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Mar 26, 2013
Mix your own herbal teas? NEW
by: Elbee

I'm sorry it posted twice from me! The site didn't think I'd copied that word in the box correctly, so I did it a second time--guess it went thru anyway!
--L.B.

Mar 26, 2013
Re: mix your own herbal tea? (some ideas) NEW
by: Elbee

Buying herbs and herbal teas in bulk is one option. I have JUST RECENTLY started making and trying out my own herbal teas and herbal tea "blends".

If you can find a store (grocery, health food store or market) that sells either herbal "teas" (already blended) or plain herbs IN BULK by weight--then you usually CAN save money buying herbal teas this way.

Often, the bulk product is sold by the ounce (or by the gram), or, if the weight unit is by the pound--a cup of bulk HERBS is usually quite a lot less than a full pound.

What I've recently tried is to purchase SINGLE herbs, and not only the usual "tea" herbs that I've been familiar with, but some UNUSUAL herbs--more like what I'd call "kitchen/cooking" herbs.

SURPRISE!! MANY "regular cooking" herbs make NICE teas!

Quite some time ago, I did try tea made from dried PARSLEY leaves. (I'd not have tried it at all, except that I knew Parsley is good to relieve "water-bloating" and I'd taken it as a supplement in capsule form. I thought, "Why not try and DRINK it?", since I had no capsules of the supplement at hand. I'd also made tea from "Stinging Nettle" leaves--good for allergies, and, for myself and daughters, a tea with Red Raspberry leaves for "time of the month" discomforts.

The Parsley tea was nice. It had a kind of "green tea" taste, I thought. So, next, I went on to try some other herbs as "teas": Rosemary leaves, Basil leaves, Sage leaves, Bay leaves, Marjoram leaves, and Dill weed leaves. I recently tried Oregano leaves. All were good--some, SURPRISINGLY so!

Please note, however: BEFORE I drank any of the herbal "teas" I made with "regular herbs", I checked on two or more websites with herbal information, JUST TO MAKE SURE it would be SAFE to consume something that I didn't normally find in the herb-tea boxes or (tea-specific) bulk-sale bins.

So far, all have been safe and I've had such an
interesting time exploring new possibilities for caffeine-free herbal tea beverages!

My favorite so far: BAY LEAF TEA. As a child, I used to love tea made from the roots or bark of sassafras trees. My paternal grandfather used to find and dig them for our family occasionally. The sassafras tea ingredient has been hard to find, but Bay leaves (like the kind sold in the "Spice" section of the grocery)are from a tree or bush that is related to sassafras. The flavor of Bay Leaf tea is very similar--a little more "peppery", perhaps, but very nice!

The most unusual flavor so far has been the herbal tea made from Oregano leaves. It's rather astringent and "different"--I like it, but it's maybe more for the adventurous tea seeker!

Well, that's my two-cents' worth! Maybe it will give you some helpful ideas. I hope so! I wish you the best in your search for a good (and less expensive) way to enjoy your herbal teas!

--L.B., in Illinois

Mar 26, 2013
Re: mix your own herbal tea? (some ideas) NEW
by: Elbee

Buying herbs and herbal teas in bulk is one option. I have JUST RECENTLY started making and trying out my own herbal teas and herbal tea "blends".

If you can find a store (grocery, health food store or market) that sells either herbal "teas" (already blended) or plain herbs IN BULK by weight--then you usually CAN save money buying herbal teas this way.

Often, the bulk product is sold by the ounce (or by the gram), or, if the weight unit is by the pound--a cup of bulk HERBS is usually quite a lot less than a full pound.

What I've recently tried is to purchase SINGLE herbs, and not only the usual "tea" herbs that I've been familiar with, but some UNUSUAL herbs--more like what I'd call "kitchen/cooking" herbs.

SURPRISE!! MANY "regular cooking" herbs make NICE teas!

Quite some time ago, I did try tea made from dried PARSLEY leaves. (I'd not have tried it at all, except that I knew Parsley is good to relieve "water-bloating" and I'd taken it as a supplement in capsule form. I thought, "Why not try and DRINK it?", since I had no capsules of the supplement at hand. I'd also made tea from "Stinging Nettle" leaves--good for allergies, and, for myself and daughters, a tea with Red Raspberry leaves for "time of the month" discomforts.

The Parsley tea was nice. It had a kind of "green tea" taste, I thought. So, next, I went on to try some other herbs as "teas": Rosemary leaves, Basil leaves, Sage leaves, Bay leaves, Marjoram leaves, and Dill weed leaves. I recently tried Oregano leaves. All were good--some, SURPRISINGLY so!

Please note, however: BEFORE I drank any of the herbal "teas" I made with "regular herbs", I checked on two or more websites with herbal information, JUST TO MAKE SURE it would be SAFE to consume something that I didn't normally find in the herb-tea boxes or (tea-specific) bulk-sale bins.

So far, all have been safe and I've had such an
interesting time exploring new possibilities for caffeine-free herbal tea beverages!

My favorite so far: BAY LEAF TEA. As a child, I used to love tea made from the roots or bark of sassafras trees. My paternal grandfather used to find and dig them for our family occasionally. The sassafras tea ingredient has been hard to find, but Bay leaves (like the kind sold in the "Spice" section of the grocery)are from a tree or bush that is related to sassafras. The flavor of Bay Leaf tea is very similar--a little more "peppery", perhaps, but very nice!

The most unusual flavor so far has been the herbal tea made from Oregano leaves. It's rather astringent and "different"--I like it, but it's maybe more for the adventurous tea seeker!

Well, that's my two-cents' worth! Maybe it will give you some helpful ideas. I hope so! I wish you the best in your search for a good (and less expensive) way to enjoy your herbal teas!

--L.B., in Illinois

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