How To Make Tea

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There is something really beautiful about tea…the scent, the dried herbs and flowers, and of course the taste.  In all of my years of drinking tea, I don’t know why I’ve never attempted to make my own blends.  It’s so much fun mixing all of the different ingredients to get a custom tea just to your liking, and it’s also a great gift for others! Have fun with it and experiment with different ingredients and ratios until you find a mixture that’s just right for you.  I got my hands on some ingredients and made a few homemade teas that I can’t wait to try.

The important thing to note when making your own tea is to be sure that all of your ingredients are safe for consumption. I got my ingredients from a shop in Philadelphia called Essene.

homemade tea

For this first blend I used peppermint, chamomile and jasmine flowers for a soothing, relaxing tea. Both peppermint and chamomile teas are great to drink before bed and can also help sooth the stomach. Jasmine also helps to reduce anxiety so this is a great all-around blend for soothing the nerves and relaxing the mind and body.

homemade tea

homemade tea

I wanted to make a more invigorating tea as well so for this one I used black ceylon tea leaves, rose petals and vanilla bean.  Ceylon is one of my favorite black teas and has a rich aroma and flavor.  It can also help boost the immune system and make you more alert.  I added in some rose petals and a small bit of vanilla bean to give it some additional flavor!

homemade tea

homemade tea

This last blend was more of an experiment – I love lavender so I wanted to test it out, and paired it with some mint and hibiscus.  Hibiscus is rich in vitamin C so it gives your immune system a boost and can also decrease depression and mood swings.

homemade tea

homemade tea

Once you’ve mixed your teas, have some fun with the packaging! I used some large tea bags, small brown paper bags and embroidery thread to package mine – they’d make adorable gifts this holiday season!

homemade tea

homemade tea

homemade tea

homemade tea

homemade tea

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meg -August 19, 2013, 8:54AM

What an awesome gift idea!

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Juliette Laura -August 19, 2013, 9:28AM

Oh my goodness they look lovely! I definitely want to experiment making my own teas!

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Dani -August 19, 2013, 11:16AM

This is beautiful – I have always been a big fan of local tea and spice shops and their homemade blends, and I’m really interested in trying out a blend of my own!

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Lucille -August 19, 2013, 11:46AM

Fantastic post, I have been curious about this for awhile, especially considering the wild amount of monies you save by drinking loose leaf as opposed to the prepackaged boxes. I actually went through & cut open a whole box of tea bags & the amount of tea in a seven dollar box is so small! Much better, and fresher too, to make your own! Does anyone know of any naturally non caffinated teas other than rooibos?

Megan -August 19, 2013, 1:13PM

Love this!!

Niamh Stowe -August 19, 2013, 2:05PM

I love tea, but have never tried making my own blend. I will definitely give it a go now. I have been inspired, thanks ^_^

Kathy -August 19, 2013, 5:02PM

I gave up drinking tea because of the caffeine. I loved the ritual of it and miss drinking it. I should look into making my own tea. These look so lovely. Do you know if that place has online ordering?

Abriana -August 19, 2013, 6:37PM

I love your posts. So useful!

Natalie -August 19, 2013, 8:11PM

This post is so helpful!! I love tea, and have always wanted to learn how to make it myself! I am going to have to try the peppermint, chamomile, and jasmine flower. I just need to find a place I can purchase all of these. Can’t wait!
Thank you so much Julia xoxo!
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Lauren -September 12, 2013, 1:08PM

I wish we had a specialty tea store around here where I could buy the individual ingredients, and get them in bulk. If I find a way to make my own, I’ll link my post back to this one! Thanks!

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Morgan -October 13, 2013, 7:17PM

Awesome ideas! Another great source for teas and tea blends i found is http://www.artoftea.com/

Guozhi Liu -October 17, 2013, 3:37AM

Great! It is very interesting to see the variety of teas, and to get idea to prepare tea. To get online variety of tea online at :

Allison -November 16, 2013, 10:52PM

A lovely idea. I have always loved tea more than anyone in my family. I grow passion flowers and I collect the leaves for tea because it is good for the heart and it’s very relaxing, but I hadn’t thought of combining it with other things. Thank you for the gift idea.

Debbie James -December 10, 2013, 10:44AM

I just love tea! I have just been reading a book that recommends different blends of tea for wellness. My concern is the same as others, finding the ingredients! i love, love, love the basketweave spoon you used! Love to find one of those also. Thank you!

Macys -June 6, 2014, 11:17PM

I love tea, but have never tried making my own blend. I will definitely give it a go now. I have been inspired, thanks for interesting post, it ‘s really delicous – i think so

Nicole Martin -July 10, 2014, 2:29PM

Beautiful pictures! Ceylon is one of my favorite black teas too. I tend to be a bit of a purist so I don’t often do blending but these concoctions sound really tasty.

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