11.27.2013

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.

8 comments:

  1. This sounds so yummy!

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  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!

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

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  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.

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