Herbal Tea Recipes

November 22, 2008 at 7:00 pm 59 comments

Herbal Tea

I spent this past weekend handcrafting my loose-leaf herbal tea blends using the herbs I’d grown and dried myself.  I have to say that I’m pretty pleased with this year’s selection.  For starters, I have made 10 blends this time compared to the one blend last year.  But more importantly, some of these new recipes yeild some of the best herbal teas I’ve ever tasted (and I’m a big herbal tea drinker).  In particular, the Floral Fantasy Tea and the Spiced Anise Tea are outstanding.   

Herbs in tea mix

All herbs were grown in my own garden using organic growing practices (no chemical fertilizers or pesticides whatsoever).  I  handpicked the herbs so only the best leaves and flowers on the plants went into the teas.  Blends are my own creation, crafted with both taste and each herb’s properties in mind.  Each specially designed gift box has enough tea for 10 servings and detailed directions for brewing the perfect cup. 

Packaging mosaic

I will be selling these teas at the special Thanksgiving marketday at the Headhouse Market next Wednesday.  If any are left, they’ll be going up on my brand new shiny Etsy online shop that I’m in the midst of designing and where I’ll be selling some of my photography prints too.   Just in time for holiday gift giving…

Green box

I’ll actually be giving several gift bags to my loved ones this holiday that contain a box of tea, a jar of wildflower honey from my bee hive and an adorable candle made of bees wax and decorate with a little bee.  Cute, huh?  

Gift bag

HERBAL TEA RECIPES
Created by Straight from the Farm

Floral Fantasy Tea

3 parts Lavender
3 parts Yarrow
1 part Chamomile
1 part Stevia

Spiced Anise Tea

4 parts Anise Hyssop
1 part Cinnamon
1 part Vanilla Bean
1 part Cloves

Devoted Remembrance Tea

3 parts Rosemary
3 parts Lavender
3 parts Marjoram
2 parts Anise Hyssop

Dark Rose Tea

2 parts Rose Hips
3 parts Anise Hyssop
3 parts Yarrow
1 part Bergamot

Aromatic Mint Tea

2 parts Spearmint
1 part Marjoram
1 part Sweet Woodruff
1 part Sage

Tea mosaic

Good Start Tea

2 parts Yarrow
2 parts Rose Hips
2 parts Lavender
1 part Marjoram
1 part Stevia

Chocolate Mint Tea

4 parts Chocolate Mint
3 parts Lavender
2 parts Sweet Woodruff
1 part Stevia
1 part Rose Hips

Black Licorice Tea

2 parts Anise Hyssop
2 parts Bergamot
2 parts Marjoram
2 parts Spearmint

Everything & More Tea

1 part Lavender
1 part Yarrow
1 part Anise Hyssop
1 part Stevia
1 part Spearmint
1 part Bergamot
1 part Rose Hips
1 part Calendula

Love Charm Tea

3 parts Yarrow
1 part Lavender
1 part Anise Hyssop
1 part Spearmint

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59 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Andrea  |  November 22, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    What a lovely idea! I like to make my own herbal teas too, though I don’t have the variety you have.

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  • 2. yoko  |  November 22, 2008 at 8:47 pm

    Looking forward to seeing your Etsy shop!

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  • 3. A Food Coma » News » Weekly blogstroll  |  November 23, 2008 at 3:58 am

    [...] with my loose tea theme for this week, I was thrilled to see Straight from The Farm writing about homemade tea blends. What a creative and inexpensive gift [...]

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  • 4. smorgasbroad  |  November 23, 2008 at 11:19 am

    OOOOH. What a great idea, and you make it look so classy, too. How much of the loose tea do you use for each serving?

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  • 5. Jennie  |  November 23, 2008 at 11:44 am

    Smorgasbroad – Thanks! Generally I recommend using about a teaspoon of tea per 8 oz cup. That being said, it’s easy to stretch herbal teas by using less and steeping them longer to get the same amount of flavor (they don’t get bitter with longer steeping the way real teas do).

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  • 6. Jennifer  |  November 23, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    So Cute, SO creative!!! Thank you for all the recipes, Ive been looking for a variety of homemade loose tea mixes for a while! Great gifts! :D

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  • 7. plantmama  |  November 23, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    These sound fabulous.

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  • 8. Mel  |  November 23, 2008 at 3:27 pm

    Wonderful idea! :D

    Might I ask where you get the ingredients to do this if you don’t have them from your own garden? I would love to do this for my mother!

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  • 9. Allie  |  November 23, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    How lovely! I’m excited for when your etsy shop is up and running.

    Are you using bergamot mint, or bergamot orange, by the way?

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  • 10. pixen  |  November 24, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    lovely… lovely… and yummy. You have a wonderful site with great tea mixes and photographs. Please keep us update on your etsy shop!

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  • 11. Jennie  |  November 24, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    Mel – Sadly, I’m not sure where you can get bulk singular herbs for tea making if you don’t grow them yourself (I’ve never had to look since I grow all my own). I would suggest visiting farmers markets in the summer and gathering up bunches of herbs to dry yourself. You could also experiment with growing some of the easier herbs in pots on your windowsill (mint in particular in nearly impossible to kill so you don’t have to be a master gardener to grow it). Hope that helps! :)

    Allie – It’s Monarda didyma, the mint, as I haven’t the climate to grow the orange. :)

    Pixen – The Etsy shop is up and running! See the link in the post I made right after this one. :)

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    • 12. Erika  |  November 20, 2010 at 11:30 pm

      You can get the loose dried herbs at health food stores!

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    • 13. Debbie  |  June 19, 2012 at 1:04 pm

      herbalcom.com has bulk herbs

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    • 14. Jennifer Heinzel  |  July 11, 2012 at 9:23 pm

      Mountain Rose Herbs is a good place, so is Frontier herbs…but local herbal/natural health stores are good :) or asking farmers to harvest their unwanted plants.

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  • 15. Ana Powell  |  November 26, 2008 at 4:15 am

    Hi
    I found your blog through “Mirepoix”.
    Congratulations, you do a fantastic work.
    Great tea mixture and beautiful photographs. Delightful.
    Ana x

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  • 16. Karen  |  November 26, 2008 at 11:31 am

    You are so generous! I think if I made my own tea I would like the IDEA of sharing it, but in the end I would want to drink it all on my own! I wish I was close enough to come buy some this weekend. I’ll keep my fingers crossed I can get some on Etsy.

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  • 18. Lainie Petersen  |  December 5, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    Beautiful photography and boxes. Love your blends, too. I bet these taste great!

    Never tried these folks, but they seem to have a lot of bulk single herbs available: http://www.mountainroseherbs.com

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  • 19. Elaine  |  February 12, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    I love your idea! Your teas sound wonderful! I wanted to try to make my own tea this year. Do you by any chance have a recipe for ginger peach mango tea?

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    • 20. Jennie  |  February 12, 2009 at 9:04 pm

      Elaine – Glad you like the tea post. I actually only used herbs and a few spices in mine so I don’t know how to incorporate fruit like peach and mango. Ginger can be minced, dried, and then put in a tea blend. Sorry I can’t be of much help with that particular recipe but I definitely encourage you to try making your own tea it’s really rather fun!

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  • 21. Ashley  |  March 4, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    I really liked your tea!!! but alot of the times i just want one cup perhaps you could make how much to do for one cup? otherwise though it was really great

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    • 22. Jennie  |  March 5, 2009 at 12:19 pm

      Ashley – Glad you liked the post. As I replied to Smorgasboard in #5, it’s best to brew about 1 teaspoon of tea to an 8 oz cup of boiling water. Hope that helps!

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  • 24. Samantha  |  December 10, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    Exactly how much tea does each recipe yield? Is that one tea bag, one tin of looseleaf …?

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    • 25. Jennie  |  December 10, 2009 at 4:07 pm

      Samantha – the recipes are written in ratios so that you can adapted them to any portions you want. When I was making mine, I was making very large batches that would yeild about 20 cups.

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  • 26. Danica Volks  |  January 26, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    Thanks for this recipes. I have now a variety. I can serve this to my family in which, all of them are addicted to tea. I can also drink this while betting on my favorite betting horse online site. Again Thanks a lot.

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  • 27. Mandy Dahlquist  |  February 24, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing! Can’t wait to see your Etsy shop!

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  • 30. homes-n-gardens  |  October 20, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Thanks very much for the recipes. Just what I was looking for.

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  • 31. Angel  |  November 17, 2010 at 3:16 am

    great tea info..but you’re photography is outstanding!

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  • 32. Alanna  |  December 9, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    So Excited to make these teas as holiday gifts. How do you use the Stevia and are you referring to the powdered Stevia from say the grocery store? Many thanks for the post!

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  • 33. Debbie  |  June 15, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    When using the vanilla bean, cinnamon, and cloves are you using them whole, chopped, grated? If grated or chopped how fine or course should they be?

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  • 36. Knitn' Green  |  December 17, 2011 at 11:21 am

    So happy I followed the link from Crunchy Betty! I grew & harvested lots of herbs this year & was looking for a few more combinations!

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  • 37. Jay  |  January 16, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    I am thinking of having a herd garden myself. Which is the best source for seeds for these plants.

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  • 39. Ruth Paulson  |  April 30, 2012 at 9:24 am

    I grow yarrow in my garden. Would I use the flower or the leaves for the tea?

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  • 42. JamieK  |  November 21, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    I pinned this page up on my pinterest! What a great idea! I can’t wait to plan out my own herbs and mix them!

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  • 43. Donna  |  December 13, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    In your recipes for teas, what does “part” mean? Is there a recommended measurement for “part” if your making say – enough to make 20 tea bags per recipe?

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  • 45. dominick  |  March 12, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    i would try adding ginkgo biloba to your good start tea, it stimulates blood flow to the brain. also i think it would be good to try mountain mint, its really underrated and it tastes great.

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  • 47. Therese Tetzel  |  May 17, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Lovely, I will try a few of these recipes….one question for you. I purchased a Tea from a restaurant called Cocoa Rose. I think it would be easy to make with cocoa nibs and dried rose petals but I am unsure about the amount of ingredients or the ratio of cocoa to rose petals. What would you do?

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  • 49. Ms M  |  June 27, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    I am planning on making some of these for my friends baby shower. are all the ingredients safe for pregnant women?

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  • 50. kristen  |  August 13, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    can i put nsome of these teabags over my eyes?

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  • 51. kristen  |  August 13, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    like the lavendar and chamomile wouldnt that be great over our eyes in a homemade tea bag?or could that harm me or what other things would be good

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  • 52. kristen  |  August 13, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    i know this probably isnt the right place to ask that but i can find any answers anywhere else

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  • 54. AunteaPam  |  December 19, 2013 at 10:10 am

    I went a little crazy and purchased several flavors of black teas online. I want to make my own flavor blends, i.e., Masala Chai, almond joy, orange chocolate, etc.,I am trying to figure out what other tea will blend well with the black tea to mellow the “tea” flavor and let some of the other flavors through. I am a novice blender, but hope to create some delicious teas to share with my tea-loving friends without breaking the bank! I have all of my core ingredients, but am trying to determine which other tea I can add to mellow the black tea flavor. A green rooibos or white tea, perhaps? Any suggestions are welcome!

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