What’s better than a steaming cup of tea and great book? The weather might be warming up but that won’t stop me from brewing a cup of my favorite tea. There are a variety of teas, with coinciding health benefits. Though I love my cup of Earl Grey, there are so many blends and flavors to entice any tea skeptic. An easy way of enjoying tea is by creating your own! Many herbs for tea can be grown in your own backyard. Herbs like mint, lemon balm, sage, chamomile, and lavender can easily be grown and dried to make your own blends. You can also mix up your blend with rose hip, raspberry leaves, citrus peels, or even dandelion root. Here are some helpful tips to brew your perfect cup:
- Harvest your herbs mid-morning or in drier conditions, after the dew has evaporated
- You can air dry herbs by laying them out in an even layer over cheesecloth, careful to avoid direct sunlight, and damp areas.
- Lay a cheesecloth or paper towel over the herbs to protect from dust, and dry them for a minimum of ten days
- Place the dried herbs in an tightly closed jar after
- Using a tablespoon of your blend, you can pour hot water over the blend or use a tea infuser and steep for ten minutes.
Here is a great recipe to try out!
Cinnamon Rose Hip Tea
- 1 stick of cinnamon
- 1 cup of dried rose hips
- 1 teaspoon of dried, grated lemon peel
- 1/4 cup of dried lemon balm leaves
If making your own tea blend isn’t for you, be sure to check out our friends at White Heron Tea!