How Make Your Own Herbal Tea Blends
You might like to use scales to weigh each quantity of herb, make a note of each for future reference.
Use plants which have beautiful fragrances as well as medicinal properties, or mix blander tasting and smelling herbs with more fragrant ones to make them more palatable.
Obviously make sure that you have identified the plant properly, and check out any side effects or warnings about that plant first. Some good tea herbs with warnings are listed in our plant remedies guide.
Dry The Herbs
I dry my herbs by hanging them in bunches in the same cupboard as my boiler. More about drying herbs here...
Smell The herbs
Keep sniffing at the blended herbs, the way they are smelling together is a good indication on how your tea will taste when brewed.
You can make this a purely herbal tea, or you can mix it with a good quality loose tea. I would recommend a green tea, Darjeeling, or a ceylon tea.
Make a note of each lot of herbs and measurements as you go along. You might like to taste test a few of the mixtures as you go along too.
Make a small taster cup with half a teaspoon of herb and boiling water. Make another with the same herbs and a little bit of honey so that you can see how it tastes sweetened and unsweetened.
The Perfect Blend
Some Of My Blends...
Pot Pourri Summer Tea
The pot marigold flowers give the tea a honey-like fragrance and sweetness, that is evocative of a summers evening in the flower garden.
I like to add a bit of honey when I serve this tea, or failing that brown sugar.
To make this tea I dry equal parts of each herb and mix. I make a batch and keep in an air tight jar.
Mint Mix Herbal Tea
When I make this tea I use half peppermint types of mint and half spearmint types of mint.