This post is for those of you who follow along with my monthly Moon Tea Circle newsletter. Each newsletter contains inspirations for making a lunar infusion in sync with other readers. Through the circle we focus on a unique intention or collective theme, and across the distance we connect with one another and the full moon to invoke wisdom & healing, manifestation & release.
Below are the basic steps for creating your own unique full moon tea.
~ Take the desired herbs and place as much or as little of them as you feel is the right amount into a clean glass jar. (As a starting point I usually use anywhere from 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon of dried herbs per 1 cup of water.)
~ If you don't have all of the herbs specified in the monthly newsletter, it's ok. Use what you have or make substitutions. You can used dried or fresh herbs. Everyone's moon tea will be a little different.
~ On the evening of the full moon pour pure, room-temperature water over the herbs then let your covered jar sit in the light of the moon overnight.
~ Your tea can steep anywhere the moonlight will touch it. This can be in a backyard, on a balcony, or on a windowsill. Try to place it somewhere elevated and with a clear view of the sky so it can catch as many moonbeams as possible.
~ If moonlight is not able to reach the steeping jar (as when it's cloudy, rainy or snowy) that's ok -- the intent behind the moon tea will still be strong, and that's where much of the transformative power of this tea resides.
~ Remember that other readers are placing their tea jars out to steep on the same evening, and send them telepathic greetings and well-wishes. Keep the intent in mind as you do so. This is the most important part of the tea-making process: when we join together as a group our intentions are amplified.
~ The next morning strain out the herbs (and compost them, if possible).
~ You can drink this brew throughout the whole next day or all at once. Remember to keep the monthly intention in mind as you drink.