A nice little present is to give someone a tea blend you composed yourself. There are so many options and you can give it a personal touch by including an herb with a specific benefit that speaks to the receiver.
When blending tea, it is not only about which taste combinations go well together; tea is also about scent and look. For instance, dried lavender smells amazing, while blue cornflower adds beautiful bright blue accents to the dried leaves. Part of the fun is discovering new combinations.
Some health benefits listed:
Anise – good for digestion, insomnia.
Black tea– digestive benefits, beneficial effects on skin, hair health, and bones.
Chamomile– stress reliever, eases headaches, soothes the digestive tract and strengthens the immune system.
Cinnamon – treatment for colds, digestive problems and painful menstrual periods.
Cornflower – treats infections, water retention and constipation.
Fennel seed– digestive functioning and enhanced immunity and eye health.
Ginger – treats nausea, muscle pain, and anti-inflammatory effects.
Green tea – good source of antioxidants.
Hibiscus – relief from high blood pressure and high cholesterol, as well as digestive, immune system, and inflammatory problems. May help in the treatment of hypertension and anxiety.
Lavender – supporting tired muscles, treating insomnia and indigestion.
Licorice root– soothes your stomach and reduces stress.
Nettle leaves – great source of iron, managing and easing allergy symptoms, such as sneezing, congestion, itching, and inflammation.
Raspberry leaves– very beneficial to women’s health.
Rooibos -packed with antioxidants and may be good for the heart, digestion and bones.
Rose – Vitamin C, good for the skin, emotional harmony.
Rosehip – a great boost for your immune system.
Sage – used for treating digestive problems, depression, memory loss.
Three suggested tea blends;
Sweet Christmas Tea (makes about 1 tea pot)
- 3 Tbsp of black tea
- 1 Tbsp of rooibos
- 1 Tbsp of dried orange peel
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 4 star anise pods
- 1 tsp of ginger powder
Blue Magic Tea (makes about 1 tea pot)
- 3 Tbsp of black tea
- 1 tsp of lavender
- 1 tsp of cornflower
Women’s health tea (also good and tasty for men though;))
- 3 Tbsp of dried raspberry leaves
- 1 Tbsp of chamomile
- 1 tsp of rose leaves
- ½ tsp of licorice root