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Flowering tea: The complete kit
Flowering tea is the gift I love to give
The people I send it to love it too. Ever since I first discovered these flowering teas (some people call them 'blooming tea') I've been ordering them online and sending them as gifts and they have always been really well received.
A bouquet a day
It's all very well sending people flowers - and for many people that's the default gift to send - but with this set, the recipient gets a bouquet every time they want a delicious drink. In fact, I've written about it at greater length here.
Everything you need in one package
When I first found out about these teas and decided what a great gift idea they are I had to order the pot, then the tea and I could never be certain that they'd arrive in one package. Even though I'd order them from Amazon at the same time and in the same transaction, there was always the possibility that they could be delivered in separate boxes or, even worse,on different days.
But with the set you see here, the gorgeous glass teapot and the tea bags come as one complete set that will be a one-time delivery.
I've sent this gift to a male cousin in Canada (a chap in his sixties), to my sister, to my thirteen year old niece and several other people who are varied in age and everyone has loved them. They really are great for everyone. Oh and the lovely teapot comes with a glass infuser so it can be used for making regular tea too.
I'm never at a loss for further ideas
Once I have sent someone this flowering tea set, I'm never at a loss for further ideas for that person. I can always send a further selection of teas or a useful accessory. See below.
See what your recipient will see
The teabags take about six to eight minutes to fully flower.
Primula, who supply the teabags in the set you see above, have made a video to show you how beautifully their teas flower.
Although the actual time is longer, the video has been speeded up so it will take two minutes of your time to see what to me,seems like magic.
See the video
This is a nice add-on or future gift. It's not only great for the teapot, it can be used with any dish. So it's very convenient indeed for the dinner table and will keep foods at just the right temperature.
This organic selection can be a stand-alone gift or is a great idea for people who have received the teapot in the past.
Make you own - step by step instructions
As you'll see in the video below, it's easy to make your own flowering tea balls. In this instance, the lady who is demonstrating is using mint, clover and dandelion leaves from her garden.
Because she uses no pesticides in her own garden,she knows that the items are organic and contain nothing but goodness. She explains that you can use whichever herbs you wish, especially those with healing or health giving properties.
One of the plants you use should have large leaves (like the dandelion used in the video below) as they will form the 'wrapping' of the package.
You'll also need a needle and thread - being sure that the thread you use is not synthetic.
The clover doesn't need its stems removing - just make them into a bunch and tie or saw them together with the thread. Add the mint leaves, sewing them to the clover too. Then sew the larger dandelion leaves so that all the herbs are fastened together.
Then fold the dandelion leaves over to form an exterior wrapping and then scrunch the bundle in your hand to create a ball shape.
These too are kept in place with thread.
The balls are then dried in a low oven, an airing cupboard or on a sunny windowsill. Once they are dehydrated, the only thing you need to remember is to remove the string.
Make your own flowering / blooming tea
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