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I would like to make my own teas for home and gifts this year. I am drying spearmint, peppermint, and chamomile. The mints are pretty self explanatory. For chamomile, I know I the have to save the flower heads, but do you mix it with something else? Does anyone else have other herb tea mixes or recipes to recommend? I'm so excited to be able to do this this year! :dance:
 

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I believe for chamomile you just save the dried heads. Same for chrysanthemum's (small ones).

http://www.gardenerspath.com/articles/herbalist/tea.html

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/54848/how_to_make_homemade_herbal_tea.html

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/25228/homemade_herbal_teabags_a_wonderful.html

http://www.ivillage.co.uk/health/comp/herb/articles/0,,181042_186010,00.html

Google homemade herbal teas, and you'll get tons of info! Good luck. I adore herbal teas. Let us know how it goes.

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You don't have to dry herbs to use them in tea. I just grab handfuls of fresh herbs, rumple them between my palms, put them in a pot or cup and pour boiling water over. After a 5-10 minute steep, they are ready to drink.

I'm not fond of spearmint in tea. My favourite tea mints are pepermint, ginger mint, pineapple mint and banana mint. Horehound flowers are nice and mintly too.

Lemon flavour can be obtained from lemon balm and lemon verbena.

Sweet Cicely and stevia add sweetness. I prefer sweet cicely, it has a slight licorice flavour.

Other herbs that are nice in tea are calendula flowers (adds good yellow colour), fennel (seeds and leaves), anise seeds, dill, feverfew (leaves), rosemary, parsley and sage.

Red clover flowers and alfalfa leaves and flowers contribute calcium.

I don't care for costmary tea. Bea balm needs to be used in small proportion.

Taste test your dried chamomile before blending it with anything. I don't remember which, but some chamomiles are lovely, others taste vile.
 

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The only thing I have done is peppermint, sometimes with some lemon balm, but I've always done them fresh. I have also purchased dried chamomile to make tea. I'm also growing my own stevia and using it, I found it doesn't do well fresh but is fine dried and crushed.

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Thanks! I have to grow something lemony :) Can I grow the balm or verbena in the house over winter so I could start some now?
 
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