Blend your own teas with herbs from your own garden or fruits from your own kitchen. The flavors are superior and you can’t go wrong with homemade!
Dish Count :: 1 Baking Sheet, 1 Mixing Bowl, Several Small Jars
Growing up one of my fondest memories was my mom and I having a cup of tea together nearly every night. She had something sensible like chamomile with a touch of lemon and honey if she were under the weather, and I had orange and spice with enough honey in it to coat the bottom of the mug – and then add some more. But I always loved those little moments with her. When kids were taking coffee to school, I was made fun of for taking tea. It was no big deal. I just liked those moments with my mom, and it still carries on even now when I’m at my computer most nights – if it isn’t a glass of wine by my side, it’s a cup of piping hot tea. You can’t go wrong.
I’ve found so many fun and exciting blends over the years, but as a creature of habit, I got back to some usual staples – chamomile, ginger, and lemon and peppermint. They’re always so comforting on their own, and when blended together they become magical!
I recently went to the store and grabbed a bunch of bulk dried herbs to start mixing my own tea blends, and see if I could come up with some new staples for my pantry. The list of them is pretty small, so don’t feel the need to break the bank. And go out of your comfort zone!
If you are using fresh fruits, like I used lemon and ginger, use a vegetable peeler to remove thin strips of the rind from the fruit. Then place them on a baking sheet, and place them in your oven at 200 degrees for 2 hours, or longer if necessary, to begin to dry them out. After two hours, you can let them rest on the counter overnight as well they should be good to go by morning. Chop them into fine pieces, and you are ready to blend.
One of my favorite flavors in the flower world is lavender, so I added that to this mix. It might not be traditional in the tea world, but that’s the beauty of it – you can do whatever you want. And with the lemon and ginger, it paired just lovely. I hope that you will start your own tradition and try your hand at making your own teas soon. You just never know what kind of lasting impact it will have on someone you know.
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DIY Tea Blends - 5 Ways
1/2 cup Dried Peppermint Leaves
1/3 cup Dried Lavender Buds
1/2 cup Dried Chamomile Flowers
5 Lemons, peeled and dried (Use the lemons in lemon curd!)
1 cup Fresh Ginger, thinly peeled and dried
If using fresh ingredients like lemons and ginger, use a vegetable peeler to peel away the outer layer of the lemons, and shred thin strips of ginger. Lay them out in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake in a 200 degree oven for 2 hours. If not completely dry by then, continue to dehydrate in the oven, or allow to rest on the counter overnight.
When they are completely dry, chop the lemon and ginger each finely until quite small. Set aside into two separate bowls.
Mix Equal Parts Lavender and Chamomile leaves into a small bowl. Seal in a small glass jar. To serve, add 1 Tablespoon to a tea infuser for 8 ounces of boiling water.
Lemon Ginger Chamomile
Mix 1 part lemon, 1 part ginger, and 2 parts chamomile to a small bowl. Seal in a small glass jar. To serve, add 1 Tablespoon to a tea infuser for 8 ounces of boiling water.
Peppermint Lemon Ginger
Mix 1 part lemon, 1 part ginger, and 2 parts peppermint to a small bowl. Seal in a small glass jar. To serve, add 1 Tablespoon to a tea infuser for 8 ounces of boiling water.
Lemon Lavender Chamomile
Mix 1 part lemon, 1 part lavender, and 2 parts chamomile to a small bowl. Seal in a small glass jar. To serve, add 1 Tablespoon to a tea infuser for 8 ounces of boiling water.
Lemon Lavender Peppermint
Mix 1 part peppermint, 1 part lavender, and 1 part lemon to a small bowl. Seal in a small glass jar. To serve, add 1 Tablespoon to a tea infuser for 8 ounces of boiling water.