This is the final post in the Moon Phase Tea Blend series! It’s been so fun creating these blends for my rituals and hearing from so many of you that you’re trying them out yourself.
First, was 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.
Then came my recipe for Full Moon Tea, which includes white peony tea, jasmine pearls, rose buds and cardamom pods. It is a soft and feminine tea full of calmness, beauty and lightness of being.
A few weeks ago, I shared my recipe for Waxing Moon Tea, which includes Darjeeling, red clover, cinnamon, cloves, pink peppercorns, cardamom pods and star anise.
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.
Waning Moon Tea Blend Recipe
- 1 cup loose Green Earl Grey tea leaves
- 1/4 cup dried mint leaves
- 1/4 cup dried elderflower
- 1/4 cup dried yarrow
- 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 waning moon? Let’s take it one ingredient at a time:
Green Earl Grey is a very unique tea blend in and of itself. Traditional Earl Grey, as we saw in the New Moon Tea blend, is black tea with added bergamot oil. Green Earl Grey is simply green tea with added bergamot oil. This gives the tea a mild citrus flavor which tames some of the bitterness of green tea. Magickally speaking, green tea is about focus and centering, while bergamot gives a boost of power to any spell. At the waning moon, we are letting go and releasing that which no longer serves us so this blend helps us to focus on that task.
Mint is a powerful, if ubiquitous, herb. It’s refreshing bite is found in everything from ice cream to Moroccan tea. Mint is most commonly associated with wealth, protection and banishing. It supports the waning moon banishment of habits, ideas and situations that do not serve us well.
Elderflower eases the astringent quality of this blend by introducing a slightly sweeter, more floral note. It is associated with sleep, dreams and protection from negativity, as well as banishing in some cases. The presence of elderflower in this blend makes it more calming and soothing.
Yarrow is another common herb with potent magickal powers. It is often associated with witches and magick, especially death and banishing evil or negativity. Yarrow eases menstruation cramps and is strongly tied to the blood.
What kinds of teas do you like to drink as the moon wanes? I hope you’ll try this tea blend out and let me know what you think!