It’s the end of another week, and whether your week sailed along smoothly or felt like one unending headache, I think you deserve a cup of tea for making it though! And I mean a *real* cup of tea–not some sad tea dust in a tiny flat bag. I’m talking gorgeous, fragrant loose leaf tea that looks like it was carefully gathered by a woodland fairy.
What makes loose leaf tea so wonderful is that it those large pieces of flora better retain their essential oils (=flavor, aroma, and antioxidants) than the tea dust found in most conventional teas. A little goes a long way, and the tea experience is simply divine. Finally, when loose leaf tea is placed in a little ball or a built-in strainer in a teapot, the leaves are allowed to open, resulting in a richer, more complex taste.
Are you ready to sip your way into the weekend?
Here are 5 Loose Leafs Teas on my Tea Wish List!
But first, here is a perfect glass and stainless steel teapot to get you started from Palais de Thes. That’s French for “Palace of Teas!
If you need your tea to go or just want to make a single cup, try one of these lil’ doo-dads.
This tea creates a stunning blue hue thanks to butterfly pea, which is packed with antioxidants and has some serious anti-glycation benefits. The tea also features cinnamon, gymnema (which helps cut sugar cravings!), and blueberry leaf. Together, these botanicals help balance blood sugar, fight free radical damage, and lift your spirits.
This darling tea comes in a beautiful reusable tin. The large chunks of hibiscus promise to transport you to a tropical garden. This bright flower is a source of vitamin C, antioxidants, and minerals–and may even help relieve bouts of anxiety.
Lemongrass, rose petals, lemon verbena, chamomile, mint, lavender, and sage. All organic. Truly amazing. This tea is lightly sweet and naturally crisp and will probably make you feel like a princess on sip at a time.
Designed to increase the flow of blood to the brain, this hand-made, calming tea includes Gotu Kola, which is believed to strengthen the nervous system. Other ingredients include lemon balm, oat straw, spearmint, wild hypercum flowers( wild hawthorn flowers, skullcap, rhodiola root, and rosemary.
Do you need a little bit of caffeine? Do you need a taste of Marie Antoinette’s favorite blend? With apples coming directly from King’s Kitchen Garden, Versailles plus black Ceylon tea and rose, this tea is at once delicate and strong and is certainly anything but ordinary.
Are you a tea fanatic? What are your favorite loose leaf teas?
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