Experimenting With Tea Blends

Two years ago, a good friend of mine gave me loose leaf tea for Christmas along with a mug and tea steeper. It is one of my favorite presents to date. I have been drinking loose leaf almost daily ever since. I've always been one to stay inside the box with my tea drinking so I decided it was time to branch out a little.
To start out, I went to my local organic food store and spent time looking through their bulk spice collection. I read the backs of the containers and chose nine different options.

After returning home, I brought out some china green tea I had on hand and started making random blends just smelling along the way. I didn't have any particular way of doing things, which made it more fun. I used a small mason jar to put the herbs in and mix together by shaking it.
Blend One: 2 parts green tea, 2 parts chamomile, 1 part orange peel
Blend Two: Equal parts green tea, raspberry leaf, lavender & orange peel
Blend Three: Equal Parts Alfalfa & Calendula Flower
Blend Four: Equal Parts Lemon Balm, Peppermint & Lavender
Blend Five: Equal Parts Dandelion, Orange & Green Tea

After finding your favorite blend, take a teaspoon in your tea steeper and steep for 3-4 minutes (for green tea blends). 
 After trying out different blends, I put the blends in baby food jars and tied with a little tag. I found baby food jars were a lot cheaper and better size than mason jars. This way I can gift them for Christmas to more friends!

Nothing quite beats a winter evening and some loose leaf tea. I'd love to hear your favorite blends. Even though I only tried out green tea blends today I would love to try it again with black and red (roiboos) teas.


  1. This sounds so yummy!


  2. These are great gift ideas, I've been drinking loose tea since I was born I think! haha When I was little my mom used to get me to play "tea trivia" where I make her a cup and put in a blend of tea and she would guess what it was.... an obvious ploy to get me to serve her tea!

  3. oh my lanta, tea is my favorite thing about winter. it might be the only thing i like about winter...

  4. ooh, these look so pretty! My only problem with teas is I have yet to find one that tastes as good and strong as it smells! So I have stuck to regular English tea so far.