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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What an awesome gift idea!
Oh my goodness they look lovely! I definitely want to experiment making my own teas!
xo, Juliette Laura
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!
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?
I love tea, but have never tried making my own blend. I will definitely give it a go now. I have been inspired, thanks ^_^
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?
I love your posts. So useful!
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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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!
Awesome ideas! Another great source for teas and tea blends i found is http://www.artoftea.com/
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 :
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.
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!
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
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.
That was a great article, thanks! If you’d like to make your custom tea, but don’t want to have to source all the ingredients and mix them and such, try out my site! It lets you create a custom tea and order it.
I’m a little late, but can anyone recommend ratios for each ingredient?
I just love tea and your post is helpful. Thanks for sharing this interesting post