Tea blends give you the opportunity to not only achieve the best possible flavor, but to also take advantage of the numerous health benefits associated with these tasty beverages. With this in mind, it makes sense to either purchase pre-blended teas or to take the time to put your own blends together with the following recipes.
1. Herbal Digestive Blend
If you are having digestive issues, an herbal digestive tea blend could provide you with the relief you need.
- 1 part dried lemongrass
- 1 part dried goldenrod flowers and leaves
- 1 part whole Hawthorne berries
- ½ part dried licorice root (can substitute honey or stevia leaf if desired)
- ½ part dried ginger root
Combine all of your ingredients together and use one heaping tablespoon of the resulting mixture for every 8 ounces of water. Cover the mix of your tea blend and water and allow it to steep for 5 to 15 minutes. Be sure to strain the tea before drinking.
2. Soothing Lemon Tisane
At least 50 percent of Americans will cope with a highly stressful situation this year, and lower level stressors are a daily occurrence. To help calm your nerves, it is a good idea to indulge in a soothing lemon tisane tea blend.
- 3 parts lemon grass
- 1 part chamomile
- 1 part lemon peel
- 1 part lemon balm
- 1/8 part cut stevia leaf
Put all of the herbs together into a glass jar and shake it until everything is mixed. For every 8 ounces of water, add 1 teaspoon of the resulting lemon tisane mix. You can easily make this tea blend with a teapot or tea strainer. Cover the mixture with boiling water and allow it to steep for 5 to 10 minutes. If desired, add raw honey to boost the flavor.
3. Vitamin C Herbal Tea Blend
Vitamin C is an immune booster, which makes this tea blend the perfect choice when you start to feel run down.
- 4 tablespoons rose hips
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon chips
- 1 tablespoon lemongrass
- 1 teaspoon fennel seed
- 1 teaspoon hibiscus flowers
- ½ teaspoon of lemon peels
- 4 cups of filtered water
- Ice (optional)
- Fresh fruit juice or raw honey (optional)
Combine all of the dry herb ingredients in a medium-sized bowl. Next, fill a medium-sized tea kettle or saucepan with water and bring it to a boil. Put four tablespoons of your tea mix into the water and cover everything. Wait 45 minutes for the steeping process to finish, then strain the tea. You can sweeten the tea with raw honey or fresh fruit juice. Add ice if you prefer to get a cold infusion of vitamin C.
4. Schisandra Five-Flavor Tea
If you have adrenal issues or are feeling highly stressed out, the Schisandra Five-Flavor Tea can provide you with some much-needed adaptogen support.
- 2 tablespoons of Schisandra Berries
- 2 tablespoons Elderberries (optional)
- 6 small pieces of licorice root (break into tiny pieces; skip this ingredient if you have high blood pressure)
- A palm full of dried eleuthero
- Peeled and coarsely chopped 5- or 6-inch knob of ginger
- 1 tablespoon of dried green stevia leaves
- 1 crushed cinnamon stick
Combine the entire mixture, except for the stevia, in a saucepan. Cover the tea blend with 4 cups of water. Cover the saucepan and bring the water to a boil. Add the stevia and replace the lid. Reduce the heat to medium-low and let it simmer for 15 minutes. Strain the tea, put the results into a large pitcher and add 8 more cups of water. This makes 12 servings.
5. Brioche Tea Latte Recipe
Sometimes, the best way to boost your health is by taking care of your emotional needs. Brioche Tea Latte is definitely a comfort tea, and it gives you a sweet flavor without being as unhealthy for you as actually eating brioche.
- 4 teaspoons of Brioche Black Tea Blend
- 14 ounces of water heated to 208 degrees Fahrenheit
- 1 Diamond Sugar Stir
- 1 teaspoon of sugar
- 4 tablespoons of warmed and frothed half & half
- Ground cinnamon (optional)
- Whipped cream (optional)
Put the Brioche Black Tea Blend into an infuser basket and secure the basket in a mug. Next, pour the heated water into the mug and cover it. The tea should steep for approximately 5 to 8 minutes. During the last minute of this step, you can warm and froth your half & half. Remove the infuser basket before you pour in the frothed half & half and add your sugar. Stir well. If desired, add the optional ground cinnamon and/or the whipped cream.
6. Vanilla Rooibos Tea Blend
This caffeine-free tea combines the mood enhancing benefits of vanilla with rooibos’ long list of perks, including relieving hadaches, insomnia, eczema, and hypertension.
- 2 parts rooibos tea
- 1 part calendula petals
- 1 part safflower petals
- 1 part rose hips
- ½ part vanilla
Put one heaping teaspoon of this tea blend into every 8 ounces of water. Cover everything and steep the tea for 3 to 5 minutes. Strain the tea before consuming.
7. Autumn Tonic Tea
This tea has been designed specifically to provide a balance of necessary nutrients for the autumn and winter months, but it can be beneficial at any time. Nettle is the primary ingredient, and this offers several health benefits, such as preventing kidney stones, treating eczema, and acting as a natural pain reliever.
- 4 parts nettle leaf
- 3 parts lemon balm
- 3 parts spearmint
- 2 parts red clover blossoms
- 2 parts of dandelion root and leaf combined
- 1 part dried, cut, and sifted ginger root
- 1 part rose hips
Combine all of the ingredients. Boil 4 cups of water and pour it over your blend. Let this mixture steep for anywhere from 15 minutes to 8 hours. Strain the tea and then drink it while it is hot or cold.
8. Smokey Pu’erh Tea
Pu’erh is sought after by tea enthusiasts for its taste and beneficial properties, including its ability to lower the drinker’s cholesterol.
- 3 parts Pu’erh
- 2 parts chrysanthemum
- 1 part lapsong souchong
Boil 8 ounces of water and add 1 heaping teaspoon of the tea blend. Steep for approximately 3 to 5 minutes. Strain and flavor with your choice of honey, milk, sugar, or cream.
9. Tummy Tamer Tea
This tea was created to help soothe stomach problems, especially those that are caused by gluten intolerance.
- 1 part calendula
- 1 part fennel
- 1 part marshmallow root
- 1 part chamomile
Put your mixture together and add one tablespoon to 8 ounces of hot water. Steep for at least five minutes before straining.
10. Jack Frost Tea
During the summer months, nothing feels more refreshing than a hint of winter. The Jack Frost tea blend brings the winter spirit to life, and it also has a calming effect. Indigestion and headaches are other problems that this tea blend can help to resolve.
- ¼ cup dried spearmint leaves
- ¼ cup dried peppermint leaves
Put the herbs into a glass jar and shake until everything is thoroughly mixed. Add one teaspoon of the blend to every 8 ounces of water. Put the desired amount into a teapot or tea strainer before covering it with boiling water. Allow the tea to steep for 5 to 10 minutes before straining.
As you can see, there are many tea variations that can offer positive health benefits. Be sure to store any leftover dry herb mixes in airtight containers for future usage.
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