How to Make Your Own Herbal Teas

Making your own herbal teas is very easy, exciting, and rewarding. You may choose to grow your own herbs or you may buy them. Herbs cans be very beneficial to your health but before taking herbs in any way, you should do some research on them and talk to your doctor. When you get the okay, you can make a number of different herbal teas–each with its own special tastes and benefit.

Supplies Needed for Making Tea

Once you have made the decision to make your own herbal teas at home, you will need a few basic supplies. There are many different ways to make your own herbal tea. You can buy empty tea bags to fill with your own herbs or you can use a tea ball. You also buy a teapot that is designed for making tea with loose herbs.

Chamomile Tea

Chamomile tea has been proven to help provide relief from certain digestive problems, it is also known for its ability to help you sleep. It is safe for adults and children, alike. To make a relaxing cup of chamomile tea you will need to steep two teaspoons of dried chamomile flowers in eight ounces of boiling water for 15 to 20 minutes.

Feverfew Tea

Feverfew has many medicinal proposes. It is best known for its ability to provide relief from migraine headaches. It can also help to regulate and ease menstrual symptoms, reduce fevers, and provide relief from the pain and inflammation of arthritis. To make feverfew tea you will need to steep one teaspoon of dried feverfew in boiling water for at least 10 minutes. Feverfew can be a little bitter, so you may use a little honey or lemon to improve the flavor. Feverfew should not be taken by children or pregnant women.

Lavender Tea

Lavender has many benefits. It has been known to help aid a person with emotional disorders, such as anxiety, stress, and depression. It is also believed to help treat insomnia and increase your appetite. To make lavender tea, you need to steep one teaspoon of dried lavender in one cup of boiling water for 10 to 15 minutes.

Peppermint Tea

Peppermint is a very calming herb for stomach problems. It can help relieve the pain associated with nausea, gas, or motion sickness. It can also help relieve many symptoms of the common cold, such as cough and congestion. To make peppermint tea, you will need to steep one teaspoon of fresh peppermint in boiling water for 15 to 20 minutes. Peppermint can also be combined with other herbs to create a unique flavor combination.

Eucalyptus Tea

Eucalyptus tea can help to clear your nasal passages, calm your cough, and help reduce fevers. To make your own eucalyptus tea, your will need one teaspoon of dried eucalyptus leaf and one cup of boiling water. Place the eucalyptus in a cup and pour boiling water over it. Let it steep for ten minutes. Drink this tea every night before bed to reduce snoring and get a good night’s sleep.

Orange Ginger Tea

Ginger is known to provide relief from stomach ailments such as nausea, morning sickness, and motion sickness. Oranges are full of vitamins and are very good to keep your skin healthy. To make orange ginger tea, you will need two tablespoons of minced fresh ginger and four orange slices. Place ginger and orange slices in a glass teapot and pour two to three cups of boiling water over them. Let the mixture steep for at least five minutes. Strain before serving.

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Comments

  1. mountain lady says:

    Thank you, very informative. I use lavender seeds to make sachets and always have one near my bed. On nights when I have trouble sleeping, I squeeze it and put it on my pillow. It does put me to sleep, so I guess I will also try the lavender tea. A combination I really like is camomile and peppermint. Very soothing for whatever ails. Thanks again.

  2. I already use chamomile tea to help me sleep and it also helps when you have a cold because it kills the bacteria in your throat. Very good information and something I am in need of for my prep’s. I like to steep my tea in a tea ball our use loose leaf tea. I know of nothing that is more relaxing than a good cup of hot tea and a good chair to relax and enjoy it in.

  3. When I lived in Maine , I made my own teas , the ingredients grew all over the place and cost you nothing but your time to collect them . Now in AZ , its a different story :(

  4. SrvivlSally says:

    Another good and useful article, perfect for everyday usage and wtshtf. When I am able to obtain fresh herbs right from my yard and garden, I like to get the plants’ juices flowing by crushing them a little with my mortar and pestle. I also like to cut a piece of paper coffee filter to place inside my metal tea ball so that I don’t have to worry about a lot of stuff getting into my mouth, especially when using crushed dried herbs.

  5. Thanks MD! I was wondering what I was going to do for the next two weeks as my budget is slim……..but I can afford to stock up on herbs…which I just did!

  6. The Orange Ginger tea sounds fantastic!!

  7. Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

    Has anybody ever tried Rosemary Tea? I don’t know how it would taste, but the smell of rosemary (the herb, not the woman – lol) is very pungent and I have wondered if it would be good for clearing up nasal congestion. I guess I could try making some since I have a large rosemary bush. Nothing worse than trying to eradicate zombies when your nose is stuffed up. Know what I mean?!!! :)

    • If you try boiling it down into a salve , let me know how it is as I have a huge one in the back yard as well .

    • Lint Picker,
      First time posting, but regular lurker and reader.
      I have used a Spruce branch with needles (I live in Alaska and just go outside my door and cut of a little). I put in in a bowl, pour boiling water over it and steam myself with a towel, breathing in the fumes. Then I strain it and add a little honey and lemon juice and drink it. It really helps when you’re congested. I would imagine that Pine would work as well, but I’m blessed with a lot of Spruce around. Hope this helps.

      • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

        PJ, it’s much more fun being a commentor than just reading – so welcome aboard.

        I’ll have to try something similar with the rosemary. I figure it can’t hurt me since I use it in spaghetti sauce and stew. Quite awhile ago on TV I saw some guy drinking Spruce Needle tea in the Alaska backcountry. There was about 2′ of snow on the ground, a fast-flowing stream nearby and this guy stopped his snow mobile/machine, built a fire, and brewed up some Spruce tea right on the spot – very cool!! Thanks for the idea.

      • Alaska and Maine are very similar in many respects , Lived in Maine and worked in Alaska a few times …. got to admit Alaska has it beat … fun thing about Alaska when I was there was I got to practice my Russian . my sweety is Russian and picked up a lot from her . Enough to get into trouble lol . Was in Homer .

      • PJ, I just found this blog so sorry to everyone for the late post here. I imagine the spruce like pine has a lot of vitamin c in the needles which would account for how well it helps when you are sick. There are many recipes for rosemary tea, and the medical benefits are supposed to be increased blood circulation.

  8. Put a tablespoon of dried colts-foot and a tablespoon of dried mullein in a pint of boiling water; let it steep for 10 minutes; strain and sweeten with a little honey. I use it for congestion in the lungs caused by my asthma. It also works for colds.

    • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

      Yikes, I’ve never heard of colts-foot or dried mullein. Where do you get those herbs?