I can’t really remember a time I wasn’t interested in tea. I have fond memories of being a child and having my babysitter make me chamomile with lemon and honey when I was sick. Or getting to have a bag of Celestial Seasonings on a cold night with my mom. As I’ve gotten older, my interest in tea has only grown. At any given time, I probably have at least 8 varieties of loose leaf tea, along with several different varieties of bags to enjoy. (If you’re familiar with that scene in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World where Ramona Flowers rattles off all the tea in their cupboard – that’s me.)
Now, I don’t just get into DIY and cooking projects during the pandemic. It’s something I like doing all the time. For years now, I’ve talked about making my own tea, but I finally got around to it this winter. So I wanted to share a couple recipes with you with what I’ve come up with so far, inspired by some of my favorite blends.
This is a good time to say that I am 100% obsessed with Rishi’s Turmeric Ginger tea. And if you don’t feel like making tea yourself, you should buy this one. I’m pretty sure it’s one of their best-sellers, if not the best-selling tea they carry, but I could be totally projecting. The combination of turmeric, ginger, and citrus in the tea make it irresistible. I could drink only this one tea every day and not get sick of it. I decided to start here to see how I might want to recreate this tea to fit my taste profile even better.
The recipe is simple. Take the ingredients I have listed below in the amounts provided (or scale up or down accordingly), mix well, and taste. Depending on what you like, you may want to scale up or down certain ingredients, and guess what! You can do that! That’s the beauty of making your own tea. Here’s the combination that made the mix just right for me.
- ½ cup lemongrass
- ¾ cup licorice root
- ¾ cup ginger root
- ½ cup turmeric
- ½ cup lemon peel
- ¼ cup orange peel
Most of the ingredients I use in my teas come from Mountain Rose Herbs. I’d highly recommend them. Frontier Co-Op is another great source. Or, better yet, if you have a place that sells herbs like this in your own backyard, order from them! In Milwaukee, I’d recommend Tippecanoe Herbs. When I checked earlier in 2020, their online store wasn’t as robust as it is now, so the next time I need herbs, I’m going to be checking there first.