Cooler Than You: Slytherin House Iced Tea

While the countdown to the next and final installment of the Harry Potter movies ticks away, we'll be featuring the crossover between herbalism and magical herbology. While we're exploring more of the magical and medicinal world of herbalism, let's make some iced tea - Slytherin style.  SLYTHERIN House Iced Tea is far superior, we've been assured by Slytherin students themselves, than any other iced tea a lesser another Hogwarts House may serve.  Why, you might ask?  "Because it has class," was their response.*  We'll let you, kind reader, negotiate Hogwarts House rivalries, while we shall proceed with making some chilly tea.

Begin by making a regular cup of tea, but instead of 1 teaspoon per cup of water, add two heaping teaspoons per cup of water brewed.  The hot tea will be diluted when mixed with ice, so never fear, the flavors will be balanced.

Get some ice from your freezer, local grocer or disapparate to the far north for the freshest glacial ice that can be found!

Death eater shaped ice is optional, but the more difficult, dangerous and life-threatening the ice is for your house elves to attain, select Slytherin students assure us, the more respected your iced tea and you yourself shall be.

After brewing your tea, fill your drinking glass a 1/3 of the way full.  Add any sweetener or not of your choice.  Add ice and stir, which will cool down your hot beverage as well as dilute it.  Add more ice and enjoy!

One of the herbs that is most cooling in the Slytherin House Tea Blend is Lemon Balm Melissa officinalis which was valued by the alchemist and botanist Paracelsus as being able to restore life.  It cools an excited and inflamed system, calming mind, body and spirit.  If you've recently found yourself wounded in a sword fight (all too common these days in the Wizarding world), rub Lemon Balm leaves on the blade that harmed you and you should stop your bleeding.  You'll probably want to follow up with some Lemon Balm tea to prevent and lessen any fever that may follow after such a fight.  Lemon Balm is also used in charms and elixirs to attract romance and may have the special ear of the Gods since it attracts so many of their divine messengers, the bees.

We hope most of all that you enjoy Lemon Balm in your Slytherin House Iced Tea!

*All opinions expressed by Slytherin students are not opinions necessarily supported by Worts + Cunning Apothecary.

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