Lemon Blossom Tea

How to grow and make lemon blossom tea

In this article you’ll learn how to make simple and delicious lemon blossom tea — which we highly encourage you to do using your own homegrown organic lemon trees! – Courtesy of Tyrant Farms.

Using all parts of your citrus to the fullest

When you work your tail off to grow your own citrus, you’re also less inclined to waste any part of the resulting produce.

We eat some varieties like kumquats, limequats, and calamondins skin and all. Zero waste.

As we’ve also written about, the zest of other citrus (such as blood oranges, Meyer lemons, and Makrut limes) makes an amazingly delicious addition to countless foods and beverages. Nothing brightens a salad or piece of fish like fresh lemon or orange zest.

But what about citrus flowers? How do you harvest or use them?

Citrus blossoms (like these Meyer lemon blossoms) have lots of culinary applications, even though many people who grow citrus don’t think to use them.

How to harvest and use citrus flowers

It’s important to note that citrus trees produce an enormous number of flowers. In fact, only about 0.1 – 3% of citrus flowers end up developing into mature fruit.

However, when harvesting citrus flowers, if you pull entire flowers off of your citrus plants, you’ll reduce fruit production. What to do?

Is there a way to harvest citrus flowers and still get fruit? Yes!

Here’s how:

Step 1: Monitor your citrus blossom development and know when the blossoms are ready

Citrus flowers progress through various stages of development. They won’t be ready to harvest until after they’ve been open for 1-2 days and have either set or not set.

Photo taken in the Deltona backyard of Anna Sarich

The picture below shows citrus flowers at various stages of maturity.

Here you can see lemon blossoms at various stages of development, including: (right) flowers that have just finished setting fruit and dropped their petals; (center) blossoms that are still dropping their blossoms; (left) newly opened blossoms; (top and bottom left) unopened flowers.

We should also say that there might not be a better smell on earth than citrus trees in bloom — it’s intoxicating!

Step 2: Place towel or old bed sheet under plants and shake trees

When there are flowers on your citrus plant at the stage of development to harvest, place a towel or old bed sheet under the plants.

An old bath towel repurposed for a lemon blossom harvester! This young Meyer lemon tree has flowers far enough along in development to begin harvesting.

Then give each branch a gentle shake or thump, depending on the size of the branch.

Unset flowers or individual petals from flowers that did set fruit will fall onto the towel, making them easy to harvest while keeping them clean.

Unset lemon flowers and pieces of petals and anthers scattered on a harvesting towel.

Step 3: Collect, use, dry and store citrus blossoms

Gather the flowers and petals and bring them indoors. You can use them immediately to make teas, garnishes, added to salads, etc.

You can also dry them on a cookie sheet for about a week before storing them in jars or bags to use throughout the year.

How to make lemon blossom tea

Perhaps our favorite thing to do with fresh lemon blossoms is to make lemon blossom tea. (You can also make it with dried lemon blossoms.)

Lemon blossom tea is wonderfully fragrant, and tastes almost exactly like the flowers smell, but with a slight bitter note.

Here’s how to make the perfect cup of lemon blossom tea:

1. Bring water to near boil.

2. Put 1 heaping tablespoon of fresh lemon blossoms (or 1 level tablespoon of dried lemon blossoms) into container and pour 1 cup heated water over top of blossoms.

3. Allow to steep for 5 minutes. Any longer and the petals/blossoms will begin to impart more bitter flavor than you’ll probably like.

4. Strain into tea cup, sweeten to taste, and enjoy!

Pour through strainer to remove lemon blossoms from tea.

And, yes, this basic recipe works for any type of citrus flower, each of which offers its own unique flavor. Happy sipping!

The Food Ladder

Here’s the ladder of proper nutrition. Always eat food in this order:
Sometimes it’s not what you eat, but the order in which you eat.

The Ladder, according to type of food

• Water and drinks

• Fruit

• Vegetables

• Potatoes, Pulses

• Bakery products

• Milk and milk products

• Eggs

• Nuts

• Fish

• Meat products

• Pastries

In this article I will talk about how the sequence of the swallowed food, is important for proper handling by the stomach.

Gastric juice (acid) is released continuously

It is necessary for the digestion of all foods that we accept. Until you eat, the amount of gastric juice is minimal, which is why his reaction to the body is rather neutral. During sleep the secretion is the most minimalist, as in most cases even be ceased. The secretion of stomachjuice begins the moment that gets food in the oral cavity. Within five minutes, the acid is sufficient to continue to act between 2-4 hours, or as long as is necessary to process all the food that we are swallowеd.

The brain sends impulses what food is to accept and thus understand what stomach enzymes to use. The power supply, the child body “memories” what food how can process. Therefore, when you eat something for the first time should take in self catering to “train” the stomach.

Thanks to the way our stomach works, it applies different enzymes in the acid, which is used to dissolve swallowed food.

Layers (shelves) are formed only if there is a pause between food

If you accept the rice with meat at once, the stomach will then process them together using the same enzymes and thus, can proceed a bad chemical reaction that can lead to heartburn, gas and bloating. That is why it is important how we combine foods.

From the easiest to the most difficult to digest food

The most important rule when eating is to consume first – easy to digest products, and then continue with the most hard for digest foods , which require more time to be processed. Therefore, if we take first difficult for digest food and then we eat the easiest food, problem will occur. For example, if we eat meat, it needs 2-4 hours to fully absorbed. Combining with a fruit for dessert, it’s very possible to start rotting or fermentation because that fruit should wait the meat degradation.

The frequency of mastication

The better chew the food, the faster it will be digested by the gastric juice. This in turn reduces the risk to keep digestion too long. So if you skip to follow the above rule, instead of to process meat 4 hours, will shorten the time of 1-2 hours, depending on your metabolism (the speed with which the food is absorbed by the body).

The amount of water in the food

The quantity of water that a food contains determines the difficulty in digestion. For example, most fruits and vegetables are composed mostly of water. So they are easier to digest by the stomach. More mash foods are much easier for the gastric juice from hard foods such as meat and pastries.

Allergies and food intolerance

These rules do not apply if you have an allergy or intolerance to specific products, because no matter what you do, and they will always lead to unpleasant symptoms such as rashes, vomiting, redness, pain, and other gases.

Of course, always consult a doctor if you are concerned or experiencing pain when eating.

Honey, Who Knew? 🍯

The benefits of honey and the magic mixture of honey and cinnamon is known for hundreds of years for their miraculous healing power.

Many people know about the health benefits of honey but very few know about the health benefits of “honey and cinnamon combined”.

If we look back into the history we can see both these items used by different countries and cultures across the world for different medicinal purposes.

Almost all the ancient cultures are aware about the benefits of honey on skin and benefits of honey on hair.

Also healing benefits of honey and lemon has been recorded in ancient texts and even in many holy books like Bible, Quran.

There are benefits of honey in weight loss, benefits of honey with hot water, beauty benefits of honey, benefits of honey and apple cider vinegar, benefits of honey for diabetics, arthritis etc.

Listed below are some of the well known uses of the combination of honey and cinnamon.

Honey and cinnamon for helping Arthritis

A paste should be made from one part honey and two parts of luke warm water added with a small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. This paste should be massaged on the aching part of the body and the pain should recede within fifteen minutes in most cases.

Honey and Cinnamon for preventing Hair Loss

For hair loss or baldness, apply a paste made out of hot olive oil, one tablespoon of honey, one teaspoon of cinnamon powder. This should be applied before taking a bath and keep it on for approximately 15 minutes. After that simply wash it off with luke warm water.

Honey and Cinnamon is excellent for a Toothache

A paste made of one teaspoon of cinnamon powder and five teaspoons of honey when applied on the aching tooth (may be done 3 times a day) reduces the pain within a matter of 15 minutes.

Honey and Cinnamon can help in Reducing Cholesterol

Take two tablespoons of honey, three teaspoons of cinnamon powder and mix in 16 ounces of tea, when given to a cholesterol patient, reduces the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10% within 2 hours. Pure honey is also sometimes used with food to check cholesterol.

Honey and Cinnamon benefits include helping relieve Colds

For those who are suffering from common or severe colds, should take one tablespoon of luke warm honey with 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder daily for 3 days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold and clear the sinuses.

Honey and Cinnamon aids in Infertility

Various ancient medical streams like Ayurveda and Yunani have been using honey for years in medicine to strengthen the semen of men. Two tablespoons of honey before they go to sleep is what is prescribed by many experienced practitioners. This combination will work wonders for women as well.

In China , Japan and other Asian countries, if the women who do not conceive, and or if their uterus is weak, then they have been prescribed cinnamon powder. Women who cannot conceive may take a pinch of cinnamon powder in half a teaspoon of honey, and apply it on the gums frequently throughout the day, so that it slowly mixes with the saliva and enters the body.

Honey and Cinnamon benefits include helping with an Upset Stomach

Honey taken with cinnamon powder also helps in curing a stomach ache. For people who are suffering from gas problems, honey should be taken with cinnamon powder in equal quantities, relieves gas and pain in the stomach.

Honey and Cinnamon for a better Immune System

The daily intake of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacterial and viral attacks. Researchers have found that honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts and its use strengthens the white blood corpuscles.

Honey and Cinnamon for Longevity

Ancient cultures used Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder for longevity. 4 spoons of honey, 1 spoon of cinnamon powder and 3 cups of water are boiled to make this tea. The prescribed amount is to drink 1/4 cup, 3 times a day. It keeps the skin fresh and soft and slows down old age.

Honey and Cinnamon for Weight Loss

Drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup water first thing in the morning (empty stomach). If taken regularly it reduces the weight of even the most overweight person. Also drinking of this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body, even though the person may eat a high calorie diet.

Recipes

How much honey for allergies

Depends on what type of allergy for which you are using honey for. Honey might not work for all allergies and for all people. Typically 2 teaspoons of honey combined with ginger and cinnamon will help with general allergies. Remember babies shouldn’t have honey until their immune system is stronger.

How much honey a day

If you don’t have any physical ailments then the answer to the question “how much honey a day” is pretty standard for adults. It is 1-2 teaspoons of honey. It is advisable to consult your doctor before starting on any such self medication. But 1-2 teaspoons of honey should not harm you.

How much honey for a cough

For children and toddlers having cough, it should be 1 tea spoon of honey mixed with luke warm water and cinnamon. Gargle with luke warm water and a pinch of salt. Adults can have 2 teaspoons

Always consult with your doctor or dietician.

Almonds

Almonds

The almond tree is native to the Middle East and appears often in Bible texts, most significantly in a few books of the Old Testament. The tree’s early flowering and its Hebrew name “shakeid” — to “wake” or “watch” — make it a potent symbol of new beginnings and God’s watchfulness, but it has meaning in other ancient cultures as well.

Genesis 43:11 “And their father Israel said unto them, If it must be so now, do this; take of the best fruits in the land in your vessels, and carry down the man a present, a little balm, and a little honey, spices, and myrrh, nuts, and almonds:”

Numbers 17:8 “And it came to pass, that on the morrow Moses went into the tabernacle of witness; and, behold, the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi was budded, and brought forth buds, and bloomed blossoms, and yielded almonds.”

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Herbal Folklore and Remedies

We all know that herbs make great companions in the garden and kitchen. Herbs also have a long history as a natural remedy—and many other more unusual uses, too! Read on…

Anise
Romans paid taxes with anise, and it was used in cough drops.

Anise seed steeped in milk is said to be a sleep-producing drink, but it is also quite likely that the warm milk alone would do the trick.

Basil
Precious to lovers in Italy and considered sacred in India. Many years ago, Italian men wore a sprig of basil to indicate their intended marriage. A cup of basil tea after dinner helps digestion. Ease a headache by drinking tomato juice blended with fresh basil.

Borage
The Romans believed the herb to be an antidepressant, and ancient Celtic warriors took it for courage.

Caraway
Caraway was used to scent perfumes and soaps. The Greeks used it for upset stomachs.

Chervil
Eating a whole plant would cure hiccups; chervil was said to warm old and cold stomachs.

Chives
Bunches of chives hung in your home were used to drive away diseases and evil.

Dill
Romans made wreaths and garlands out of dill. Dill keeps witches away.

Fennel
Bunches of fennel were used to drive off witches. It was used in love potions and as an appetite suppressant.

Garlic
It was thought to give strength and courage. Aristotle noted garlic’s use as a guard against the fear of water. It’s also been widely used against evil powers.

Lovage
Chewing on a piece of the dried root will keep you awake. Lovage warms a cold stomach and help digestion. Added to bathwater, it was believed to relieve skin problems.

Marjoram
The Greeks believed it could revive the spirits of anyone who inhaled it. At weddings wreaths and garlands were made of marjoram.

Mint
It was believed to cure hiccups and counteract sea-serpent stings. The Romans wore peppermint wreaths on their heads. It was added to bathwater for its fragrance.

Oregano
Used for “sour humours” that plagued old farmers. Also used for scorpion and spider bites.

Parsley
Used for wreaths and in funeral ceremonies. Believed to repel head lice and attract rabbits.

Rosemary
Rosemary in your hair will improve your memory. It will protect you from evil spirits if you put a sprig under your pillow.

Sage
Thought to promote strength and longevity and believed to cure warts. American Indians used it as a toothbrush.

Summer Savory
It was believed to be an aphrodisiac. Some thought it was a cure for deafness.

Tarragon
Put in shoes before long walking trips to give strength. It has been used to relieve toothache and as an antifungal.

Thyme
Burning thyme gets rid of insects in your house. A bed of thyme was thought to be a home for fairies.

Anyone who has sage planted in the garden is reputed to do well in business

“Let thy food be thy medicine”

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