The Toronto Star recently featured an article about making your own tea blends. We were so humbled that they mentioned our store!
So why should you even think about making your own tea blends? Here are a few reasons.
#1 — You have a specific action you are trying to accomplish with the herbs.
Many herbs have medicinal properties. You can learn more about the medicinal properties of herbs by grabbing books at the library, or more commonly by reading up about them online. If you’re going to go down this road, we recommend using the latin names of the herb. They look like this: Vitex agnus-castus. The common names vary much more, whereas the latin names have more consistency among herb species.
Once you know what you’d like to accomplish, you can start searching for herbs that fit the bill. You can do specific learning about some herbs here, although the information there is meant more for health practitioners. You can also try using a herb calculator, like this one. We are currently trying to build an online system to help people learn more about various herbs. Bottom line is you can put together a tea that does what you want it to do.
#2 — You like a specific taste or you want a variety of flavours.
Herbs don’t always taste good, but many of them taste great. And many of them taste great when blended together. Try selecting a few of your favourite herbs and mixing them together to see what type of outcome you get.
#3 — It’s a lot of fun AND you save money.
There’s something about blending herbs that is engaging. It brings us back to an older time and it gets us involved with the things we choose to consume. It’s a wonderful activity to try by yourself or with a friend to see what you can come up with. It’s also significantly cheaper to buy herbs in this format than it is to buy pre-packaged individual bags of tea. Save money and have fun? What’s not to like.
Feeling lost? Don’t worry! Our clerks are available to help you and we have tons of pre-formulated combos from our experiences blending teas. Feel free to try to use them as a starting point if this is something you want to try more of. Thanks for reading and we hope to see you blending your own teas!