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.

Ingredients

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

Equipment

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

Procedure

  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