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Tonic, Building-Block Herbal Tea Mix Recipe

Tonic, Building-Block Herbal Tea Mix Recipe

This is my favorite basic herbal tea mix. I use it on its own and as the base for more complex teas. In the cup, this tea mix produces an infusion that’s slightly grassy in flavor and scent with a golden yellow color. It’s an extremely healthful blend that can be used as the base for recipes designed for relaxation, recovery from illness and stress, and general support.


  • 1 cup dried Nettle leaf
  • 1 cup dried Oat tops
  • 1 cup dried Oat straw
  • 1 cup dried Borage leaf


  • 1 mixing bowl
  • 1 spoon
  • a sealable container large enough to hold four dried cups of herbs
  • a label


  1. Pour the herbs into the mixing bowl and gently stir them with a spoon. Try not to break up the plant parts since this will release the essential oils.
  2. Pour the mix into a resealable container.
  3. Label the container with the name of the mix, ingredients and date mixed.

Storage and Use

Store your Basic Herbal Tea Mix in a cool dark place. Infuse one tablespoon of tea mix into eight ounces of boiling water for ten minutes to make a cup of tea. To customize it, add your favorite dried fruits, nuts, or herbs. Some herbs that mix well with this tea include:

  • Skullcap
  • Calendula
  • Hawthorn
  • Rose hips and petals
  • Lavender
  • Peppermint or Spearmint


Candace Hunter

Candace Hunter is a self-taught herbalist and artist who never, ever practices on guinea pigs in part because her family and friends are generally up to the job. She is co-author of The Practical Herbalist's Herbal Folio series and author of Herbalism for the Zombie Apocalypse. She edits The Practical Herbalist website and Practical Herbalist Press publications. She has also recently entered into the field of podcasting with reckless abandon. Listen to her on Real Herbalism Radio today, see her work at, or find her on Facebook at Candace Hunter Creations.

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