It is time you cold brewed your tea blends!

This is the season of Sun teas and iced teas. I love blending teas and finding what works and what does not. I also like to head outside into the garden and just grab a few herbs and make a tea with what called to me. Here are a few herbal iced teas that are so delicious. There are a lot of benefits to cold brewed teas. Here are a few taken from TheArtofTea.com. By cold brewing your herbs you retain all the antioxidant properties without the additional tannins you get from hot tea.

TASTE

When you brew iced tea using the traditional hot-to-cold method, the heat changes the chemical structure of the leaves allowing tannins to infuse the tea, which can result in a bitter or astringent taste.

Cold-brew tea is a lot smoother because the flavor is slowly extracted over several hours. People that try cold brew tea say that it brings out flavors that they had never tasted before when they brewed it with hot water. In addition to a smoother flavor, fewer tannins may also help you absorb more iron from food.

REDUCED CAFFEINE

If you are trying to reduce your caffeine intake, the cold brew method is for you! Cold-brew tea contains much less caffeine than hot tea while maintaining higher amounts of vitamin C.

SUGAR-FREE

If you are trying to avoid sugar and calories, cold brew tea is a better option. The cold brew method produces a sweeter flavor, so it doesn’t require the addition of sweeteners.

KEEPS YOU HYDRATED

Cold-brew tea is a great way to keep hydrated, especially on hot summer days. You can actually drink it as a replacement for cold water without having to worry about negative effects.

HEALTH BENEFITS

There have been many reports on the health benefits of tea, and cold brew tea is no exception. While we can’t make any claims, the data shows that Vitamin C is more active in cold brew tea and may help boost your immune system. It also contains Vitamin D which is good for strengthening bones, and vitamin B complex may help increase your metabolism. And, its antioxidants help protect you from the damage of pollution.

Some of the most significant findings on the health benefits of tea are its effect on heart disease and stroke. The New York Times reported on a study published in the European Journal of Epidemiology that stated that those who drink at least three cups of tea a day have a 21% lower risk of stroke than those who only consumed one cup of tea per day. And a more recent study conducted by the same group found that drinking an additional three cups of tea per day was associated with reducing coronary heart disease by 27%.

Herbal tea such as chamomile has been said to help soothe the digestive system for those with irritable bowel syndrome, while green tea may reduce the risk of some cancers. Drinking organic tea removes the potentially harmful effects of chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

Now there is a list of how long herbal teas need to be steeped. Here is a simple list and how long they need to be cold brewed in the refrigerator.

  • Black tea – 8 to 12 hours
  • Green tea  – 6 to 8 hours
  • White tea – 6 to 8 hours
  • Oolong tea – 8 to 10 hours
  • Pu-erh tea – 10 to 12 hours
  • Herbal tea – 12 to 14 hours

Right now I have a cold brew set including the cold brew carafe system and your choice of one of my herbal tea blends that come in a cute cauldron container! GET YOURS HERE while supplies last!