This tea is called blooming teas. They start as small hand tied balls of tea leaves. When you start to pour steaming water into the pot, the ball of tea leaves slowly bloom into beautiful flowers. You can actually drink the tea while others prefer not to and just want to enjoy this wonderful piece of art.

Here are links to help you get acquainted with these lovely works of art:

Dragons Fire Tea

a Spicy warming tea, to fuel your inner dragon fire. 

Materials Needed:

  • 7 whole Cloves
  • 2 orange slices
  • 2 cinnamon sticks broken
  • Fresh grated Ginger
  • 4 tsp brown sugar or Honey

Boil water and steep for 10 minutes the  strain. i usually make this in a large mason jar. you can decrease the ingredients if your using a smaller cup or mug  

-By HoneyCoyote-

Spiced Winter Tea

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups water
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 5 tea bags of green, black, or ginger tea
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • Honey to taste

Process:

Bring first 3 ingredients to boil in heavy large saucepan over high heat. Remove from heat. Add tea bags. Cover and let steep 10 minutes. Discard tea bags. Add orange and lemon juices to tea mixture. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Re-warm before continuing.) Using slotted spoon, remove whole spices. Serve hot.

Makes 6 servings.

Witch Teas

Its 430pm and do you know what that means… Its teatime, Witchy Tea Time. 

I just realized that I haven’t made any posts about tea and witchcraft yet.  Making tea has become a large part of my personal practice; I drink a lot of it. My moms whole side of the family is from Great Britain and we’re HUGE tea drinkers, I basically grew up on it. By the time I was in second grade I would have a cup of tea in the morning with breakfast and then have one as soon as I came home from school… and maybe another cup after dinner. Now the act of drinking tea has evolved into something much more sacred for me, a daily ritual.

Brewing and creating teas are a simple and enjoyable way to include magic into your daily life and activities. By combining herbs with specific correspondences, energies, magical properties or holistic benefits, you can create teas that are able to aid or enhance your work as whole.

Brewing hot tea is a blend of invocation and harmony of the elements.

Earth, represented by the botanicals you are brewing.

Water, the medium in which that plants are infuse into.

Fire, heats the water so that the fusion may occur.

Air, the steam, smell and taste rising from the brew.

Most of the teas that I prepare and drink today aren’t actually considered to be true “tea”. I mostly make herbal infusions, brews or “herbal teas” which are made from various herbs, roots, flowers and such. By creating my own blends it’s easy to find ways to make them apply to practices, also I have found that blends created by the drinker are much more magically potent than store bought blends. This is because your thoughts, intentions and energies are being mixed into the tea as you prepare it. I include tea in many of my rituals, spells, offerings, before or after mediation practices, etc., etc. 

(Some of my witchy tea recipes)

There is really so much potential when it comes to using tea for witchcraft purposes, choosing teas or herbs is a very important element when making brews. Always look and see what you have available and consider your options. Are you being drawn to an uplifting citrus blend, a soothing floral blend perhaps, or maybe even a spicy warm blend? Take note of these things, your choice of herbs can reflect what you may be currently needing at the time. It could be important for the future, especially if you like the results. I always set an intention for my tea, even if it’s something simple, such as to put me in a better mood. I then focus on this intention as a brew and prepare the tea. 

If you love tea and haven’t tried working with it before in your practices I highly recommend that you try it at least once.  

Some ideas are

  • Lavender, chamomile tea for stress relief. 
  • Rose tea for incensed love.
  • Ginger root, honey and cinnamon tea to keep positive and warm on cold shitty days. 
  • Sage, and rosemary for cleansing.
  • Or a white tea with jasmine and roses for a calming meditation blend
  • Then there’s Dream tea or teas for psychic enhancement, or for divination, healing teas… the possibilities are endless
  • Add honey, milk or sugar for sweetness and prosperity  
  • You could even add water and heat safe crystals to your teas for extra power (list of not safe crystals) or place your teapot within a crystal grid. 

When it comes to making my teas for rituals and magic I have a specific teapot that I use. (Its the one in the photo) she’s a tiny dark blue cast iron. (I really need a name for her) I choose to use a cast iron pot for a few reasons, one is super durability, two retains heat well, and three is because I have read that iron is the heart of the earth and universe itself, it is above, and below. Thus making it useful and universal when it comes to magical work. Speaking of teapots you can charge them with crystals or a specific purpose to help aid even further. 

This concludes my mini post on witchcraft tea, I hope you enjoyed it feedback is welcomed

-HoneyCoyote- 

Lavender Tea

Ingredients:

  • 3 Tablespoons fresh Lavender flowers or 1 1/2 Tablespoons dried Lavender flower
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • honey and lemon if desired
Directions:
  • To make Lavender tea put the flowers in a teapot or container along with the boiling water allowing them to steep a good 4 to 5 minutes. 
  • Pour into cups straining if necessary to remove the flower buds. Serve Lavender flower tea with honey and sliced lemon.
A Guide to Common Herbal Teas

Anise
- Botanical name: Pimpinella anisum
- Plant description: grows to 2 ft. Gray/brown feather-like leaves. Yellow/white flowers.
- Tea description: Sweet, spicy, licorice flavor from leaves. Good for coughs. Seeds in milk as sleeping aid.

Balm or Lemon Balm
- Botanical name: Melissa officinalis
- Plant description: grows to 4 ft. Heart-shaped, yellowish green leaves 1-3 inches long. Bluish white or yellow flowers.
- Tea description: Lemon-citrus flavor. Excellent mixed with other teas. Helps to reduce fevers.

Bee Balm/Bergamot/Oswego Tea
- Botanical name: Monarda didyma
- Plant description: grows to 30 inches. Dark green leaves 4-6 inches long. Fuzzy red flowers.
- Tea description: Aromatic, minty taste.

Borage
- Botanical name: Borago officialis
- Plant description: grows to 2 ft. Leaves with white hairs. Blue star-shaped flowers.
- Tea description: Mild cucumber flavor. Once used as complexion aid. Soothes sore throats. 

Catnip
- Botanical name: Nepeta cataria
- Plant description: grows to 2 ft. Jagged, heart-shaped, gray/green leaves on square stems. 
- Tea description: Very strong flavor from flower tops and leaves. Old-fashioned cough remedy.

Chamomile/German Camomile
- Botanical name: Matricaria chamomilla
- Plant description: Feathery green foliage. Daisy-life blossoms.
- Tea description: Mild, apple-like flavor from flower heads, enhanced by drying.

Dill
- Botanical name: Anethum graveolens
- Plant description: grows to 2-3 ft. Light green, feathery branches. Yellow flower clusters.
- Tea description: Pungent, anise-flavored tea from seeds (boiled).

Fennel
- Botanical name: Foeniculum vulgare
- Plant description: grows to 5 ft. Heavy flower heads, droop unless supported.
- Tea description: Licorice-like flavor from leaves or seeds. 

Goldenrod/Blue Mountain Tea
- Botanical name: Solidago odora
- Plant description: grows to 3 ft. Leaves covered with small dots. Showy clusters of yellow flowers.
- Tea description: Anise flavor from leaves and flowers.

Horehound
- Botanical name: Marrubium vulgare
- Plant description: grows to 2 ft. Wrinkled, hair-covered leaves. Whitish flowers.
- Tea description: Musky flavor from leaves and flower tops. Soothes sore throats.

Hyssop
- Botanical name: Hyssopus officinalis
- Plant description: grows to 3 ft. Blue, pink, or white flowers.
- Tea description: Strong flavor. Sometimes combined with cranberry juice.

Lavender
- Botanical name: Lavandula officinalis
- Plant description: grows to 3 ft. Narrow gray-green leaves 2 inches long.
- Tea description: Delicate, fragrant flavor from flowers and leaves.

Marjoram
- Botanical name: Origanum majorana; Origanum vulgare
- Plant description: grows to 1 ft. White or pink flowers.
- Tea description: Sweet, spicy taste.

Mint/Peppermint/Spearmint
- Botanical name: Mentha viridis; Mentha piperita; Mentha spicata
- Plant description: grows to 1 to 2 ft. White to purple flowers.
- Tea description: Distinctive, clear, fresh flavors. Combine will with other herbs. Digestive aid. 

Nasturtium
- Botanical name: Tropaeolum majus
- Plant description: grows to 12 ft. Saucerlike leaves. Red, orange, or yellow flowers.
- Tea description: Spicy, delicate taste from flowers, seeds, and leaves.

Rose Hips
- Botanical name: Rosa rugosa
- Plant description: grows to 15 ft. Hips red, green, and orange.
- Tea description: Fruity, spicy taste. High in vitamin C.

Rosemary
- Botanical name: Rosemarinus officinalis
- Plant description: grows to 4 ft. Evergreen bush. Glossy green leaves. Tiny, light blue flowers.
- Tea description: Spicy flavor from leaves and flowers.

Rose Petals
- Botanical name: Rosa species
- Plant description: wide range of colors and fragrances
- Tea description: exotic fragrances. Good blended with other teas.

Sage
- Botanical name: Salvia officinalis
- Plant description: grows to 2 ft. Hairy leaves. Blue, purple, or white flowers.
- Tea description: Very oromatic. Soothes sore throats.

Sassafras
- Botanical name: Sassafras albidum
- Plant description: Tree (more shrublike northward). Some leaves mitten-shaped. Pale yellow flowers. Blue fruit.
- Tea description: Flavorful tonic from root bark.

Spicebush
- Botanical name: Lindera benzoin
- Plant description: grows to 12 ft. Yellow flowers. Red berries.
- Tea description: Fragrant, spicy tea from leaves, twigs, and bark.

Strawberry
- Botanical name: Fragaria species
- Plant description: Short, hardy plants. White blossoms. Red fruit.
- Tea description: Fragrant tea from leaves and mashed fruits.

Tansy/Bachelor’s Buttons/Bitter Buttons/Stinking Willie
- Botanical name: Tanacetum vulgare
- Plant description: grows to 2-3 ft. Dark green fern-like foliage. Small yellow disk flowers.
- Tea description: Very strong, slightly bitter taste.

Thyme
- Botanical name: Thymus vulgaris
- Plant description: grows to 10 inches. Gray green leaves. Lavender flowers
- Tea description: Strong, zesty flavor.

Wintergreen/Teaberry/Checkerberry
- Botanical name: Gaultheria procumbens
- Plant description: grows to 4 inches. Tiny pink or white flowers. Red Berries
- Tea description: Clean, clear-tasting tea from leaves and berries. Combines well with other herbs.

Woodruff
- Botanical name: Asperula odorata
- Plant description: grows to 8 inches. Shiny yellow/green leaves in groups of 6-8 around stem.
- Tea description: Sweet vanilla flavor from dried leaves.

Read more: http://www.motherearthnews.com/real-food/herbal-teas-zmaz81mjzraw.aspx#ixzz396EpjMJ8

"Wholesome, Hearty Herbal Teas." Mother Earth News.

Upset Stomach Tea

Material Needed

  • A cinnamon stick or a teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • Add about one tablespoon fresh grated ginger
  • Boiling water
  • Optional - a favorite teabag or loose tea, extras to taste (Honey, or a slice of lemon)
  1. Add boiling water.
  2. Let your ginger and cinnamon and steep for 8 to 10 minutes, and then, if you’re using a cinnamon stick, remove the pieces before you drink.
  3. Optional - honey, if you wish (a teaspoon of honey is a healthy, delicious addition to  tea). 

-By HoneyCoyote-