Make Your Own

Tea Blends

Make your own wonderful tea blends . There are many flavors that you can blend into teas. These would make great gifts, they are simple to make and inexpensive. A little packet of variety teas packed for someon can brighten his or her day for weeks after receiving your special gift.

Making Tea Blends

Doesn't the sound of blueberry or orange cinnamon or vanilla tea sound great! These are just a few of the thousands of combinations of fruits and herbs you can use to make your own special blend of tea.

We will be talking about dried tea blends today but keep in mind you can brew fresh herbs and fruits for a great tea too.

In composing these flavorful tea blends, make sure your dried spices and herbs are not stale. If you have herbs in your garden it is very easy to dry them yourself. Almost any herb can be grown outdoors such as mint, lemon grass, camomile or peppermint just to name a few.

When making your tea blends, use home-dried herbs or purchase new containers of herbs just before blending. To dry herbs, hang them upside down in bundles in a warm breezy place until they are bone dry. All herbs should be stored in tightly closed jar or tins in a dry but not too hot place.

Whether you use home-dried or store bought herbs they should be crumbled before use to release the flavor and aroma. Mix your herbs in glass bowls as metal and plastic can give them an off taste.

You can also use flavored oils and blend them with your tea . Make sure the oils you use are food safe. Oils such as peppermint, mint, lemon and almond are some of our favorites.

Caution: Make sure you know the identity of the plant you're using to make tea, and be watchful for adverse reactions. Please don't use any leaves or flowers that have been treated with pesticides.

What a great gift to give someone and very inexpensive. Label your fancy tin or container, include a tea ball and you have a great gift for practically nothing.

Dried Tea Blend Recipes

Before You Start

Select and prepare containers first. Any inexpensive little tin wrapped with raffia or a bow would make a lovely gift. You can use glass canisters with tight fitting lids or even fancy bags or boxes that you can print yourself. Make sure if you are using boxes or bags for your teas that you put the tea blend inside a sealable plastic bag to preserve the freshness.

The recipes below can be adapted to use whatever fruits, herbs or spices you wish to use.

Orange Cinnamon Tea Blend

1/4 pound Ceylon tea

4 tablespoons diced dried orange rind

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

Mix all ingredients together. Put in your tin or jar and label with instructions if giving as a gift.

Use 1 teaspoon per cup of boiling water and steep 4 to 5 minutes. Garnish with orange peel. Delightfully fresh and spicey tea.

Rose Hip and Lemon Tea Blend

1/2 cup dried rosehips

3 teaspoons dried lemon peel

This tea is naturally rich in vitamin C. In a bowl crush seeds and pulp of dried rose hips and add the dried lemon peel. Mix together well.

Place blended tea into your container and label with instructions if giving as a gift. Use 1 teaspoon per cup of boiling water and allow to infuse about 8 minutes. Sweeten with honey, if desired, or add a thin slice of lemon.

Chai Tea Blend

1/2 cup black tea leaves

3 crushed cinnamon sticks

12 crushed black peppercorns

5 crushed cloves

6 crushed cardamom seeds

1 teaspoon crushed cumin seeds

4 whole crushed allspice

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

To make heat milk and water together in equal proportions and add 1 tablespoon per cup of mixture, let stand for 10 minutes strain and serve.

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