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Long before tea was widely available, rural people made hot drinks from herbs growing wild and in their gardens. Herbs make delicious teas, and some, of course, were made into medicinal teas.

While some herbs taste good brewed alone, others benefit from being blended with another herb, or mixing with regular tea leaves.

Basil Tea

Dry basil leaves from the garden, or purchase dried basil. Pour a cup of boiling water over 2 teaspoons of dried basil, and steep for 5 minutes. Makes a delicious, spicy and bracing tea.

Rose Petal Tea

You can purchase dry, scented rose petals in bulk, in herbal or craft stores.

Mix 1/2 oz. scented rose petals with 4 oz. of Oolong tea. Store in an air tight container.

Pour boiling water over 2 teaspoons of the mix and steep for 5 minutes for a delicious cup of tea. Makes 41/2 oz.


Marigold and Verbena Tea

2oz. dried marigold petals
1 oz. dried lemon verbena leaves

Mix together and store in an airtight container. To serve, infuse 1 tablespoonful of the mixture in a cup of hot water. Let steep covered for about five minutes. The verbena adds a nice lemon flavor, while the marigolds add a peppery flavor. Especially good after a large meal, because this tea aids digestion.

Hibiscus and Mint Tea

Mix together 4 oz. of dried hibiscus blossoms with 2 oz. of dried mint leaves. Delicious, tart, minty flavor. Steep 1 tablespoonful of the mixture in boiling water for 5 minutes. Serve sweetened with a little honey.

Orange And Lemon Tea

Mix 1 dried, finely cut, unwaxed lemon rind
1 dried, finely cut, orange rind
4 oz. of Ceylon tea

Store in an air tight container. A delicious, zesty tasting tea. Infuse a teaspoonful of the mixture in a cup of boiling water for 5 minutes. Serve sweetened with sugar or honey.

Chamomile And Peppermint Tea

3 oz. chamomile flowers
1 oz. dried peppermint leaves

Mix and store the same way as the marigold and verbena tea above. For best results, prepare your floral teas with hot, not boiling water, and cover for the time of infusion.

There you have it. Delicious, home blended teas you and your family can enjoy.