Custom tea blends are a great way to give the tea drinkers in your life a unique present. Homemade blends are infinitely adaptable, so get creative with your choices. We’ve included basic guidelines, along with some suggestions to get you started.
Here are a few of our favorite ideas:
- For relaxation: equal parts holy basil, chamomile, lemon balm, and lavender
- For an illness: equal parts peppermint, rosemary, thyme, and lemon verbena
- Black tea blend: 1 cup black tea, 1 tablespoon dried orange peel, 1 tablespoon cinnamon bark
- Green tea blend: 1 cup green tea, 1 tablespoon dried lemon peel, 1 tablespoon dried ginger
- For the lemon lover: equal parts lemon balm, mint, and lemongrass
- For a floral blend: equal parts rosehips, hibiscus flowers, and mint
- Choose your tea base. Black, green, white, or oolong teas are great starting points for a caffeinated blend. If you want a more relaxing tea, an all-herb blend is the way to go.
- Decide on your dried herbs. Look for these at your local farmer’s market, co-op, or health food store. You can even toast chicory or barley to give your tea some nuttiness.
- Mix your herbs with tea (if using) in a jar and you’re all set!
Happy holidays from all of us here at Center for Food Safety!
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