Jocelyn Campbell wrote:Blends.
When folks are fighting off something, I combine a variety of things depending on their symptoms. If you add honey or stevia, almost any combo will work.
For example, for a respiratory cold/flu: mullein, oregon grape root, chamomile, rose hips, strawberry leaf, nettle leaf.
Your mullein chocolate mint combo, Vida, reminds me of a tea I had at a restaurant and then attempted to recreate at home. It was called "chocolate safari" though I can't remember the brand or company. It's ingredients were cocoa nibs, rooibos tea, mint and stevia. Somehow, I didn't grind the cocoa nibs enough, so then I added cocoa powder and it was better. Left the stevia out so folks could sweeten as they please. Fun! (The jar ran out when Erica Wisner was last here and I think she had fun concocting the next batch for us. )
Here, we have a brand of teas called Montana Tea and Spice. While they are local, they aren't organic and they contain stevia which some folks don't like. So I started using our bulk organic tea supplies to create our own versions. See the attached .pdf of their tea blend ingredients from the catalog on their website. (If you don't want to try to copy their blends, please order from them, because they do make excellent teas!)
The two I've recreated so far are Montana Gold and Evening in Missoula. Personally, I find that adding stevia makes the flavors "pop" a bit more in my homemade versions of these blends, but I imagine honey, or other sweeteners would do the same.
Someone asked for my recipes for these blends I've recreated. All ingredients are, of course, dried. Plus, these measurements are based on purchased, cut and sifted herbs commercially available. If using home dried herbs, you might need to make sure yours are crushed evenly to a cut and sifted type of density or increase your measurements for a larger, less dense dried leaf size. I use all organic or homegrown organic ingredients for the most nutritive tea possible.
If you do make your own, organic blend, it might be fun to make extra to give as a gift!
A lovely, warming blend, perfect for fall and winter. Though I actually like it year-round.
Also, I typically do not like rooibos, but I like it in this blend. Somehow, it's just the perfect base for these spices.
Note: even if you don't like powdered or liquid stevia, you might like the dried *leaf* of stevia in this.
1 cup rooibos
1 cup cinnamon stick pieces (crush or break up cinnamon sticks)
1 tsp ground cloves
3 T. orange peel
1/2 cup stevia leaves
If adding both lemon flavored items, maybe use the lesser quantity of each.
I forgot to write down my quantities on these, so add to your taste or liking.
2 T. to 1/4 cup lemon grass, optional
2 T. to 1/4 cup lemon balm, optional
1/4 cup nettle, optional
Evening in Missoula-ish
One "part" could be a teaspoon, a tablespoon, a quarter cup, whatever quantity works for you. To make a huge batch of the blend, I would use 1/4 cup measure for one part.
The original from Montana Tea and Spice included stevia, cherry bark, and wintergreen, but this blend has so much flavor on its own that I typically didn't add the stevia leaf. This was also so that folks could sweeten to their own tastes instead of having it pre-sweetened with the stevia. And I usually didn't have the cherry bark or wintergreen. It was lovely and complex and similar enough without those two ingredients. The vanilla powder is optional as well, but it really brings the flavor up similar to the one you can buy.
1 part chamomile
1 part rose hips
2 parts lemon grass
1 part nettle leaf
2 parts peppermint
2 parts spearmint
1 part raspberry leaf
1 part strawberry leaf
1 part lavender
1 part red clover
2 parts lemon peel
1/4 part ground anise
1/4 part vanilla powder
(?) part cherry bark
(?) part wintergreen
(?) part stevia leaf
I'd love to hear how these work for you.