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I absolutely LOVE Chai Tea! I think that they are often made too sweet and decided to start making them at home on the stove. I love being able to control how sweet the tea is depending on my mood and the tea is made from herbs right out of my cupboard. Here is the recipe I have found to be best for my personal taste.



Makes about 2 large mugs

2 cups of water

15 cardamom pods

20 cloves

2 small pieces of fresh ginger

2 Tbsp. earl gray tea or black tea

1 cup of milk or cream

Honey to taste – I used 2 Tbsp. for this batch



– Bruise your cardamom pods with a spoon or in a mortar and pestle. I like to put the cloves and pods in together.

– Bring your water to a boil on the stove and add the clove, cardamom and ginger. Turn down heat and let spices simmer for 3-5 min.

– Turn heat to a low setting and add your tea, honey and milk (or cream). You can add bags or put loose tea right in the pot to strain later.

– let the mixture steep for about 5 min.

– Strain into mugs and enjoy!

You can always add more honey later if you like your drink sweet. For a stronger Chai flavor add more cardamom pods to the mixture. When I am feeling a little bit frisky I will add some cinnamon to the mix.


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Rose buds and Rose Hip


It could be said that the rose is the is the Queen of the flower kingdom. The rose has been symbol of romance and beauty for centuries as well as used in perfumes and lotions.

In Sweden the women have made the rose hip a part of their daily diet. Rose hips are fully-ripened orange-red fruits just below the rose. The rose hips develop after all of the petals have fallen but don’t ripen until the cooler months, which gives you something to look forward to along with your fall garden harvest.

All roses have “hips” but there are only a few that are good for eating. The most common in the united states are from the Rosa Rugosa. Rose hips contain more vitamin C than any other known natural source! These little buds have 20 to 40 times more than oranges!!

Rose hip tea can improve your complexion as well as heal you internally.IMG_6201

The photo above has dried rose buds. Rose buds and hips together make a fantastic combination for tea.


1 T. dried rose hips or rose hip powder
1 Cup of water
Honey to taste

Use one tablespoon of dried rose hips for each cup of water. Steep in hot water for 5 minutes with powder or 15 minutes for for whole.