot more about it, I have a few honeybush blends in my shop!

Imbolg
Hufflepuff 
Dark Moon

Freyja

Dark Moon Tea

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Take a walk in the starlit sky, there’s no moonlight to illuminate your path this night. The scent of earth and crushed berries will guide you to your place of power.

Honeybush tea provides a sweet and fruity base, complimenting elderberries, and a hint of raspberry. Mugwort adds a subtle earthy herbiness to the blend, ensuring you know that this is a cup from the wild, dark wood, meant for midnight rituals among the trees.

You can find my Dark Moon tea here, and more magickal teas here.

 

Also!! I have created a separate listing for samples as having to issue refunds for shipping overages just takes up way too much time! You can find the listing here. In the listing, you will find a list of all teas I offer as samples, then once you know what you want, order the number you want, and leave a note to seller at checkout of which blends you’d like sent your way! Pretty simple, and much more efficient!
Efficiency is very important. *nods*

Imbolg Tea

Oh I am so happy to be mixing tea again! What a bluster of a holiday season that leaves me every so tired and in need of hibernation!

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Sweet and juicy pear glazed with gingered maple syrup. A treat in the middle of winter as the light slowly returns.

This tea will certainly keep you warm on those cold winter nights, whilst reminding you of the fruits of summer the trees will soon burst forth in a frenzy to grow. Enjoy as you plan the coming year’s crops, whether literally in the garden, or within yourself; offer up tea to the youthful God growing ever stronger in light; or offer it to the land and wights.
As always, this tea is delicious to sip if for no other reason than pleasure.

So have a look at this nummy, warming tea created with the cross-quarter day at heart. And if you’re looking for other seasonal teas, check out my seasonal teas section.