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Home Made Tea: Homemade Tea Blends to Tickle Your Tongue

Updated on February 13, 2016

The Art of Tea Blends - Homemade Tea and Creative Holiday Tea Blends

Learning how to make your own tea blends is a fun and rewarding way to create homemade tea blends. What do you get when your banana falls into your fresh cup of green tea? You get a homemade tea blend! (and a sticky mess) Well, maybe that isn't your idea of a homemade tea blend but some of the best tea blends are a result of accidental discoveries, and tea lovers world wide are "accidentally" on purpose creating homemade loose leaf tea recipes for their own enjoyment and to share with others.

I thought it would be fun to highlight some of the crazy concoctions and tantalizing tea temptations that people are brewing at home, and give you the opportunity to try out these home made tea blends for yourself. I recently discovered a tea-licious new section of my favorite online tea store, Adagio Teas, dedicated to customers who have created their own tea blends - and oh what delicious fun - you can actually buy these fantastically creative tea blends as well!

Not only that but making your own tea blends is fun and easy with a new tool they have recently released (you can even earn free tea!) - look for more info below...

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The Zen of Blended Tea Enjoy the magical movement of tea-licious tea.

The magic of a Green tea blend
The magic of a Green tea blend

How to Make Tea Blends

The Art of creating homemade loose leaf tea recipes that work

What is so hard about making your own tea blends you may ask? Well, one would think if you throw in a little of this and a little of that to your favorite tea you'd have a great homemade tea blend. I mean I love blueberries so why can't I just put a few dried blueberries into a cup of white tea - sounds like a nice fruit tea blend right?

It turns out that isn't how tea blending works. The flavor of the tea doesn't actually come from the dried fruit that you see in a blended batch of tea. The flavor actually comes from essential oils that are mixed with the tea. John Harney, who has been blending tea for over 30 years actually uses a small cement mixer to mix the tea, essential oils, and dried fruit in 25 pound batches. He uses a different plastic liner for each blend so the flavors don't mix.

25 pounds of tea may be a bit much for you and me but the basics are the same, all you need to make your own homemade tea blends is some essential oils, your favorite loose leaf tea, a few pieces of dried fruit for looks and a way to mix the batch as uniformly as possible. Getting a tea blend that tastes good is the tricky part. But practice makes perfect...

Another option for those of us that don't have the patience to make our own tea blends from scratch is to combine flavored teas - that way the hard part is done for us, just mix and match your favorite tea flavors, brew a cup and you are ready to enjoy! Adagio Teas has a very nice selection of flavored teas - try a few and make some mighty fine tea blends without all the worry about the right essential oil mix.

They have recently made it even easier to make your own tea blends - head on over to their tea blend section and click the 'ol button that says "Create a Blend (Easy Peasy)". They have a fun new tool that allows you to pick three of their fantastic teas for your blend - even specifying what percentage of the tea for each, then you type your tea blend name, a short description and even a story if you'd like. Then you get to select the artwork to represent the blend (or upload your own!) Kapow! Just like that you have a new unique tea blend designed by you! You can share it with others or keep it all to yourself - you decide. How cool is that? Oh and the best part is that you earn frequent cup points every time someone buys your blend - which means free tea for you! I know exciting huh?

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Herbal Teas: 101 Nourishing Blends for Daily Health & Vitality
Herbal Teas: 101 Nourishing Blends for Daily Health & Vitality

I adore this boook - it's creative, well-written, informative, and with a wealth of ideas and information. I use it constantly to reference for my business, and use it personally to make teas for myself and as gifts for family.

 

A guide to making your own tea blends - Make your own loose leaf tea blend

If you would like to make your own tea blends from scratch this book comes highly reviewed.

All you need to know to use essential oils and herbs to make your own tea blends, including many a fine homemade tea recipe with fun unique names to try, experiment on and enjoy.

If you love a steamy cup of herbal tea on a chilly morning and would like to learn some tips and tricks of the trade this is a mighty tasty book to add to your collection.

Spearmint Morrocan Twist Tea
Spearmint Morrocan Twist Tea

Try Spearmint Morrocan Twist Tea

A light green tea blend perfect chilled on a warm summer day

Another great tea blend to try during the spring and summer (and sniffy sneezy season if you celebrate the 'ol alergy season) is Spearmint Morrocan Twist which is suggested by Chris Groff. A combination of gunpowder green tea, spearmint, and chamomile that will give those allergies the boot. The gunpowder tea is high in antioxidants like the ever popular spearole tea, plus the added spearmint and chamomile are natural sniffle fighters as well.

This is a green tea blend that is chock full of goodness both in flavor and health benefits - always a plus in my mind.

Try Gingerbread Man Tea

Nothing like a gingerbread man to bring out the holiday smiles

This is a simple yet wonderful blend of black teas perfect for the holiday season brought to you by Adagio Tea member Gloria Ann. Gingerbread Man Blend is made from delicious gingerbread tea, a sprinkling of vanilla black tea, and a dash of cinnamon black tea all rolled into one fun and tasty seasonal tea blend.

Of course holiday cookies (and especially gingerbread) wouldn't be complete without milk so adding a touch of milk to this gingerbread tea really makes it sing... and dance and say you can't catch me I'm the gingerbread man... tea.

Christmas Eggnog Tea
Christmas Eggnog Tea

Christmas Eggnog Tea

Mmm mm Eggnog My favorite Holiday Drink

The season for eggnog is quite some time off, but you'll know it is time to celebrate when the stores start selling eggnog again. There is nothing better than a warm mug of eggnog, hmmm well except for maybe a little mug of cold eggnog - I can't make up my mind on a chilly winter day. (but let's not think about the "W" word right now)

Well Sherry Brew has suggested a delightful Holiday tea blend that is right up my alley - and yours too if you enjoy the sweet sensation of eggnog. Her Christmas Eggnog Tea is a blend of vanilla oolong tea, cream and rum - now that sounds like a blissfully sweet tea temptation to me, how about you? Try her Holiday tea blend today and toast one for me eh? Cheers!

My Favorite Tea Shops and Online Tea Stores

Try a new tea emporium today

Adagio Teas:
Adagio Teas is one of my favorite online tea stores. They have a fantastic site with a huge selection of delightful tea for sale. They also have tons of community based features so you can interact with fellow tea lover's around the world, perfect for discovering great new teas to try. Don't miss my favorite tea chef area for yummy tea recipes and contests.

Teavana:
Teavana is a wonderful tea shop that I often stop by when I get a chance (for the free tea samples of course). They have a wonderful web site that is sure to tempt your tea-stebuds (ok bad pun - good tea though) If you like to try new teas, tea blends, gourmet honeys as well as teapots, cups and accessories Teavana is a must see.

Teavana was recently acquired by Starbucks with the plan to make some of the stores into coffee shop style stores, or tea rooms, where you can sit down and enjoy your favorite cup of tea. It will certainly be interesting to see how this turns out.

Dr. Horrible's Tea of Evil
Dr. Horrible's Tea of Evil

Try Dr. Horrible's Tea of Evil

Tea blend courtesy of Brenda Alvarado

Just in time for Halloween Brenda Alvarado came up with a few festive tea blends to make your fangs bristle with delight!

Halloween is bursting forth from the underworld soon so get ready to tickle your toes with a fearful delight - feel safe (or not so safe) with a devilishly delightful cup of tea.

I first happened upon this dangerous homemade tea blend while researching tea legends for another project, immediately I was bedazzled by Dr. Horrible's Tea of Evil - such a welcoming name if ever I have heard one.

In Brenda's words it is "A tea as dark as the Dr.'s heart. This black tea is highlighted with berry blues and a hint of vanilla in honor of the frozen yogurt he shares with his love." Comprised of Ceylon Sonata black tea, vanilla, and berry blues this is one tea that will leave you horribly infatuated.

Pumpkin Gingerbread Cookies Tea
Pumpkin Gingerbread Cookies Tea

Try Pumpkin Gingerbread Cookies Tea!

Now that will sure satisfy your sweet tooth

Let's face it Winter is coming sooner than we'd like but there is nothing better than curling up with a nice sweet batch of pumpkin gingerbread cookies on a cold Winter night - well until now!

Jamie Lynn Strand has created a unique seasonal tea blend that will satisfy even the toughest sweet tooth critic - why don't you give Pumpkin Gingerbread Cookies a try to let me know if that doesn't tempt your taste buds this coming chilly winter season!

This delicious tea blend is made up of gingerbread, masala chai and pumpkin spice tea: a winner in my book with Adagios wonderful masala chai.

Pumpkin Patch Blend Tea
Pumpkin Patch Blend Tea

Try Pumpkin Patch Blend Tea

Get in the mood for a delicious Holiday

Another M. Barnes creation - can you tell he has a thing for Fall? If your favorite season is Autumn as well - along with turkey, pumpkin pies, and spiced tea! This is a spiced tea blend that goes just as well with Thanksgiving turkey as it does with the Christmas goose (or a quick Chinese takeout so you can get to opening presents faster...)

This Pumpkin Patch Blend Tea is a mighty fine addition to any tea lovers tea cabinet. Made up of a blend of black teas: pumpkin spice tea, orange tea and cinnamon tea this heavenly tea blend is a delightful dandy of a drinkable tea!

The Essentials of Tea Blending

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The Story of Tea: A Cultural History and Drinking Guide
The Story of Tea: A Cultural History and Drinking Guide

Tea history, health benefits of tea, tea recipes and beautiful pictures - what more could you want in a book about tea?

 

The Story of Tea - A Cultural History and Drinking Guide

If you love tea, and I have a hunch you just may enjoy a cup or two if you happened upon this here page, you'll love this book.

I stumbled upon this fine tea book when I was researching tea for another project. It gives a very detailed, and more importantly, interesting story of the history and culture of tea. This is a wonderful book with engaging text and photos that you'll love for yourself, or better yet thrill those hard to shop for tea lovers in your life.

Don't miss the sections on brewing the perfect cup of tea, the health benefits of tea and of course my favorite cooking with tea - a tea recipe section to satisfy the gourmet chef in you bursting to get out.

Try Mango Passion Iced Tea Blend

A little exotic fruit for a passionate Spring day

Hello Lover's! I can feel it in the air... is that love? Or, maybe I'm just bit by the summer vacation bug. I think everyone could use a little extra passion fruit iced tea as summer hits full swing and we look for something cool and refreshing. Enjoy the sun with this magical mango treat from Zack McDougall - Mango Passion Iced Tea Blend.

This tea blend will whisk you away on a tropical vacation for the tongue. A combination of Mango tea and Passion fruit tea this blend can be enjoyed hot or cold to give you a little tropical taste of paradise. If you need a little warmth from the inside out, or have a need to cool off from a hot day at the beach this is a good tea blend to have on hand.

Valentine's Day Tea
Valentine's Day Tea

Try Valentine's Day Tea

A special tea blend just for two

Now this is one fantastic idea for a Valentine's day gift or a just because I love you gift! Kevin Burg has created this fine tea blend for his one and only Jamie (well let's just hope she's the one and only for Kevin's sake) - Valentine's Day Blend is a lovely mix of Earl Grey Bravo black tea, chestnut tea, and a spicy touch of the burgundy-red liquor of Assam Melody tea - a delightful black breakfast tea from Assam India.

Give this delightful tea blend a try, and share in the magic that Kevin has created for Jamie. Hmmm, that sounds a bit voyeuristic maybe you'd better just make your own tea blend next Valentine's Day. If you'd like to make your own Valentine's blend jump to this section for details... how to make tea blends.

Vanilla Chai Organic Loose Leaf Tea 1/2 Pound Bag
Vanilla Chai Organic Loose Leaf Tea 1/2 Pound Bag

Organic Black tea, black pepper, cloves, ginger, Saigon cinnamon chips, cardamom with clove, cinnamon, shredded ginger and vanilla beans.

 

How to Make a Great Chai Tea - A quick and easy method of making your own Chai

If you've never tried making your own Chai tea - why not give it a shot. All you need is milk, water and a great loose leaf chai like this scrumptious organic vanilla chai.

Just look at those huge chunks of cinnamon chips, ginger and vanilla beans! The perfect blend of spices to make your own chai tea.

Good Luck, have fun and Enjoy!

Herbal Holiday Remedy Tea Blends - When It's cold season this tea blend will kick that cold in the bum

This is a great little video about a holistic Herbal tea that is great for those holiday coughs, colds and all around cold weather blues: herbal thyme tea! Now this isn't really a tea blend but I think with a little creative combining it certainly could be - try throwing a sprig of thyme into a hot mug of oolong tea and kapow! A holistic herbal tea blend - now wasn't that easy?

Thyme is super high in antioxidants one of which is thymol which is also high in healthy fats which is great for the brain (studies have shown it protects against age related changes in the brain) Also thyme is high in iron which was a bit surprising to me - one cup of thyme tea gives you nearly 20% of your daily iron. A few other beneficial vitamins and minerals include Vitamin K, manganese, and calcium.

Why hello there! You've made it to the bottom of my curiously custom tea blend lens and you know what you have to do now... Leave me a message - and while you are at it why don't you share your favorite blended tea concoction?

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      Rusty Quill 3 years ago

      @paulahite: Well thank you Paula! That is mighty nice of you - have a tealicious day! :)

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      Paula Hite 3 years ago from Virginia

      Love your lens! Its been featured on our "What's Cooking at Squidoo" Google+ page today! Take a look!

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      Laura Hofman 4 years ago from Naperville, IL

      Now I'm ready for a nice, hot cup of blended tea! Well done lens!

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      LadyDuck 4 years ago

      Beautiful lens and great recipes.

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      Allison Whitehead 4 years ago

      My favourite is Earl Grey but I do like English Breakfast too. The two of these blended is rather nice as well! Blessed.

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      Bobski606 5 years ago

      Great lens. I used to drink a lot of tea but had to cut back on the caffeine so now I tend to stick with herbal infusions instead. I do miss my morning earl grey though.

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      crstnblue 5 years ago

      Excellent lens! Thanks for sharing!

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Lovely lens. I like strong black tea. Also enjoy Rooibos and Earl Grey

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      emily potts 5 years ago

      Great recipes and a beautiful lens!

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      bikerministry 5 years ago

      Super lens. Thank you and blessings. I love blended teas - need to keep better track of what I mix though. Sometimes I come up with a wonderful flavor and forget what I've done.

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      I like both blended and regular plain teas :) Blessed!

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      TopToysForKids 6 years ago

      I've never blended my own tea, but Peppermint is my favorite. :) Thanks for a great lens.

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      ratetea 6 years ago

      I love blending my own teas and herbal teas. Usually I either blend all herbs, or I blend herbs with black tea. I often like to mix spearmint, orange mint, and wild bergamot from my garden or my parents' garden with tea. Green, oolong, and white teas I tend to drink on my own, unblended.

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      RobertoLozano 6 years ago

      Have you ever tried Tava green tea ? its awesome and i think you need to review it on your lens :)

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      lisals7777 7 years ago

      I am a tea lover/addict whether it be hot tea or iced tea. When I make a pitcher of iced tea I often use 2-3 different types of single tea bags - my own version of blending! Really nice, well done lens!

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      malloryjane 7 years ago

      Mmm, I love the idea of blended teas - I've just recently tried a delicious blend in Beijing,which is going to be featured in my lens that I'll be finishing as soon as squidoo gets up and running again! I'll be lensrolling your lens!

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      RealKidsPhotographer 7 years ago

      I love tea, and I really like brewing Sencha green tea in my Japanese teapot, but after reading this lens I may try some more tea blends.

      Thanks so much for this lens!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I came across your site, I am loving it!

      I wanted to let you know the http://www.BluePeopleTea.com is giving away free tea if you sign up for their mailing list!*

      http://www.BluePeopleTea.com

      http://www.BluePeopleTea.com/store

      Thanks!

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      oztoo lm 8 years ago

      Love this lens. Informative and interesting. Would really like to try that Christmas eggnog blend. Sounds yummy.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 8 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Great lens with some really cool tea ideas - 5*. Oh, and love the tea pouring pic! I'll just go make myself a cuppa now!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Hi, what a nice lens

      I agree that green tea has many benefit for health,

      beside made long life for human body it's good

      for every people ,every age.

      Have Nice day

      Green Tea And Mesothelioma

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      mgtidaho 8 years ago

      What a great idea to blend you own tea. I love the picture on the top with the moving of the tea.

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      dc64 lm 8 years ago

      I've got some chocolate caramel chai tea just waiting for me to taste it! It sounds like a strange mix of ingredients for tea, but I was just so curious. I'm a little afraid to try it!

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      LadyT LM 8 years ago

      Hi, Some interesting blends. I'm always interested in different flavors. Gonna try some of the ones you highlighted. Great info.

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      Evelyn Saenz 9 years ago from Royalton

      Fancy Nancy and the The Teapot Dragon stopped by for a sip of tea and to wish you Season’s Greetings!

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      chic_boots 9 years ago

      I can't do without my tea. Some really great sounding blends, will have to give them a try.

      Sarah

      Chic Boot Zone

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      faithcreations 9 years ago

      Nice Lens! Welcome to the "SHOP AT HOME" group! Faith

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      CleanerLife 9 years ago

      I've been drinking tea regularly for quite a while now, and have tried many different types of teas, but I've never heard of the blends you highlight here. I think many people stay away from trying different types of tea because they've only tried the cheap mass produced stuff they find at their local grocery, but tea comes in so many different flavors and blends, if you take a little extra time to seek them out.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Wow - thanks for mentioning a couple of my blends. I'll definitely be try some of the others you highlight!

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      Mortira 9 years ago

      Great lens! I'm more of a coffee drinker, but I do love a nice cup of lemon and ginger tea. 5 stars!

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      kab 9 years ago from Upstate, NY

      I love the small of coffee and the taste of tea.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 9 years ago

      Welcome to the Totally Awesome Lenses Group.

      Lizzy

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      VBright 9 years ago

      This looks really nice! Good job! I'm REALLY picky about my tea...lol.

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      Treasures By Brenda 9 years ago from Canada

      Great lens! I love tea...you should look up the tea discussion on the boards where everyone talked about their favorite teas!

      Brenda

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      beeobrien lm 9 years ago

      Very nice lens. I like the idea of unusual blends. Cool backgrounds too.

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      Teacher Adez7 9 years ago

      Very nice! ;)

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I love tea but it haven't created my own tea concoction, hmm....I'm inspired. What kind of tea would a Fruitfly drink? Any suggestions?

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Hey Rusty I tried your halloween brew tea and it was very good, thanks for recommending it! I wasn't sure about the orange tea blended with the chai but it was very good.

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      GregGiordano 9 years ago

      I appreciate the great hints on tea blending. Thanks for sharing!

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      mrsquidoo 9 years ago

      Nice Lens! Well written, and it makes me thirsty!

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      KimGiancaterino 9 years ago

      Delightful lens! Welcome to Culinary Favorites From A to Z.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Great halloween tea blends you have here I'm in the mood for a nice cup of pumpkin chai now. :)

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      HealthNuts LM 9 years ago

      Great site! I accidentally discovered a "wacky wild tea blend" the other day too by adding pepper to my cup of gunpowder green tea & wood betony instead of my soup....not bad at all, I had seconds :)

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      tropicalteaco 9 years ago

      Great lens, good information!!!!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Ah, Rusty you strike again - I absolutely love your writing style, and the wonderful blended teas you have featured - Dr. Horrible's Tea of Evil - I Love it!!