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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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