Make Your Own Homemade Teas

Nature provides lots of great tasting leaves, bark and flowers for making tea. Here are a few recipes made from edible plants.

If you're crazy about tea there are a lot of different recipes you can use to make your own. Usually the leaves or flowers are wrapped in a coffee filter and stepped in boiling water. Here are a few recipes and instructions for making herbal teas:

1) Angelica is a tea that tastes somewhat like licorice. The tea can be made by 3 tsp of fresh leaves or a teaspoon of dry leaves with 8 oz boiling water. Although the tea is beneficial for the urinary tract and digestion it's best to drink the tea sparingly.

2) Chamomile is a popular tea that tastes something like apples. The tea is said to relieve nausea and anxiety. It is also a sleep aid. 3 tsp of fresh flowers or a teaspoon of dried chamomile in 8 oz of boiling water is the normal recipe. Wrap in a coffee filter and let steep in the cup for 10 to 30 minutes then remove.

3) Lemon grass has a taste like its name suggests. The grass blades are used to make tea by steeping 2 tsp of fresh blades or a teaspoon of dried with 8 oz boiling water.

4) Rose hips are known for their vitamin C content and fruity taste. Use 2 tsp of fresh rose hips or 1 tsp of dried hips per 8 oz boiling water.

5) Lavender flowers relieve tension headaches and depression. Use 2 tsp of fresh lavender flowers or 1 tsp of dried flowers to an 8 oz cup of boiling water. Steep for only 5 minutes.



6) Anise is another plant that tastes a little like licorice. Steep 3 tsp of fresh leaf or 1 tsp of dry leaves in an 8 oz glass of boiling water. Steep for 10 minutes.

7) Coriander seeds give tea a taste similar to orange peel. Wrap the seeds in a coffee filter and steep in boiling water for 10 minutes.

8) Fennel seeds have a taste of licorice and peppermint. The seeds are known to relieve digestive problems. A heaping teaspoon of seeds are stepped in 8 oz of boiling water for 10 minutes.

9) Honey bush has a sweet taste and is full of vitamins and minerals. Steep 3 tsp fresh leaves or 1 tsp dried leaves in 8 oz boiling water.

10) Mint leaves have a great taste and are known to stave off hunger. Use 3 tsp of fresh leaves or a teaspoon of dried leaves and steep for 10 minutes.

11) Although thyme is somewhat bitter its medicinal uses are many. It soothes sore throats and aids with minor bowel problems. Add 3 tsp of fresh leaves or 2 tsp of dry to a coffee filter and steep for 10 minutes.

12) Cassia bark has a taste something like cinnamon. Place several pieces of bark from the cassia in cold water and bring to a rapid boil. Simmer until a third of the liquid has dissipated. Strain the bark out and add sugar if desired.

13) Rooibus has a taste like similar to those purchased in a store. The tea is known for relief of tension, allergies, sleep disorders and stomach cramps. Use one tsp of leaf to 8 oz boiling water and allow to steep 10 minutes or longer, depending upon the desired strength. Milk and sugar can be added to this tea.

Sugar can be added to many root and leaf teas to improve the taste. Steeping time can be shortened if a weaker tea is preferred.

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