new obsession

last week oats. this week. herbal tea.
i have tried to get on the herbal tea bandwagon for sometime now. chamomile. didn’t do anything for me. tummy mint, nope. nothing. i like the idea of sitting on my couch reading a book drinking hot tea out of my favorite mug. but nothing. i simply did not like any of the teas i had tried.
then i was reading an article about naturally lowering your blood pressure. this is an honest forum. right? no judgement. so both the husband and i have family history of blood pressure. it is terribly bad on my side. thanks genetics! i have yet to be diagnosed with a blood pressure issue BUT seriously. how long until that day comes? i am overweight. i have genetic disposition. reality is reality. so until i get put on medication i am doing everything that i can now, naturally, to put off the inevitable.
we never add salt to dishes. if it calls for it in a recipe, i half it. all of our canned vegetables are of the no-salt variety. we don’t eat frozen meals. steamed veggies only with no sauce. but according to this article there was something else we could be doing. herbal tea.
celestial seasonings, red zinger to be exact. yawn! i was not excited.

the husband, being wonderful and ever so sweet, stopped by the store and grabbed some yesterday. i have to say. super yum! for reals. 1 cup, 2 cup, 3 cup or more = 0 calories. 0 everything that i have to count!
this is how i made it.
1 cup of boiling water.
1 tea bag steeped for 5 mins. or so.
1 tablespoon of honey. (honey we were given from the owners of the cabin up in the mountains. ahhh local honey. simply. the. freakin’. best.)
it is delicious.
the ingredients of the tea:
hibiscus, rosehips, peppermint, west indian lemongrass, orange peel, lemon myrtle, licorice and wild cherry bark. literally the husband walks in the door and proclaims, honey i bought you flowers today. oh he is a funny one.
so try it. tell me what you think.
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i found this recipe on real simple. this will definitely be made in my future. seriously. isn’t this the most pretty tea? hibiscus mocktini anyone?