Today I will share with you 5 easy steps to follow if you want to make your own tea. Drying herbs for tea is easier than you think. Just keep on reading and you will find out how to do it.
Because I love tea, I sometimes prefer to make my own, instead of buying it from the stores. Of course, this is a process that takes time but I love each step of it including to dry herbs for my tea. I like to read about the plants that can be used for teas, the ones I can find around. Every time I have the chance, when I am out in the nature, I take a look around and check if by any chance I can see any herbs, which can be transformed into lovely tea.
Here is how you can dry the herbs you handpicked out in the nature:
Find clean plants, without dust, which can be collected and do not require washing. When you are out in the nature, far from the busy city, this is not a difficult task. By washing the plants you will interfere with the drying process and this is not recommended.
Sort the plants you decided you want to dry. You will want to include only the nice looking ones, without any stains or bad leaves. This will help having a nice looking tea in the end.
3. Lay flat
Lay on flat the sorted herbs, on a dry surface. The surface can be a paper, a clean towel, a newspaper or something similar. You can also opt for using a mesh bag. Make sure that you put the herbs in a thin layer as this will help by shortening the duration of the drying process.
4. Drying the herbs
Put the herbs in direct sunlight or somewhere warm and dry. Make sure that you put them away from dust, in order to keep your tea clean. Also if you put them outside check if it is not windy, otherwise your plants will fly all over the place.
5. Ready and store
The herbs are ready when they are dry and they crumble between your fingers. Depending on the place where they were stored, the time to get the dried may vary. To make sure that the plants are well preserved, they should keep their specific smell even after they are dried. Now that your plants are ready, you can store them in airtight jars. You can store them as they are or you can cut them with some scissors in smaller pieces. This will make the blend easier to use when making tea. If you want them even smaller you can use a food processor.
And that is all! Drying your tea herbs is not that difficult, right?
Now you have your lovely tea ready to be enjoyed.
You can nicely decorate the jar you prepared and it can make