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My herbal tea concoction - great for winter.

Refer to photo below, from top clockwise: dried flowers, dried lemongrass, fresh mint, dried guava leaves, cloves, dried lemon myrtle leaves. I vary the amount of each depending on my mood. Occasionally I add a slice of lemon and 1/2 tsp of honey.

I discovered recently that guava leaves are widely used in Taiwan for making tea, it's supposed to have medicinal effect but I just like the taste and tea colour. Pick the young leaves - the last 3 or 4 leaves at the tip, dry them under strong sun for about 3 days.

see below for a delicious hand-warming tea with nice colour.

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Almost all herbal teas are wonderful in their own way! Drying under strong sunlight is a new one to me … usually herbs need to be dried slowly at low temperature to preserve the oils which are most of the flavour. 

To be frank, I have no idea how to dehydrate leaves for tea. I just thought drying under the sun is the easiest and cheapest option.

I hadn't heard of guava leaf tea. I might go and raid the neighbourhood pantry this afternoon.

A reason I like using guava leaves as tea is that they are disease and pest free i.e. minimal washing is required. Guava is an evergreen plant so its foliage is almost always available. Guava leaf tea is  supposed to have strong antioxidant properties too.

Thats an interesting read Janet,only recently I Found that you can make a herbal tea from the leaves of an actual coffee tree .I actually have 2 coffee trees and did try it and found it while not an inspirirng taste like perhaps lemon myrtle  has it wasnt unpleasant either.

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