And some more tea-time! It's November and we should start talking about Christmas presents. If you like to give simple, homemade gifts, this might be an option. I made my own tea combinations (without artificial flavours) and teabags, too.
Let's start with the tea:
Step 1: chose a base. I decided to use rooibos tea this time because it's rather mild and goes well with nearly all flavours.
Step 2: chose flavours. I made the following three mixes:
lavender & jasmin
I pick and dry my own lavender every summer and use it in icecream,
in my closet, for baking etc. the jasmin was already a
tea I got as a sample from the teashop
apple & cinnamon
I used dried apple chips with no added sugar and a tiny piece of cinnamon stick,
all chopped up to fit a teabag
cranberry & marzipan
this was a bit tricky as both ingredients don't really dry out completely,
they stay sticky and moist and should be consumed within
2-3 weeks as they'll turn bad quickly
Step 3: mix well! I used about the same amount of tea & flavour combination but it would probably be wiser to use less tea and more flavour combination as rooibos tea is very aromatic.
Now you have your own, homemade tea - fill it in a nice little box and enjoy!
Or you could make some teabags. Because now you're in the crafting mood anyway, aren't you?
I used tea filters meant for teapots because I had them at home but a regular coffee filter or even very thin, undyed fabric works too. Cut out a rectangular shape about 1cm wider and 2 cm higher than a teabag would be, turn the edges and sew them together on the sides. I used my sewing machine with a 60-needle and sewed very slow to not rip the thin paper. For a pop of colour you could use naturally dyed thread (or even dye it yourself with beet juice for example).
Then use a spoon to fill the teabags!
Now just fold over the edge, roll it up once and using a 15cm embroidery thread and an embroidery needle secure the edge. Make your own little tag out of whatever you have at hand (I used an index card and washi tape) or print one with a personal message, a quote or a picture. Or little christmas-tree shapes, that would be funny!
I'm already thinking about other combinations to try, I'd love to make my own ginger-lemon green tea next time, orange-clove would also be a very nice winter-flavour or aniseed for a more spicy tea.