At the February new moon, I shared my recipe for New Moon Tea, which includes Earl Grey tea, lavender buds, dried grapefruit peels and dark chocolate chips. It is a dark and arid tea full of energy, power and optimism.
Today, I’m sharing with you my recipe for Full Moon Tea! This is one of my favorite tea blends and sometimes I have a cup of it during other phases because it’s just so delicious and soothing.
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.
Full Moon Tea Blend Recipe
- 1 cup loose white peony tea leaves
- 2 tablespoons cardamom pods (optional: very gently crush the pods with a mortar and pestle to release their flavor)
- 1/2 cup dried rosebuds
- 1/2 cup jasmine green tea pearls or dried jasmine buds
- 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 4-5 minutes.
Why does this blend represent the full moon? Let’s take it one ingredient at a time:
White peony and other white teas are associated with the full moon, for obvious reasons of color and element. White peony is a fairly rare tea, but not generally outrageously expensive, which makes it such a wonderful, special treat for the full moon.
Cardamom is associated with the element of water and is all about sex, sex, sex. Cheekiness aside, cardamom is a very interesting magickal spice. Although it plays nicely with other, more fiery spices like cinnamon and clove, cardamom is the feminine and Venusian alternative. Like most spices, it ignites passions, but focuses more on intimacy than pure lust, and of course, under the light of the full moon, that can be intimacy with our lovers, ourselves or even a Goddess.
Rose is, of course, associated with love. One of the most classic watery, Venus correspondences, roses are all about opening the heart. Though we tend to think of this in a romantic sense, roses can also open our hearts in a myriad of other ways. I like to think of the full moon as a time to take notice of what we have and what we are grateful for and rose is perfect for opening us up to those possibilities.
Jasmine is associated with the moon and all that comes with her: sleep, dreaming, love and divination. A quietly powerful flower with a lovely fragrance, you can use either jasmine buds or jasmine pearls in this tea. I prefer the slightly more aromatic and flavorful pearls but they can be quite expensive so buds will work just fine as well.
What kinds of teas do you like to drink at the full moon? I hope you’ll try this tea blend out and let me know what you think! To learn even more about working with the full moon, click here for The Modern Witch’s Guide to Following the Lunar Cycle!