ሻይ - teas.

  ዕፅዋት ሻይ - Herbal teas.

Herbal teas or blends are about as far removed (taste-wise) from tea bag as home baked bread is from the store-bought kind.


So, if you haven't yet discovered herbal teas for yourself, take it from me: You're missing out on a real treat! 


Please note that when preparing your herbal teas, all you need is a small amout of herb in your teapot and pour rolling hot water and steep it.


You don’t need to boil your herbal tea like regular tea, because there are many flavor nuances that can be discovered by adjusting the length of time when steeping herbal tea. Try both longer and shorter steeping times and see which one you prefer. 


Enjoying herbal tea without any sweetener is also an acquired taste that will let your palate differentiate the original flavor nuance of each herb. 


Adding a lot of sweetener to your tea might disguises the subtlety of the herbal tea flavor. 

Here are some of my favorite teas. You may serve your tea hot or cold.

GINGER TEA የዝንጅብል ሻይ - the rejuvenating, soothing and invigorating qualities of ginger is naturally warming. It also supports healthy digestion.
BLACK TEA - hearty and full-flavored, with an inherent sweetness and underlying malty note.
GREEN TEA - offers a clean and astringent taste alongside notes of sweet fruitiness and wholesome earthiness.
LEMON BALM HERBAL TEA - a member of the mint family, calming and naturally sweat not need to add sweetener. As the name hints, the leaves of the plant release a lemony fragrance when bruised.
LAVENDER FLOWER TEA - a little goes a long way. Lavender has been known to hold a wide range of medicinal benefits in reducing headache pain and improving quality of sleep by helping to relax and slow the nervous system.
HIBISCUS FLOWER TEA - Alone or in combination with other dried herbs, flowers and spices, hibiscus flowers make colorful and flavorful teas.
CRIMSON BERRY HERBAL TEA - comes blended with rose-hips, hibiscus, currants, elderberries, and cranberries in a medley of red fruits that presents a deep red cup that is sweet and pleasant fragrant.
CHAI TEA - made with cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, allspice, cloves, and black pepper; the spicy blend is then coupled with a hearty black tea.
CHAMOMILE TEA ካምሜላ ሻይ ቅጠል - most popular herbs, member of the daisy family renowned for it's calming, frayed nerves and an upset stomach.
WHITE TEA - light, fresh, sweet and a sheer decadence comes from the same plant as green, oolong, and black teas. It's the least processed of all the teas. Named for the silver fuzz on the bud when the leaves are picked.
EIGHT HERB TEA - the blend is comprised of spearmint, rosemary, lemon balm, linden, eucalyptus, wood betony, blackberry leaf, and eleuthero root; the result is a mild green whole body wellness tonic-like aromatic cup.

How many more teapots/cups does a woman need to serve her assortment of herbal teas?


The More The Merrier?


Yeah! It makes it easier to serve different type of teas at the same time.


And of course, Apulance!

On your balcony!


On a sunny Sunday morning!


Serving fresh out of the oven croissant ክሮሳንት with some  tea or coffee!

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