Over the last few moon phases, I have been sharing my new and full moon tea blend recipes. 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.
At the March full moon, I shared 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.
Today, I’m sharing with you my recipe for Waxing Moon Tea! This blend was inspired by the chai blends of India. Although we often say “chai tea” in the West, the word chai really just means tea. When most of us use the phrase, we are referring to the particular blend of spices that includes cinnamon, cardamom and other traditional flavors.
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.
Waxing Moon Tea Blend Recipe
- 1 cup loose Darjeeling tea leaves
- 1/2 cup red clover blossoms
- 1/4 cup cinnamon chips
- 2 tablespoons whole cloves
- 2 tablespoons pink peppercorns
- 2 tablespoons cardamom pods (optional: very gently crush the pods with a mortar and pestle to release their flavor)
- 5 star anise
- 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 2-3 minutes.
Why does this blend represent the waxing moon? Let’s take it one ingredient at a time:
Darjeeling is a classic black tea with subtle flavor and lots of power. I chose a black tea base for my waxing moon blend as it is the most activating and powerful of the various colors and varieties of tea. Black tea contains a fair amount of caffeine and gives you that needed boost at the active waxing moon.
Red clover is one of those rare herbs that is quite beautiful, helpful in treating many physical ailments and very magickal as well. Red clover is associated with success, luck and wealth, making it the perfect addition to a waxing blend that will help you stay excited about your intentions.
Cinnamon is a fiery spice that lends power and success to all magick.
Clove is present in this blend more for flavor than for its magickal associations. However, cloves can be useful in attracting money so if the intentions you set at the new moon had to do with finances, you’re in luck!
Pink peppercorns are associated with love, friendship and power. (Are you sensing a theme here? The waxing moon is all about adding power to your new moon intentions!) Plus, they’re pretty!
As we discussed at the full moon, cardamom is all about love and lust. It’s a powerful spice for connecting with the moon as, despite being a tasty baking spice along the lines of cinnamon and clove, cardamom is associated with water rather than fire.
In addition to being a uniquely beautiful spice, star anise increases all power.
What kinds of teas do you like to drink as the moon waxes toward full? I hope you’ll try this tea blend out and let me know what you think!