Autumn is an ideal time to dry your leaves and flowers for healthy winter teas. Among the more popular flowers used to make tea are roses, hibiscus, chamomile, jasmine and chrysanthemums.
According to BestDryingRack.com, there are two ways to dry flower plants - either bundle them together or place them inside a paper bag with two dozen half inch holes, and hang them by rubber band upside down for a week or more, keeping an eye on how long it takes for them to crumble.
The tea-making process is very simple - after the flowers are dry, steep them in pre-boiled hot water for a few minutes until the tea is fit to taste.
To store the flowers for use during the dreary winter months, place them in glass jars with tight fitting lids away from the light and at room temperature.
Flower tea has many health benefits. Chrysanthemum tea helps aid digestion, strengthens the lungs and relieves head congestion, reports ViconyTeas.com. Hibiscus tea reduces high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels.
An alternative use for dried flowers is to turn them into aromatic floral decorations by placing them in jars, filling the jar with mineral safflour oil and adding drips of a scented oil or perfume, according to Essortment.com.
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