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Everyone has heard of sun tea, but what exactly is moon tea?
Moon tea, also called a lunar infusion, is tea that is cold-brewed in the moonlight. It is the opposite of sun tea, which is brewed outside in the sunlight. Regular drinkers of moon tea claim that tea brewed in the moonlight stimulates your intuition, enhances dreaming, and deepens your feminine energy. (Men, you can benefit from this too, as it will make you more receptive to new insights and creative inspiration.)
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How Is Moon Tea Different From Sun Tea?
Tea that is brewed in the moonlight is lighter, cooler, smoother, and more refreshing than tea that is brewed outdoors in the sunlight. Moon tea is also less likely to become bitter than tea brewed in the sun. One of the main reasons for this is that moon tea is brewed using the cold brew method. (You can learn more about cold brew tea here.) The premise behind cold brewing is this: you brew your tea using purified cool or cold water instead of hot water. Although the water is cool when you start brewing sun tea with cool water, the sunlight quickly heats it up.
What Is The Best Kind Of Tea To Use For Moon Tea?
Although you can use any type of tea leaves to make moon tea, the most popular are herbal blends that soothe the body, quiet the mind, and nourish the spirit. Of course, you can use traditional tea leaves as well. The caffeine content will be lower than when brewed in hot water, and the flavor is sweet and delicate. Popular choices include Jasmine Green tea, Dragonwell, White Peony, and Ti Quan Yin oolong.
Best Loose Leaf Teas for making moon tea include:
- Daily Calm is a soothing herbal blend that relaxes the body and mind
- Lush Lavender is a gorgeous indigo color; it calms the nerves and soothes digestion
- Joyful Garden is sweet, fruity, and increases feelings of wellbeing and joy
- Inflammation Relief is a smooth herbal tea that reduces inflammation and stress
- I Heart Pomegranates is a juicy sweet tea that nourishes the heart and brain
- Moroccan Rose Mint is a refreshingly smooth green tea blend that's great for your skin and digestion
Moon Tea Recipe Ideas
Make your own tea by combining your favorite herbs with flowers and dried fruits. If you grow a garden, you can use fresh herbs like basil, mint, lavender, sage, rosemary, chamomile, and roses. Just make sure to give them a quick rinse first, tp remove any dust or little garden buggies who also love your herbs. Pat dry, and roughly chop, and they're ready to use.
Here are a few moon tea recipe ideas that you can use to get started, or you can invent your own.
- Intuition blend: 1 teaspoon each mugwort, lavender, spearmint, damiana, rosemary, dried blueberries, dried apple pieces
- Open Heart blend: 1 teaspoon each rose petals, hawthorn leaf, hibiscus, linden, dried pomegranate seeds, dried raspberries
- Calm Spirit blend: 1 teaspoon each chamomile, lemon balm, lemon verbena, lavender, dried strawberries
Add a pinch of dried flowers to add a touch of magic to your tea. Roses open the heart to love. Jasmine flowers stimulate intuitive dreams. Lavender and chamomile relax the body and mind. Calendula petals are deeply healing. Safflower ignites the inner fire. Feel free to add your favorite fresh or dried fruits for sweetness and a boost of vitamin C and antioxidants.
How Do You Make Moon Tea?
After the sun goes down and the full moon is on the horizon, gently rinse 2 to 3 teaspoons of your favorite tea leaves in a strainer. Place the tea leaves in a pint glass mason jar or glass teapot with a lid. Fill the jar with cool purified water, and cover with the lid. ⠀
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Walk outside and place the jar on the earth where it will be undisturbed by passersby or pets. You will leave the tea to brew overnight in the moonlight, where it will absorb the mystery and energy of the full moon. If you live in the city, place it on your balcony or patio. If it’s freezing outside, place the jar (or glass teapot) in the windowsill.
As soon as you wake in the morning, go outside and get your tea. Strain the tea leaves, and pour the tea into your favorite glass or mug. You can warm it up first, or enjoy it as it is: cool, light, and refreshing.
Try it and let us know what you think!
Check out the video to see how to make a Full Moon tea
(Note that we're using hot water in this video, which you are welcome to use. After doing both hot and cold methods, my personal preference is with cold water, but either way works.)