Making herbal tea can be both simple and fun – an easy and delicious way to enjoy a nutritious cup of brew! Making herbal tea can also make an ideal product to sell at farmers markets or online, depending on which blends and herbs are selected for sale. Finding an audience-appropriate blend is key. Not only is herbal tea delicious, it has many health benefits as well; helping with digestion, soothing headaches, weight loss as well as providing antioxidant protection against disease!
As far as herbal tea-making goes, there are seemingly limitless possibilities of herbs and flowers to use when creating herbal blends. From relaxing nighttime blends to energizing morning blends, there’s sure to be the ideal blend for every event or situation – plus making your own blends is far more eco-friendly than buying tea bags which use plenty of plastic!
If you are uncertain of how a certain herb might taste when prepared as tea, it is advisable to purchase a small quantity first for testing purposes. When possible, source organic or Fair Trade Certified ingredients from reliable vendors to ensure you receive top quality ingredients.
Once you’ve selected your primary herbs, the real fun begins! Many herbs have similar flavour profiles so pairing delicate plant parts together and hardy plants together may lead to greater constituent extraction and create a more well-rounded herbal tea blend.
After trying two herb combinations, it’s time to branch out with three and four herb blends. Be creative when mixing ratios; some mixes may end up down the drain as failed attempts! Experimentation is the key to discovering your ideal blend.
Dried fruits and leaves can add sweetness and visual interest to herbal tea blends, whether found at your local grocery store or grown right in your own garden. Dried herbs include lemon balm, chamomile, nettle and calendula while rose petals and hibiscus are popular choices.
Once your herbal tea is complete, store it in an airtight glass jar in a cool, dry location away from sunlight and moisture – this should last approximately one year.
To brew a cup of tea, simply put one teaspoon of your herbal blend in a teacup and steep for 10 to 15 minutes before sweetening with honey or sugar as desired. Have fun and enjoy!