Homemade herbal teas

Winter days are the perfect days for hot cups of tea, isn’t it?! One can never have too many tea blends to chose from, don’t you think?!

Maybe you already know I’m quite fond of herbal teas and as a herbalist I love to make my own teas.

In this blogpost I would like to share some of the latest recipes I’ve used. Before winter begins, I spend an afternoon making my own blends. All the herbs and flowers I use, have been harvested from my garden and dried at home. Once they are dried, I store them in paper bags in a dark place until I use them.

The first tea blend is simply called “Blooming garden tea” with a fresh and flowery taste. It’s a mix of mint (Mentha spicata), blackberry leaves (Ribes nigrum), marigold (Calendula officinalis), elderflower (Sambucus nigra), mallow (Malva sylvestris) and raspberry leaves (Rubus idaeus). This is one of my favourite blends!

Another tea blend is “Lady’s tea”, composed with herbs and flowers that has healing benefits for a women’s body and mind. Peppermint (Mentha x piperita), strawberry leaves (Fragaria), Lady’s mantle (Alchemilla vulgaris), hawthorn flower (Crataegus monogyna, more about it here) and yarrow (Achillea millefolium).

Of course there also has to be a “Winter tea” for this cold season. It’s a tea blend that boost the immune system and is anti- inflammatory. Elderflower for example is a healing herb against a cough or a cold. This tea is a mix of blackcurrant leaves (Ribes nigrum), peppermint (Mentha x piperita), elderflower (Sambucus nigria, more about this wonderful herb here) and echinacea (Echinacea purpurea).

In the evening I often drink my “Sleepy time tea”. A tea with the sweet aroma of roses and lavender and consists of calming herbs and flowers. It’s the perfect warm drink before going to bed and letting the day slowly come to an end.

This “Sleepy time tea” is a mix of chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla, more about this herb here), lavender (Lavendula officinalis, more about it here), lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) and rose petals (more about roses here).

Once the tea blends are made, I store them in vintage glass jars with a corresponding tag in a dark kitchen cabinet. They can be kept for one year. Afterwards the tea can still be used but it’s loosing its healing power.

I hope you will find the time to try making one of these blends. It’s really a pleasant and calm activity on a winter’s day! Even though if you don’t have harvested the herbs yourself, they can be bought in most organic shops. I would advise to buy organic and pure herbs as this is the most healthy way to drink your tea. Untreated and organically grown herbs and flowers have a stronger healing power and it’s so much healthier for your body.

A little moment of rest during the day, with a cup of herbal tea and a sweet luxury (I treated myself on these for the new year). Who says winter is boring and dreading?!

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