Lilies are in a word, lovely. At the very least, English poet William Blake (1757 - 1827) thought so. His poem, The Lily, part of his 1794 collection Songs of Experience, explains how the lily exceeds even the rose in terms of simple beauty:
The modest Rose puts forth a thorn:
The humble Sheep, a threat'ning horn:
While the Lilly white, shall in Love delight
Nor a thorn nor a threat stain her beauty bright.
Here at Metropolitan Tea, we couldn't agree more. (Although, our dried rose petals are also quite stunning.) Sourced from farms with exceptional environmental policies (like all of our products) these dried lilies make an excellent and highly fragrant addition to tea and herbal blends, or as the base for a tisane all their own.
Speaking of which, according to ancient Chinese medicine, lily tea is thought to help soothe coughs, reduce body heat and contribute to an overall sense of calm. So, here's to the lily, as perfect a flower as Mother Nature ever created.
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