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Don’t laugh at me, but I have a pretty silly confession to make.
I used to think people who drank loose leaf tea were wannabe crunchies.
Go ahead and laugh, you know you want to…
Seriously though – isn’t that awful?! It’s completely stereotypical and flat out WRONG of me to judge someone because of how they made their tea. Shame on me!
What’s funnier though, is that I’m now one of those wannabe crunchies too!
Yes, you can keep laughing!
Let’s rewind a few months. This past summer, my mom sent me some tea for my birthday. It came in a super-cute box with exotic flavors like youthberry, wild orange blossom and Japanese dragon pearls.
Inside the box was also a adorable red mug (my favorite color), this strange looking stainless steel thingy that perfectly fit inside and a lid! A lid to keep your tea warm! The whole gift was just so cute!
When I opened one of the canisters of tea to smell it, it became clear – this tea was ALL loose leaf. No bags, no strings. And the adorable little stainless steel “thingy” was really a steeper for the tea and the lid was to help it steep.
Oh goodness. Have I now become a wannabe crunchy who drinks loose leaf ?!
Absolutely yes! It took only one cup – one hot mug of perfectly sweetened youthberry tea to become hooked to the medley of delicious flavors that were swirling around inside. From Teavana‘s description:
Delicate white tea gets its youthful blush from red currants, acai berry, hibiscus and rose petals. Candied pineapple and mango pieces mingle with Fuji and golden delicious apples in this sweetly timeless elixir.
Doesn’t that sound so refreshing?
What really made an impression on me was the countless number of flavor combinations you could make by using loose leaf tea. When you use bags, you’re pretty much stuck to whatever the manufacturer thinks you’ll like, but when you go loose leaf, you can make whatever combination you want!
I loved all the teas so much that I contacted Teavana and asked if they’d be willing to share some of their delicious goodness with you guys – and they said yes!
Teavana (the same tea that is served at Starbucks!) has created delicious combinations of tea that perfectly highlight outdoor fun. Although the end of summer is approaching, there’s still plenty of time to brew some fun and enjoy the warm weather. Actually, for those in hotter parts of the world, this is just in time for you to cool off because with just a few ice cubes, these same teas can be easily transformed into iced tea!
One winner will win a prize pack of tea and tea goodies worth over $110, including the following:
- 240z Blue Infusion Pitcher (a bigger version of the reusable steeper, but larger for bigger batches – brilliant!)
- 4 tea tins for storing your tea
- 1lb perfectea rock sugar
- 4oz raspberry limeade
- 4oz blackberry mojito green tea
- 2oz dragonfruit devotion
- 2oz berry kiwi colada
- 2oz pineapple kona pop
- 2oz wild orange blossom
Read more about the teas and the gear here.
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This hit me too: If food can heal the body, why can’t tea? I mean, it’s still food, right? Just in a slightly different form and in some cases, more potent because the nutrients have been concentrated during the dehydration process.
When you’re willing to look beyond the tea bag, check out these amazing tea combinations – all made with real herbs and spices and designed to do your body good!
30+ Nourishing Loose Leaf Tea Recipes
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- Dandelion Tea for Fluid Retention, Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar and Eczema
- Dandelion Tea for Liver Support & Detox
- Elderflower Tea for a Healthy Immune System
- Female Balance Tea
- Ginger Tea for Fighting Cold & Flu
- Ginger Tea for Taming Tummies
- Hibiscus Strawberry Refreshing Iced Tea Cooler
- Hibiscus Tea for Blood Pressure & Cholesterol
- Multivitamin Herbal Tea
- Nettle Cinnamon Tea for Boosting Iron
- Rosemary Tea for Mental Alertness
- Sage Tea for a Sore Throat
- Sleepy Time Herbal Honey Tea
- Turmeric Ginger Tea for Soothing Digestive Distress
- Turmeric Tea for Brain Health
- Vitamin C Tea for a Daily Dose of Vitamins
Have you ever heard of oolong tea? Or tisane? They’re still relatively new to me too, which is why I found this write up on black, green, white, oolong, tisane tea to be VERY helpful. And just in case you’re not really sold on the whole loose leaf tea thing just yet, get an amazing DIY tutorial for making your own tea bag – out of a SLEEVE – right here.
Are you a tea drinker? Do you prefer loose leaf? Or bags?
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