Think you're not a tea drinker? You might want to think again! Herbal teas have such a diverse range of flavors and this nutritive Nettle Rose Tea might just be the tea to change your mind. The flavor is simply delightful!
Growing up, the only tea I ever tried was “Regular Tea” and frankly, I was unimpressed and disgusted. No matter how much sugar and milk I added, I didn’t like it! Then, I discovered peppermint tea and fell in love! So if I loved peppermint…what other teas have I not tried that I might love?!
So while you won’t find Orange Pekoe or Earl Grey in my cupboards, you’ll find various herbal mixes, as well as some basic organic Black and Green Tea that I use in combination with other things to make Chai Syrup or Soothing Elixir. Through the last few years I’ve experimented with mixing my own herbal tea mixes, and while I have several favourites that are more complicated, my favourite (for now) will lay in this simple Nettle Rose tea blend suggested by my sister.
Are you ready for the this? It’s a little intense and hard to follow.
Mix together 1 part dried nettle leaves and 1 part rose petals.
Now how basic is that?! Yet the flavour is delightful.
My favourite is to have it with a wee teaspoon of honey and a splash of coconut milk, but I usually don’t have coconut milk on hand due to my laziness in making it, so honey suffices. I purchase both of those herbs at Mountain Rose Herbs online when I run out of the little bit I manage to put aside in season.
While Nettle Rose Tea may seem hefty, remember that Nettles and Roses have medicinal qualities such as iron in Nettles and anything in the Rose family being terrific for woman, especially pregnant, to consume. Not to mention all the trace vitamins and minerals we would take up this whole page trying to cover.
Personally, I don’t use a tea strainer as I find they mostly sink to the bottom of the tea pot, and what doesn’t isn’t offensive. So put the kettle onto boil, and enjoy your cuppa tea!
Nettle Rose Tea
- 1 part dried nettle leaves
- 1 part dried rose petals
- Mix together the dried nettles and rose petals together.
- To brew the tea, take a scant one tablespoon of the mix for every 250 mL of water. I have a 1 litre/1 quart tea pot, so I put 3-4 tablespoon of tea leaves in there.
- Put your tea mix in your tea pot/mug. Fill with boiling water.
- Let sit for a minimum of 2 minutes, up to 24 hours. (Yes, it’s delicious warmed up the next day, and there will be even more nutritional value after a longer steep!)
Enjoy some of our other tea recipes besides Homegrown Flower Tea Mix!