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Homemade Holiday Gift Recipe: Loose Tea Blend

December 17th, 2015
Center for Food Safety

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.


Dried teas

Dried herbs


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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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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