Nomadic tribes on the windswept Himalayan plateau relied on tea and other local herbs for warmth and strength throughout the winter season. To keep their families healthy, they relied on the wisdom of traditional herbalists who knew which plants to use for which season, condition and ailment. This recipe for Green Tea Elixir combines two nutritive superfoods from the Himalayan region with your own local honey and fresh lemon juice to make a warming and strengthening tonic that will get you through the rest of the winter season.
Firepot’s Himalayan Mountain Green is an organic tea grown in rich soils of the Himalayan foothills in eastern Nepal’s Dhankuta region, known for producing flavorful teas. The goji berry, or Chinese wolfberry (Gou qi zi, or 枸杞子), has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for over 2000 years. Traditionally used to nourish the liver, kidneys and lungs, specifically for anti-aging, eyesight and general wellbeing, modern scientific research conducted by the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine has recently shown that people who consume Goji berries report experience "increased levels of energy, athletic performance, quality of sleep, focus, mental acuity, calmness, contentment, general well-being and reduced levels of fatigue and stress."
This recipe makes 2 cups of tea and prep time is about 10 minutes.
You will need:
1-1/4 cups water
3/5 cup apple cider
1 teaspoon goji berries (optional)
4 teaspoons Himalayan Mountain Green tea
3 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
3 teaspoons local honey
Bring the water, apple cider and goji berries to a boil
Remove from heat and let sit for 3 minutes
Bring pot to medium heat and add green tea, lemon juice, and honey.
Stir well and steep for 4 minutes.
Strain into 2 cups
Serve with a few goji berries and a slice of lemon in each cup.