Easy Tea Crafting: How To Make Your Own Tea Blends in 4 Steps

Yummy Yuletide Tea crafted by Kitty the Dreamer.
Yummy Yuletide Tea crafted by Kitty the Dreamer. | Source

Making Your Own Teas

Perhaps you are a tea enthusiast and you recently have wondered, how do I start making my own tea blends? Teavana is expensive and Celestial Seasonings is just plain boring...so why not create your own custom blends of tea and herbs to indulge your taste buds and creative flow?

When I first had the interest in making my own tea blends, I couldn't find much on the topic online or in the library. So then I decided to figure it out all on my own. It's not as difficult as one might imagine, but it does take some time and dedication to getting the perfect blends down to a science. I am sharing my process of tea crafting with you now so that you can have an easier time making your own tea blends than what I had! Feel free to use my tips and add to them whatever you feel is necessary to make your tea blends unique to your style and personal preferences.

Very Berry Chamomile Tea Blend by KittytheDreamer
Very Berry Chamomile Tea Blend by KittytheDreamer | Source

1. Identify Your Base Ingredient

Get out a bowl and pour about a handful of the base ingredient into the bowl.

The first thing you'll want to do when crafting your own tea blend is to think of what the main ingredient should be. We will call this ingredient the "base" of our tea blends. The base ingredient should be the ingredient that one can taste the easiest in the blend...basically think of the base ingredient in the tea as being the main character of a play. You want your tea to be centered on the base ingredient just as a play is centered around the main character but you will also want supporting flavors just as a play has supporting role characters.

Here are a few ideas as to some of the best base ingredients to use:

  • Black teas: English Breakfast, Assam, Earl Grey, Irish Breakfast, Darjeeling
  • Green teas: Dragonwell, gunpowder, Matcha, Green snail spring, Tie guan yin
  • Red teas: red rooibos, honeybush, honeyroo
  • Herbs: peppermint, lemon balm, blackberry leaf, raspberry leaf, marshmallow


You'll want to do your research on your base ingredient, and really you should know whether you like the base ingredient or not. Don't use a base ingredient that you know nothing about or have never tasted before. The base ingredient is what you are literally basing your entire tea blend concept around...so choose a good one.

Blackberry leaf makes for a wonderful and healthy base ingredient to many tea blends.
Blackberry leaf makes for a wonderful and healthy base ingredient to many tea blends. | Source

2. Add Complimenting Flavors

Pour your complimenting flavor(s) into the same bowl as your base ingredient. Blend carefully with your clean hand or with a spoon.

The 2nd step in the process of tea crafting is to add your complimenting flavors. This can be as many complimenting flavors as you would like, but I would say as a general rule anywhere from 3-5 complimenting flavors. If that amount scares you, start out with just 2 or 3. Remember when choosing your complimenting flavors that you should go off of flavors that you already know...and think about how they will combine with your base ingredient. You want these flavors to compliment the base, not overwhelm or overpower your base. Kind of like the supporting characters in a play.

Great Complimenting Herbs to try:

  • chamomile
  • hibiscus
  • rosemary leaf
  • rosehips
  • cinnamon
  • elder flower
  • vanilla bean
  • basil
  • thyme
  • lemon verbena
  • anise
  • lavender
  • chrysanthemum
  • catnip
  • marjoram
  • rose petals

3. Taste Test Your Blend

After you've blended your base ingredient with your complimenting flavor(s), you will want to taste test your blend!

This is the part where you ask yourself, is this tea blend actually drink-able? So get your water boiling and test out your first tea blend!

If you find one of your complimenting flavors is overwhelming the rest of your tea, repeat steps 1 and 2 but add less of that complimenting flavors. There are no measurements when I craft my teas, I simply go off of what feels/looks right! So don't stress out over measurements, just eye it!

Or if you find you don't have enough of the complimenting flavors and you only taste the base, add more of your complimenting flavors. It's as easy as that. Then taste-test it again and again until it is just right. Crafting the perfect tea blend is all about finding that heavenly balance between the base and complimenting ingredients.

Add dried lemon to a blend of black tea and elder flowers!
Add dried lemon to a blend of black tea and elder flowers! | Source
This tea blend has almonds in it!
This tea blend has almonds in it! | Source

4. Add Fruits, Nuts, & Sweeteners

Now add a few extra flavors as you see fit.

When you've mixed the perfect blend of the base tea and complimenting herbs/teas, you might want to think about adding the finishing touches. Don't forget that making the perfect tea blend is all about your creativity!

In addition to herbs and teas, you can also use various types of fruits, nuts, legumes, and sweeteners in order to make your tea blend one of a kind and absolutely delicious.

As far as fruits, I find that dehydrated/dried fruits work the best because you can mix them right into your tea blend and it will stay fresh for months right along with the tea itself.

Here are some dried fruits that you can try in your tea blends:

  • lemon peel
  • orange peel
  • grapefruit peel
  • blueberries
  • raspberries
  • strawberries
  • hawthorn berries
  • rosehips
  • bananas
  • goji berries

What about nuts and legumes? Can you add those to your tea blends? Of course you can!

Try these out in your tea blends:

  • almonds
  • pecans
  • walnuts
  • salted peanuts
  • hazelnuts

And last but not least, if you have a sweet tooth like me you might be inclined to add some sort of sweetener to your tea blend. You can do this with each cup or blend it right into your tea blend to save yourself time per every drink.

Try these sweeteners in your tea blends:

  • sugar (powdered or cubed!)
  • brown sugar
  • stevia leaf
  • sweetened cacao nibs
  • chocolate chips
  • honey

Magnolia buds can be drank as a tea in order to clear sinuses! Though they don't taste the best.
Magnolia buds can be drank as a tea in order to clear sinuses! Though they don't taste the best. | Source

Tea Blends You Can Try:

Base
1st Complementing
2nd Complementing
Oolong
Hibiscus
Lemon
English Breakfast
Anise
Vanilla Bean
Peppermint
Spearmint
Chamomile
Lemon Balm
Marjoram
Catnip
Red Rooibos
Bee Balm
Almonds

Wrapping Up Your Tea Blends

Now that you've learned the easy steps to tea crafting your own blends, you can go crazy with trying various herbs, teas, nuts, fruits, and all manner of brew-able ingredients. The sky is the limit with tea crafting, as long as you're selecting edible and delicious ingredients.

If you're crafting tea blends simply for tasting pleasures, go with what tastes the best; however, if you're going with a medicinal tea you will want to do your research on the medicinal properties of each ingredient and base your tea blend off of your medicinal need. Be careful how much you drink, and if you have any medical problems consult your doctor or health care provider before starting a regimen of medicinal teas.

Also, please be careful while drinking certain teas during your pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Some teas/herbs can be dangerous in large amounts to you and/or your baby. The point is that you must do your research!

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kittythedreamer 21 months ago from the Ether Author

Kristen - You can buy many of these herbs online at discount herb websites such as Mountain Rose Herbs, etc. Or you can buy some of them from the grocery store in smaller quantities.


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Kristen Howe 21 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Cool hub! I love to make my own teas someday--hot and iced version. So creative and fun! Now I wonder where do you find and buy the ingredients to do so.


Okeu 2 years ago

This article are very useful for my work, many thanks its so inspiring


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kittythedreamer 2 years ago from the Ether Author

Thanks, Kathleen!


Kathleen Moohan 2 years ago

Thankyou all for sharing what a gift inspiring uplifting healthy educational encouraging & I may attemp some time soon happy I came across this


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kittythedreamer 2 years ago from the Ether Author

ButterflyWings - Thanks for sharing! I love thyme. Mostly I use chamomile for sinus problems, but yes herbs are amazing.


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ButterflyWings 2 years ago

Kitty, this is a great article - simple, clear, and inspiring. You have clearly reached many people with the message that tea drinking is a creative and fun endeavor.

I love herbs and teas, and over the years have "accidentally" created several of my own blends, just by asking, "Hm, so what happens if I add this"...usually directly to the cup after the base ingredient is already steeping. Some blends have been very pleasurable, others have been rather medicinal yet fulfilled their purpose. Adding experimental ingredients right in the cup ensures I don't mess up a quantity of otherwise good tea.

Also, I wanted to mention that thyme is a particularly easy and helpful herb for sinus and breathing troubles, as I saw some of your readers are looking to target that area. It doesn't always blend unoffensively, but can be made palatable several ways. (Black tea base works fine for this, mostly.)

I love your blend suggestions chart.


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kittythedreamer 2 years ago from the Ether Author

randomcreative - Thanks so much! Give it a try. :)


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randomcreative 2 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

I've never made my own teas, but I'm intrigued now! I love the idea of customizing flavors to suit personal tastes and preferences. Homemade teas are also a great gift. Thanks for the detailed guide!


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kittythedreamer 2 years ago from the Ether Author

heidi - Gotta love tea!

Suzanne - Awesome! Thank you for reading.

Careermommy - Yes, Teavana is great...just expensive! Enjoy!


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Careermommy 2 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

What a great hub. I love teas and Tevana is one of my favorite spots to buy these great teas. Now, to make my own tea blends is a challenge that I'll enjoy tackling.


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Suzanne Day 2 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Finally, someone wrote the hub I was going to do 3 years ago and never got around to! Well done and may I say what a good job you have made of it. Voted useful as it will definitely come in handy in my kitchen ;)


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heidithorne 2 years ago from Chicago Area

I LOVE tea... a daily habit with me! Gotta admit I never considered making my own. Voted up and shared!


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kittythedreamer 2 years ago from the Ether Author

prasetio30 - Thanks so much.


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prasetio30 2 years ago from malang-indonesia

I love tea and I found this hub very useful. Thanks for sharing with us. Voted up :-)

Prasetio


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kittythedreamer 2 years ago from the Ether Author

purl3agony - Give it a shot! :)


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kittythedreamer 2 years ago from the Ether Author

Dolores - I plan on giving away some teas this Christmas actually! Try it out and let me know what you think.


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purl3agony 2 years ago from USA

This is so interesting. I've never tried making my own tea, but would love to! Voted up and pinned!!


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Dolores Monet 2 years ago from East Coast, United States

Hi Kitty - wouldn't personal tea blends make a wonderful gift? This is so inspiring. My family are all tea drinkers and we keep a whole shelf full of various teas. I must try this. I thought of creating a tea mostly of things that grow in my yard, but it has not been enough. Now is the time to plan ahead for a project like this. (Voted up, etc)


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kittythedreamer 2 years ago from the Ether Author

phyllis doyle - Thanks so much! I am so happy I wrote a half-way inspiring hub. :) Sounds like you have them planned out...let me know how they work out for you!

midnightbliss - Give it a shot! Sounds like you already know what you're doing. ;)

word55 - Your garden sounds lovely! Thanks for reading. :)


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word55 2 years ago from Chicago

Hi Kitty thedreamer and Phyllis Doyle. This is all good. At the end of the summer I usually shred my blueberry/blackberry trees just before the leaves turn colors and fall. I make enough tea to last me the winter. I have those, grapevines and others behind my office. I really enjoy my garden. I call it my organic haven. Great hubs Thank you


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midnightbliss 2 years ago from Hermosa Beach

Until reading your hub I had never considered making my own special tea blends. I love this idea. As an avid drinker of tea I have tried several flavors over the years. In particular, I have grown fond of adding peppermint to Earl Grey and chamomile blends, but now having read your suggestions I think I will experiment with dried fruits and nuts. ~ Thanks! Voted up. ; )


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

My gosh, Kitty, you have really got me enthused about making my own tea blends. This is an awesome and very helpful article. I want to make two main teas, one for taste pleasure and one for lung / sinus congestion. My basic for both would be English Breakfast or Stash Christmas Breakfast, both are very good black teas. Thank you so much for this hub and all your tips.

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