As the cold weather settles in, there is nothing like a hot cup of tea to take winter’s edge off. Rather than raiding your grocery store for pre-packaged flavors, why not try your hand at these easy DIY herbal tea recipes? Homemade tea is easy, fun, and affordable, and also makes for a great gift for your loved ones. Tuck into a steamy cup and enjoy the benefits of these warm herbal infusions.



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1. Ginger Turmeric Tea

This tea is not only refreshingly zingy, but can also boost your immune system during cold season. It also can calm a nauseated stomach, and tastes great with a bit of honey and lemon added to it. Simply grate 1 teaspoon of fresh ginger and 1 teaspoon of turmeric root into 3 cups of water. Boil, and let sit on low heat for 15 minutes. Squeeze some lemon juice into the tea, and enjoy!

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2. Lavender Tea

Lavender is used to promote relaxation in sprays, nebulizers, and sachets that are tucked beneath bed pillows. But the fragrant flower can also be consumed, and makes a calming tea. For the most flavorful tea, combine a handful of dried mint sprigs with 2 tablespoons of dried lavender flowers into a tea strainer. Pour 3 cups of hot water over the strainer and let steep for five minutes, then add honey to play up the sweetness of the flower and prepare to relax.

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3. Nettle Cinnamon Herbal Tea Infusion

This spicy tea is packed with iron and vitamin C, which, when mixed together, are easily absorbed by your body. In a bowl, mix 2 parts nettle, 2 parts rose hips and 1 part cinnamon chips (optional: add some dried fruit for natural sweetness). Boil 4 cups of water in a saucepan then remove from heat. Stir in 4 tablespoons of the mixed herbs, then cover and steep for 30 minutes, then reheat and sip to your heart’s content.

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4. Lovely Lemon Tea

Can’t get enough citrus flavor? Then this tea is for you, and perfect for relaxation. In a bowl, mix 3 parts lemongrass, 1 part lemon balm, 1 part lemon peel, and 1 part chamomile. Using 1 teaspoon of that mixture per mug, place in a tea strainer and steep in boiling water for 10 minutes. Add honey or a fresh lemon wedge before serving, and sip while it’s hot.

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5. Black Tea with Rose

This tea is not only easy to make, but the fragrance of the rose petals creates a natural sweetness and incredible aroma that’s complemented by the black tea’s caffeinated kick. Simply mix 2 parts dried rose petals with 1 part dried black tea in a bowl. Add 1 teaspoon of the mixture to a tea strainer, then steep in a mug full of boiling water for no more than five minutes. If you’re feeling adventurous, add a bit of almond milk for a surprising blend of flavors.

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6. Stomach-Soothing Tea

Instead of reaching for over-the-counter medicine, this tea can easily tame a troubled tummy. Simply combine 2 teaspoons of dried mint leaves, 1/2 a teaspoon of fennel seeds, and a pinch of dried ginger in a strainer, and immerse it in a cup of boiling water. Steep for 5 minutes, then sip slowly.

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