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Blending Your Own Herbal Teas

Do you have a variety of herbs growing in your garden?  Do you like drinking herbal teas?

Perhaps I can interest you to go into your garden, snip a few herbs and artistically blend them into a delicious restorative beverage that can also heal, calm or energize your body, mind and soul?  If you do not have an herb garden, you can visit our store and choose from a great variety of dried herbs from around the world.

There are no hard and fast rules in tea blending, but for beginners it makes sense to work with single herbs until you feel comfortable with individual plants; then begin combining two or three herbs together.  Here are some tea blend ideas:

Rosemary & Juniper Tea Blend

This tea stimulates hydrochloric acid for better digestion and absorption.  Drink 1/2 cup 1/2 hour before meals.

1 tsp juniper berries
1 tbsp rosemary
2 tbsp orange rind

Boil 2 cups water, remove from heat, and add all the ingredients.  Steep for 20 minutes.  
Don't want to gather the herbs?  Try our Before Dinner Tea.

Manzanita & Hollyhock

Native Americans have used manzanita for all sorts of health challenges, including urinary problems.  Drink one to three cups a day for only five days.

1 tbsp manzanita leaves
1 tbsp hollyhock leaves and flowers

Boil 2 cups water, remove from heat, and add all the ingredients.  Steep for 20 minutes.

Thyme, Rosemary & Sage

This tea is excellent to drink int he morning, as it energizes better than a cup of coffee!

1 tbsp thyme 
1 tbsp rosemary 
1 tbsp sage

 

Boil 2 cups water, remove from heat, and add all the ingredients.  Steep for 20 minutes

Thyme & Mullein

For people who wake up in the morning with coughing fits, this tea can have a soothing effect.  Drink one cup morning and evenings.

1 tbsp thyme 
1 tbsp mullein
1 tbsp clover

 

Boil 2 cups water, remove from heat, and add all the ingredients.  Steep for 20 minutes.

Sage & Orange

This is a pleasant tea to beautify your skin.  Drink one cup three times daily.

2 tbsp sage leaf
Fresh orange juice to taste

Boil 2 cups water, remove from heat, and add all the ingredients.  Steep for 20 minutes.

Basil & Lemonade

This beverage is delicious and refreshing.  Basil lifts the spirits, dispels depression and brings clarity of thought.

8 oz lemonade
2-3 basil leaves

Let the leaves steep for about 15 minutes.  Enjoy!

For Your Information

When you drink a cup of peppermint or chamomile tea, you are actually not consuming tea.  You are drinking a "tisane" or an "infusion".  Tisane is French for herbal infusion and is simply an infusion of dried herbs and fruits.

Tisanes and herbal infusions are not a true tea since the Camellia plant (green, black and white tea plant) is not used.  However, they are generally referred to as teas since the preparation, enjoyment, and health benefits are similar.  They are consumed for medicinal reasons and are naturally caffeine free.

Happy Garden-Filled Drinks!

Leilah & Natalie

*These statements have not been approved by the FDA and is meant for informational purposes only.  This information is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure.
**Consult your healthcare practitioner before using any herbs in this article if you take pharmaceutical drugs or have a medical condition.