I have recently begun blending teas specifically for each phase of the moon and I’m going to be sharing them with you all over the next few weeks! This is really exciting as I have been a huge tea drinker for many years but have only just started getting into making my own teas.
As we know, each phase of the moon comes with it’s own energies, attitudes and appropriate activities. Each of my moon phase tea blends take those energies into consideration in choosing which type of tea to use as a base (black, green, white, red or herbal) and which other ingredients to combine together. I’m considering the astrological and planetary rulers of the ingredients, their magickal correspondences and, of course, how the flavors blend together.
New Moon Tea Blend
- 1 cup loose Earl Grey tea leaves
- 2 tablespoons dried grapefruit peels coarsely chopped
- 1/4 cup dried lavender buds
- 1/4 cup dark chocolate shavings or mini dark chocolate chips
Combine all ingredients in a glass jar. Stir so the ingredients are evenly distributed. Keep in a cool, dry place.
To brew, scoop one tablespoon of loose tea into a strainer or tea bag. Pour hot water over the strainer or bag. Brew 3-5 minutes.
Why does this blend represent the new moon? Let’s take it one ingredient at a time:
Earl Grey tea is a blend of black tea and bergamot oil. I’ve chosen a black tea base for my new moon tea blend to represent the physical darkness of this moon phase. Specifically, I chose Earl Grey as opposed to an undoctored black tea like Darjeeling because of the addition of bergamot; the oil of orange bergamot is magickally associated with power and success, lending an important herbal boost to the intentions we set at the new moon!
Grapefruit is associated with cleansing and purification. We need to purify at the new moon as we begin a new cycle and make new plans.
Lavender is also associated with purification, as well as dreams and intuition, making it the perfect herb for lunar rituals.
Dark chocolate lends sweetness to an otherwise dry and airy tea. It also represents this, the darkest phase of the moon, as well as the sensual nature of the moon.
What kinds of teas do you like to drink at the new moon? I hope you’ll try this tea blend out and let me know what you think!
For more information on working with the moon in your spiritual practice, click here for The Modern Witch’s Guide to Following the Lunar Cycle!