While there are seemingly an infinite number of herbal teas available all over the world, there’s something special if you can create your own. Homemade herbal tea blends can be created to your own taste.
After all, homemade teas, unlike commercial teas, won’t come with all the nasty artificial stuff packed inside, and you’ll be able to nail down the exact taste you’re looking for. Do you want to learn how to make tea from scratch?
In today’s guide, I’m going to talk you through some of the amazing experiences I’ve had with making homemade teas, showing you some of the approaches you can use to make your own, and how to really enjoy yourself along the way.
There is a huge list of herbs for tea. You can create homemade herbal tea for weight loss and tea to calm your body. There are many herbal tea recipes for energy and medicinal herbal tea recipes too! So lets get started.
Creating Taste Through Structure
The first thing you’ll want to do is to think about the kind of taste you want your tea to have, and this means looking into flavours, and looking into the structure of your tea.
What I mean by structure is that chamomile tea has chamomile flowers. These flowers are the main structure.
There are different structures you can use; such as flowering notes, which could be violet flowers, chamomile flowers, dandelion petals, and the sorts. You’ll only want a one-part note of your tea batch.
You then want to think about your placeholder, which is the flavour that holds everything together. This could be raspberry leaves, dried nettles, or something bulky that works as a bind.
You’ll need to add two parts of this placeholder into your tea blend.
Next, you’ll want a fruity component, something naturally sweet is always a winner, but you can really get creative.
I highly recommend travelling to your local herb shops to see what wonderful flavours and sorts they have on offer. Add one part of this to your blend.
Finally, add a cooling herb. This is especially important if you’re opting for an iced tea blend. Commonly, something like mint is used, or neem, but there are plenty of varieties out there you can explore.
I recommend starting with an online search to find out more and then adding one part of this to your blend.
Remember, this is a full structure detailing above, but you can add and take away whatever you want from your own blend, experimenting with what works and what doesn’t until you’re able to discover the taste you’ve been looking for.
Learn About Infusing
The key to brewing your own blends comes in the practice of infusing. This is where your chosen blend of tea will really come to life.
So, let’s say you’ve been to your local herb shop and you’ve picked up some herbs that you would like to try as your own tea.
You need to get your kettle or teapot, fill it with boiling hot water, and then add your herbs into the pot.
Make sure you get a pot especially for brewing your own teas because you probably won’t be using tea bags and don’t want all your herb leaves falling into your cup.
Place your herbs into the teapot and let them steep (which means leave them in the hot water to sit) for around 15 minutes.
You then strain the tea leaves out, and you’re left with a tea. This is all it means to infuse your herbs with the water.
However, the process and timings can differ depending on the flavour and intensity you’re looking for, so don’t be afraid to get creative by trying new things out.
Some Cool Recipe Ideas
Blending your own tea is all about getting creative, but if you want to try making some winning blends first before venturing out on your own, here are some recipes you can try.
A rose breakfast blend is fairly easy since all you need is two teaspoons for Darjeeling tea, three teaspoons of Assam tea, and then one teaspoon of rose petals. Simply beautiful.
If you’re looking to try something a little more tropical, a tropical Pu’erh is an amazing fruity choice. Simply use two teaspoons of Pu’erh tea, and then add in a spoonful of candied mango, candied pineapple, and shredded candied coconut. Add as many or as few as you want until you get the desired taste.
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Katherine Rundell is a writer at Academized. She writes about homemade herbal tea blends. She also loves getting creative in the kitchen and making new and wonderful things for her family and friends.