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WHAT TO DO WITH THIS INFORMATION?

Tea is not just a refreshing drink. For thousands of years it has been used as a remedy for all sorts of ailments. To get the very best out of your tea you should know the basics of various tea varieties. However it doesn’t end there as you can enrich and add new qualities to your tea by the use of herbs, flowers or other edible organic products.

One aspect of holistic health is the basic body nature, which is different from person to person. We react differently when for example the same food is given to a group of people. This tea series presents astrology as a reference to your choice of enriching your tea experience with natural additives. The base for several suggestions here comes from the long astrology tradition and should be considered as suggestions not medical information but I believe many of you will find suggested herbs very suitable to your palate when mixed with your favorite tea.

HERBS

Aquarius is strangely positioned in the world of herbs as they are well matched with plants that have sharp and unusual flavours. It is very difficult to point out anything that could pass as a drink. Peppers might be used to bring in the element of fire into very strong teas – the ones with smoky or earth taste.

TREES AND FLOWERS

Trees bring some more options for Aquariuses because their trees include all trees that bear fruits. We all know that many fruits are used to give some extra flavour for teas, especially at the lower price range of the market. Also all-fruit infusions are very popular nowadays and Aquarius can well benefit from those. One of the most interesting options is Elderberry, which is poisonous unless seeds are not removed from the berries.

OTHER STAR SIGNS

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Libra

Virgo

Gemini

WHAT TO DO WITH THIS INFORMATION?

Tea is not just a refreshing drink. For thousands of years it has been used as a remedy for all sorts of ailments. To get the very best out of your tea you should know the basics of various tea varieties. However it doesn’t end there as you can enrich and add new qualities to your tea by the use of herbs, flowers or other edible organic products.

One aspect of holistic health is the basic body nature, which is different from person to person. We react differently when for example the same food is given to a group of people. This tea series presents astrology as a reference to your choice of enriching your tea experience with natural additives. The base for several suggestions here comes from the long astrology tradition and should be considered as suggestions not medical information but I believe many of you will find suggested herbs very suitable to your palate when mixed with your favorite tea.

HERBS

Cancer with its imaginary claws.

Cow parsley and Bishop’s weed are two common herbs, which are associated with Cancer sign. Both happen to have white flowers and white is also the color of Cancer. While Cow parsley and Bishop’s weed are edible and quite healthy they don’t produce a nice cup of tea. However white rose is something that does make good tea.

TREES AND FLOWERS

White rose’s petals do not have as strong taste as red rose’s petals so it blends the best with light teas and in a big portion. Naturally all white rose infusion can be made too.

Sapped trees belong under Cancer and gives great options for sweetening drinks. Maple syrup can be used to sweeten iced tea drinks and birch tree, which also is a tree with sap has leaves, which have a delicate fragrant taste and can be made into an infusion on their own or mixed with some Oolong tea.

OTHER STAR SIGNS

Remember to check our other astrology related tea and infusion articles:

Libra

Virgo

Gemini

This is my way of steeping a nice pot of bilberry powder based drink. To maximize the taste I use powder which is made of berries without any stems or leaves. After trying this drink for the first time one can naturally tune proportions according ones taste.

THIS IS HOW I DO IT

One tablespoonful of berry powder for one liter of water is a good starting point for a person who hasn’t done this before to give a basis for future infusions. We all have our taste preferences and I will not mind if you find it necessary to add some brown sugar into the mix.

Pour the boiled water on the powder and let it steep for a while. It is simple as that and you’ll learn more with every single infusion. For health enthusiast the temperature of the water is of importance as boiling hot water will destroy some nutrients in the bilberry powder. The best result can be achieved with cold brewing and using the infusion as a refreshing summer drink. But how about that  basic infusion?

You can make bilberry infusion by placing some bilberry powder into a cup and pouring hot water on or you can steep a whole pot.

THE RESULT

From the photo you can see the depth of the color. I tried to take a shot of a cup filled to the brim but it just didn’t work. Tone is so deep and dark that in a photo infusion looks like a pudding. So here you have a photo with nearly finished cup and another on side with just bilberry powder on the bottom.

NOTE

NO YIXING POTS WERE HARMED (USED) WHILE STEEPING THIS INFUSION AS MATERIAL FOR A BLOG POST.

THE GOOD OLD TEA MAKER I have been using my own tea maker for years now. It must be one of the most productive items in our house and has earned its value many times over. The funny thing is that is not especially flashy or trendy and the whole process of buying was so everyday and ordinary that I can’t even remember its name. Nevertheless, this tea maker without a brand name has been working just beautifully. Now, I wonder if it’s true what they say about the positive effect of green tea on one’s memory… Good luck finding it!

OF PLASTIC AND GLASS As you can see from the photoes, this tea maker is made of plastic and glass, which is a good combination for a tea maker as it becomes very light. Now, light objects are easy to handle plus you don’t need to worry about pre-heating the equipment as it doesn’t tap too much of the water heat just load it up and pour in the hot water and you are good to go. On the negative side is that the pot itself can’t reserve much heat and tea will cool much faster than in a traditional tea maker or tea pot.

HOW IT HANDLES IN CORNERS? The use of this tea maker couldn’t be easier or it could, but that would require a servant or an au pair. You load it up with your favourite tea leaves and pour some boiling hot water over them. Give it a minute or two and then it is ready to be generously offered for tea starving friends. Better not fill it to the brim because pouring out might be slightly too wet (what I mean is that the nook and the lid could have been designed a tad better). But it is good for about half a liter of ready tea, which is well enough for couple or for chain drinker. RELATIVELY EASY TO CLEAN The design is modular as the glass pot can be detached from the plastic frame making the tea maker a relatively easy to clean. However plastic as a material has some drawbacks what comes to ease of maintenance. From the pure durability point of view I still might go for the traditional alternative. But never mind the functionality, just look at the photoes and you’ll see that it is streamlined easy to lay your eye on it. INFUSER CUP IS EASY TO STAIN THOUGH The plastic infuser cup for tea leaves can hold enough tea leaves for making strong enough flavour, but the lightness comes with a down side. Plastic is easy to gain stains that are difficult to remove, furthermore preparing tea from two different varieties can leave a distinct side taste to the latter if the cup is not washed well between the uses. The design of the cup also comes with the old problem of keeping all the infuser holes open for faster infusion. This one is difficult to solve, so I’ll let it slide. Hey, now that you are reading, do you happen to know a good tea maker, just let me know down in the comments and I’ll check it out.

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