The holidays have come and gone. After all the frenzy of shopping, cooking, entertaining, wrapping, giving, hugging, and chaos, is over.  Time to slow down.  Time to enjoy the peace and quiet of a January winter…

How about a lovely Winter Tea, expressing the beauty of simple white.

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And nothing starts any tea better than champagne. This is a great way to greet guests at the door and enjoy a little something while everyone arrives.





Something to try: fancy butter pats. Simply put softened butter into a disposable piping bag and just pipe away piling the butter up.









Everyone likes party favors no matter what their age. How about a little bag filled with two tea bags and two cookies. This way they can share a cup of tea with another friend.


Passing around plates of sandwiches, pouring tea, and enjoying great conversation is what a tea party is all about!
































Here are some great winter teas you can make at home that won’t break your budget.


Apple Pie Tea
If you love apple pie then you’ll love this one.  Slice a quarter of an apple in small pieces. Place these in a tea filter with a cinnamon stick with two pinches each of ground cloves and nutmeg. (Add more if desired.) Let steep for 10-15 minutes then enjoy!


Cinnamon and Clove Tea
This is a tea that can truly tastes like a wintertime tea. In your tea filter place a cinnamon stick and three or four whole cloves. Let steep 10-15 minutes. The longer you steep this the stronger it will be.


Orange and Clove Tea
Take two or three segments of an orange, cut them in half and place in your tea filter. Add one or two cloves and let steep 10-15 minutes.


Winter Rooibos
Take a teaspoon of rooibos tea leaves and place them in your tea filter. Add in about one teaspoon of finely chopped apple then add 1/8 teaspoon each of: cinnamon and ginger. Let steep 10-15 minutes.


Winterized Black Tea
Put one teaspoon of loose black tea and place in a tea filter (you can use black tea in tea bags – just open the bag and use the leaf matter). Add into the filter two cloves and a small cinnamon stick. Let steep 10-15 minutes then add some fresh squeezed lemon to taste.


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Most of us are used to tea that comes in bags, or possibly just loose, there in that little container, ready to use.  However tea has been made for thousands of years and long before it became so ‘convenient’ to use.  And the possibilities of different herbs and TREES is incredible. 


Native North Americans used pine needle tea for centuries, especially in the north. Beneficial all year round, it was prized most during the winter to prevent illness and provide nourishment. When white settlers came to the continent they often suffered from scurvy—a disease resulting from vitamin C deficiency—until the natives introduced them to pine needle tea. Pine needles (and many other parts of the Pine tree) contain several times more vitamin C than fresh orange juice, and can easily meet your daily need of it. Other health benefits of pine needle tea are reputed to include:

  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin A
  • Relief for symptoms of colds
  • Relief from infections
  • Decongestant
  • Use as an antiseptic when chilled
  • Improvement for fatigue
  • Mental clarity
  • Aromatherapy


Pine Tea
Conifers provide year round goodness that includes 136mg of vitamin C per one cup of pine needles. Pine needles also contain vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, and sodium. Check this out, pine needles also contain polyprenols, physterols and carotenoids and this makes pine tea a potent antioxidant health brew. Both the eastern and western white pine is so nutrient-rich it truly is a hard act to follow in the winter months for nutrients.


How to Make Pine Needle Tea



Approximately 1 cup of water 

A bunch of fresh pine needles from a green white pine (Pinus strobus) (Most pine trees are safe to make pine needle tea. 

Some varieties of them are poisonous though, like Yew (Taxus), Norfolk Island Pine (Araucana heterophylla) and Ponderosa Pine (Pinus ponderosa). So check the variety carefully before picking up any needles.)




Gather pine needles and wash them well




Pour in boiling water



Feel free to add more flavor, lemon juice or honey




Filter out the pine needles and drink up






                                                                     © Michelle Young 2012