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    July 02, 2020 4 min read

    Crafting Tea Blends


    Loose leaf tea blends are becoming extremely popular due to their ‘less-waste’ style (think no tea bags, tags, etc), and their many benefits for the body as they are pure plant leaves as opposed to some of the dust you get in conventional tea bags. I don’t know about you, but the tea from pure green tea leaves versus a green tea bag from a shop-bought brand is like drinking a different tea altogether! You can also customise your own tea blend specifically for your needs, and create a myriad of amazing flavours. Crafted tea blends make great, unique gifts as well. What’s not to love?


    Blending Loose Leaf Teas

    The plant kingdom is a large one, and as you can imagine there are hundreds of different dried botanicals and loose leaf teas to choose from. Each has their own unique properties and benefits so you do need to do some research if you are wanting to craft a medicinal tea.  


    When building your tea blend, you can either make up a completely unique tea blend, or you can choose a ‘base’ tea such as Oolong, Pu’erh, black tea, green tea, Darjeeling etc and then add some extras to it.


    Here are some great blends for different purposes to get you started on your tea journey!




    Immune Boosting Blends

    Immune boosting teas are a wonderful way to give your immune system a little boost and tea is a great comfort in the cold weather. There are many botanicals with exceptional immune boosting properties and we’ll harness some of them here.


    Green tea and echinacea are potent immune boosters. Combined with a little chilli for a touch of heat, lemongrass as a tonic and aniseed which is great for any phlegm and coughs, this is a powerful tea.


    Cold Weather and Flu Fighter Tea

    1 tsp aniseed

    2 tsp lemongrass

    ½ tsp chilli

    2 tsp echinacea

    2 tsp peppermint




    This tea is great for soothing a sore throat. The sage and liquorice fight inflammation and marshmallow is soothing.

    Sore Throat Tea

    1 tsp sage

    1 tsp liquorice

    1 tsp marshmallow




    One glance at this blend and you can tell it has great immune boosting abilities!

    Immuni Tea

    3 tsp elderberries

    2 tsp peppermint

    2 tsp white willow bark

    2 tsp echinacea

    2 tsp feverfew



    Here is a variation, also containing powerful immune properties.

    Immuni Tea 2

    3 tsp echinacea

    1 tsp nettle

    2 tsp olive leaf

    2 tsp calendula flowers

    2 tsp hibiscus

    1 tsp dried ginger




    Digestive Blends


    Tea is actually a great way to combat digestive disorders, discomfort, improve the digestive process and just the general wellbeing of our tummies.


    This tummy tea is packed with botanicals that are all great for digestion.

    Tummy Tea

    Makes 3-4 cups

    2 tsp fennel

    2 tsp peppermint

    2 tsp wild als

    2 tsp calendula flowers

    2 tsp lemon verbena




    Ginger is a well known remedy for nausea and discomfort, and fennel is great for digestion, bloating and gas.

    Tummy Tea 2

    Makes 3-4 cups

    2 tsp Oolong as a base tea

    2 tsp dried ginger or ginger pieces. You can also use fresh ginger but use a little less as it is strong

    2 tsp orange blossoms

    2 tsp ginseng

    2 tsp fennel



    Sleep Blends

    Certain botanicals are highly effective at calming the body and getting it ready for the sleep state.


    This sleep tea is a stunning blend of flowers that will have you in dreamland in no time.

    Sleepy Tea

    Makes 3-4 cups

    2 tsp chamomile

    2 tsp lemon verbena

    2 tsp hibiscus

    2 tsp rose petals

    2 tsp lavender




    More specifically for insomnia and sleeping disorders, this tea is very powerful.

    Insomnia

    Makes 2 cups

    3 tsp chamomile

    1 tsp passionflower

    1 tsp skullcap

    1 tsp kava kava root

    1 tsp lavender



    Headaches

    What better way to soothe a headache than with a calming cuppa. These botanicals all work together to relieve pain and stress.


    Migraine Relief

    2 tsp feverfew

    2 tsp rosemary

    1 tsp sage

    2 tsp white willow bark

    2 tsp lavender




    Flavour Blends

    One of the most exciting parts about blending your own tea is all the different flavours you can create! Here are a couple to give you inspiration.


    For those that enjoy a caffeine-free coffee, try chicory blended with some cacao, cinnamon and orange for an exceptional taste experience.

    Herbal Coffee

    3 tsp roasted chicory

    1 tsp cacao nibs

    ½ tsp orange peel

    ½ tsp cinnamon chips




    Something different for the green tea lovers.

    Fragrant Green & White Tea

    2 tsp Chinese white tea as a base

    2 tsp green tea 

    1 tsp jasmine blossoms

    ½ tsp spearmint 

    ½ tsp orange blossoms




    ‘Chocolatea’ Blend

    Makes 1-2 cups

    1 tsp finely chopped choc chips - they will melt when you pour hot water over them

    2 tsps rooibos 

    2 cm of vanilla pod

    ½ tsp of cacao nibs

    If you like a choc mint flavour, add in ¼ tsp  peppermint




    Spicy Chai

    Makes 2-3 cups

    3-5 tsp black tea as a base

    1 teaspoon dried ginger 

    ½ tsp peppercorns

    2 sticks of cinnamon bark

    1 tsp cardamom

    1 tsp cloves

    Sweeten with milk and honey



    We hope you found these tea blends inspiring!


    SHOP THE TOP INGREDIENTS: rooiboscacao nibscinnamon barkchamomileechinaceapeppermintfennel


    3 Responses

    Mlamli Nodongwe
    Mlamli Nodongwe

    July 22, 2020

    Thas great whaaw

    Juliette
    Juliette

    July 09, 2020

    Sounds absolutely divine! Thanks for sharing Wickus!

    Wickus Coetzee
    Wickus Coetzee

    July 09, 2020

    Feel Good Blend:
    Chamomile, Rose Petals, Orange Peel, Lemon Balm, Oat Straw, Lavender, Stevia

    Before Bed Tea:
    Hibiscus, Lemon Peel, Orange Peel, Rosehip, Rose Petals.

    Licorice Mint:
    Pepermint, Licorice Root, a dash of cloves.

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