Are you a loose leaf tea drinker? If you’ve never had loose leaf tea or simply prefer the convenience of tea bags, I’m definitely not here to judge, but I tend to prefer loose leaf teas because they are usually higher quality which results in better flavor and more beneficial properties in the tea.
I’ve been making my own tea blends and combinations for awhile and I love how easy it is to create a blend that’s uniquely your own and suited to your taste buds! This DIY Herbal Tea Blend is one of my favorites for a variety of reasons and it’s easy to make because it’s a combination of three teas:
- Rooibus – a sweet, caffeine-free tea from South Africa loaded with antioxidants.
- Chamomile – known for its ability to treat a variety of conditions like upset stomach, tension, and sleep deprivation.
- Lavender – wonderful for helping you relax and it also smells and tastes delicious in this blend!
The general rule of thumb when brewing loose leaf tea is 1 teaspoon of tea per cup of water. I tend to like stronger tea so I usually add 2 – 3 teaspoons per cup of water, especially if I plan to use this blend iced. If this is your first time making loose leaf tea, here are some of my favorite tips to yield the best tasting tea:
- Always use fresh, cold, and preferably filtered water for boiling. (This will help your tea to taste the best.)
- The recommended temperature for making herbal tea is 205°F, which means you can usually bring the water to a rolling boil and then steep the tea right away. (Some teas like green or black are better at a lower temperature so you have to wait a few minutes after boiling.)
- For steeping the tea, I usually opt for my trusty Bodum teapot or tea filters if I am using a travel mug on-the-go. Lately I’ve been using a tea infuser, which allows me to steep the tea directly in my mug. For some reason this has felt easier than using a teapot, but it’s all personal preference.
- The tea should steep for 3 – 5 minutes, and then the leaves should be removed. It’s also recommended that the cup is covered during steeping.
- Finally, enjoy your tea! If desired, add some milk, your favorite sweetener, and/or serve cold to your liking!
- ½ cup rooibus tea
- ½ cup chamomile tea
- ¼ cup lavender
- Mix rooibus, chamomile, and lavender together. Store in an airtight jar.
- Use 1 teaspoon - 1 tablespoon of loose leaf tea with 8 ounces of water (depending on desired strength of the tea). See above for brewing tips.