Homemade Tea Blends

homemade tea blends herbs in glasses

I am one of the many people who picked up a new hobby during corona. It started in the spring of 2020 when we were in lock-down or coming out of (who knows…) and all we were able to do is spend time walking around. Preferably in places where no other people were met. During my walks I started to identify and later on gathering herbs. My goal was to make homemade tea blends. I knew about certain herbs that are good when having a cold. My grandma used to collect coltsfoot and I loved coltsfoot tea. But she always kept it locked up so we could only have it when being sick.

As I said I wanted to make my own blends. When I read up on the plants and and educated myself more I also started to get some sort of feeling what I could mix together. Disclaimer: I am a novice. I am not from the medical field. I can only share my experience. My main sources when it comes to learning about herbs are as of now

  • plant app – its my go to source when I see something I want to identify. I try to guess before I check. Once I know the name I research in more depth. And cross check if it was identified correctly by the app. Not always the case.
  • kostbarenatur.net – a very resourceful website with lots of information, recipes and ideas. (in German only).
  • Wild Remedies – a very interesting book I talked about in length already.

I am also looking for a good plan identification book. If you know of one you can recommend let me know.

Last year I have gifted all my family members a personal tea blend. Herbs that fit certain criteria and illness they struggled with. I kept some notes as how I mixed it up and I want to share a few today. I will not get into the different effects the plants have. That would be a whole new post and there are better sources out there.

homemade tea blends mixing in bowls

Flower Tea

Plants I used:

  • Blackberry leaves
  • Daisy blossoms
  • Yarrow
  • English Plantain
  • Jasmin blossoms
  • Cornflower blossoms
  • Red clover blossoms

For this tea the blackberry leaves are the basis (2 handful) then I added one handful of daisies, yarrow, plantain and about half a handful of Jasmin, cornflowers and clover. This is a rather light blend but it was well liked by the recipients.

Happiness Tea

Plants I used:

  • St. Johns Wort
  • lavender
  • thyme

I used about the same amount of all herbs.

homemade tea blends close-up of tea blend

Tea for Colds and Flues

Plants I used:

  • Linden blossoms and a few leaves
  • Sage
  • Thyme
  • Elderflower blossoms
  • Red clover
  • Yarrow

I used about the same amount of all herbs. Maybe a bit more yarrow.

Tea Blend for Dry Coughs

Plants I used:

  • English Platain
  • Mallow
  • grated and dried lemon peel

I used about a handful of plantain, half a handful of mallow and two or three pinches of lemon peels.

My Migraine Tea Blend

Plants I used:

  • Mint leaves
  • Rosmary needles
  • grated and dried lemon peel

This tea is a real life saver. I love the taste and I believe it also has helped me battling the oncoming migraine.

homemade tea blends packaged in glasses with tags

So much for my current homemade tea blends adventure. I have gathered some heb this year as well and I still need to combine them to this years blends. I have a slightly different collection. Also I was a bit more mindful of what I gathered. I knew I wasn’t going to give everyone tea again and so I just harvested what I will need for myself. Maybe one or two smaller gifts but that is about it.

Now let me know if you have done something similar too. Or maybe you don’t feel comfortable identifying the plants. Then you probably should not do it. As I mentioned above and stated on my Christmas wishlist I would love to learn more and maybe one day – post corona (if that ever happens) I will attend some workshop. For now I stick with the things I know and certain of.

Happy tea drinking

Tobia

6 thoughts on “Homemade Tea Blends

  1. So you actually find these herbs in nature? What a cool hobby!!! And what an incredibly thoughtful gift. That happiness tea especially sounds fantastic.

    1. Yes you can. There are so many edible plants out. We have just forgotten how to look for them and see them. The happiness tea was great. I think I am redoing that one.

  2. Wow, that is so awesome, Tobia. I never thought of making my own tea blend but of course, that makes sense and is (relatively) easy to do if you find the right plants. How did you know where to look for the plants? And do you dry them for the tea blends?
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    1. Yes I dry them. When I gather them and want tea in that moment I use them fresh. But you always need about double the amount for fresh tea. You could get started with herbs you grow yourself. Like the migraine tea is actually growing on my balcony. Other than that it is just a lot of observing. What grows where and at what time. Its knowledge I have gathered over the years I guess. But I still forget a lot too.

  3. A gift of personally blend teas – what a lovely gift that would be to receive!! I love the taste of tea..but really do not know much about their individual uses and all the ways to really use them well. So interesting –

    1. It is a rather specific hobby I guess. But it’s kept me sane in this pandemic and resulted in those blends. It is a lot of knowledge and I scrape only on the tip of the iceberg myself. Glad you enjoy your teas. Any favorite?

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