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Stress Relieving Iced Tea

Recipe byNonie

2 Jiaogulan (Gynostemma) tea bags
2 room temperature lemons
1/2 cup xylitol

Substitution: raw, unpasteurized honey can be used rather than xylitol, for those who prefer raw or do not like xylitol, but it will affect spike blood sugar and insulin, and will hence affect mood, and cannot be fed to young infants and toddlers if it contains honey. Furthermore, there is a lot of research emerging that fructose (as in honey) is very dangerous to human health when over consumed. It is hidden in many foods, so any additional fructose, other than that in fresh fruit, should be avoided.

  1. Boil 3 cups water and pour over tea bags in glass container; stir in xylitol while it's hot, and steep 20 minutes - which will help release all the goodness 
  2. Juice the two lemons and remove seeds
  3. Remove tea bags and stir in lemon
  4. Adjust xylitol and lemon to taste
  5. Refrigerate and serve, garnished with a lemon rind, or with floating berries and oranges, as suggested by my friend, Irina!

Yield: 1 pitcher 




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