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.
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!
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!
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If you want to create your own recipe, follow these tips HERE!
Have you ever heard of oolong tea? Or tisane? They’re still relatively new to me too, 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.