Sun Tea <3 What Is It, What To Put In It & Is It "Safe"?

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June 26, 2013 by Living Girl Living Foods

Sun tea is a way to make tea with out having to deal with the heat in your kitchen, using a stove top and instead enjoy the beautiful heat created by the sun.

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We can make sun teas by adding a few bags of tea, 2-4 bags depending on how much water you put into your jar. I personally use a large glass jar, since depending on how hot the temperature is outside if one uses plastic the container will melt. Also, I like to add slices of oranges and or lemons to my sun teas to add sweetness the citrus from these will “melt” the plastic also.

You can use your favorite loose or bagged tea, may be even make a concoction of your own :D! Black Tea, Green Tea, Chamomile, any herbal teas, Rooibos, Earl Grey, or may be no tea at all depending on your preference.

I like to let my sun tea bathe outside for 8 hours (with a lid on top to prevent unwanted bacteria or bugs) and refrigerate it over night. I leave the tea bag in for 8 hours, but once it goes in the fridge I like to take it out so the tea does not become bitter.

Some yummy additions to sun teas:

Figs

Oranges (rind on if organic)

Lemons (rind on if organic)

Anise Star

Cinnamon

A dash of cacao

Mint (lemon mint, chocolate mint etc)

Basil

Lavender

Nutmeg

Ginger

Turmeric

Burdock Root

Berries

Vanilla

Oh so many options! Have fun with it 🙂

Some of the big arguments out there is sun tea is not safe for consumption since the water is not boiled. This is why it is super important to use spring water, not tap water. Heat and tap water is not ideal, it will cause the metals to grow not die.

Research that has been related to sun dried tea shows that it does not give you the same benefits as brewing tea at high temperatures because it does not create the acid needed to release polyphenols. I personally consume enough herbs that this is not a large concern for me plus I would prefer my tea, food and life to not be acidic 😉

Sun tea is something fun to get your family involved in, picking herbs and favorite spices together. The appearance is beautiful and it can be fun to eat the little bits of remaining fruit 😀 If it’s hard to consume enough water, major concern for most during the summer, making a sun tea might be a yummy way of getting more water in your system.

Thank you for stopping by and taking the time out of your summer day. Much love ❤ and raw power 😉

Jess

 

 

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