111 Days of Herbal Tea - Day 34, Peach Blossom
Dear Gentle Reader,
I saved this one for a special occasion. It’s not every day that I will go out of my way to collect peach blossoms for flower arrangements. Or that I will spend three hours in the kitchen garnishing peach roses. Or crafting peach bunnies. With a touch of peach butterflies for each tea cup. I only show this much dedication in a single day on rare occasions — like this year’s mother’s day.
It is easy to surprise my mom — and to scare her, too — but, I like to outdo myself each year with the tenderness. It swells her heart with joy and I feel as if I have given back just a tiny bit of the love she gives me. The final act for this year’s surprise was a tea ball of peach flowers.
Have you ever seen one unfold? It’s spellbinding to place the plain brown ball in a glass teapot, pour simmering water over it…and wait. One delicate leaf at a time, the tea ball reveals one large peach flower after another. I’ll even pretend not to notice my mom cheating at Rummikub for the ten minutes it takes the ornament to fully blossom.
Love is in the details. Don’t you think, darling? The details of this experience also include some neat benefits of peach blossom tea:
- Increase vitality
- Lower blood pressure
- Prevent heart strokes
- Strengthen teeth
- Protect bone density
- Prevent oral infections
- Support the immune system
- Boost skin health
- Improve metabolism (1)
You may steal my peach flower tea recipe to steal other people’s hearts:
2 teaspoons of dried peach flowers
1 inch piece of fresh ginger
1 teaspoon of fresh orange juice
1 teaspoon of honey
1 cup of water
- Bring water to a simmer
- Remove kettle from heat
- Steep the peach flowers and ginger for 10 minutes
- Strain, then stir in the honey and orange juice
- Serve warm or chilled
To tiny actions that express big love,
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- Zak, V. (1999). 20,000 Secrets of Tea: The Most Effective Ways to Benefit from Nature’s Healing Herbs (13425th ed.). Dell.