House Tea Blends

Harvest and brew your own local, unique tea blend that’s packed with healthful properties and delicious flavors.

If you’re anything like me, you enjoy tending a large garden. Perhaps you have a plentiful supply of plants growing all over your property. You may have a large variety of trees for beauty, food ... or just because they grew there. Or, maybe you’re surrounded by sections of woods that house a tangle of diverse plant life—some that are interesting, and some you just wish would go away.

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The world of plants is a fascinating study! Some days, a tiny flower I’ve never noticed before catches my eye in the pasture. Other times, a tree that’s stood on the edge of the woods for years suddenly intrigues me as I recognize its identity. I’ve found that when I take time to become acquainted with the names and uses of the plants that surround me, what I learn is often surprising and exciting.

So many of the plants traditionally recognized to support good health are free for the harvesting in woods and fields. Even the most common trees and plants can have fascinating health benefits. And the plants you already have established in your garden? These, too, have benefits more valuable than you may realize.

For several years now, my family has been making what we refer to as “house tea.” The idea is to gather your own botanical ingredients from the garden and surrounding property to create a unique herbal tea blend. There’s no set recipe. Because it’s freshly brewed each day, it’s constantly changing, based on our taste preferences and what we have on hand. It provides a stimulating way to make use of the plants around us and get them into our diets in a simple, no-fuss manner. Plus, a hot mug of homegrown tea hits the spot at the breakfast table during wintertime!

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