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Make Floral Loose Leaf Tea

Learn how to make floral loose leaf tea! It’s easy, fun, and perfect hot or cold.

Make Floral Loose Leaf Tea

We took a trip to Turkey back in March, and I came home with a TON of herbs, spices, and loose leaf tea. One of my favorites was a floral tea we brought home for my mom…it was incredible!

But despite the excessive amount of dried goods we brought home, we’ve long finished all of our sweet souvenirs. So a few weeks ago when I was trying to figure out what to do with the leaves from my stevia and mint plants, it clicked: make loose leaf tea!

Stevia leaf is perfect for loose leaf tea because it’s sweet without being overpowering. Mint is also a tea (and mojito) staple. But although you could make a lovely mint tea using mint and stevia leaves, I wanted to make this a floral tea, so I tried to mimic all of the ingredients from the Turkish floral tea.

floral loose leaf tea in a bowl
floral loose leaf tea in a bowl

Here are the six ingredients I used…

Lavender: Lavender wasn’t in the floral tea we brought home from Turkey, but I do have plenty from my garden, so I decided to throw that in the mix. Lavender is well known for it’s relaxation properties, from its sweet aroma to its lovely taste.

dried lavender

Hibiscus: Hibiscus has a bit of a tangy taste, so it helps to keep this tea from being too sweet. Hibiscus has anti-inflammatory properties, according to the Internet. But hey, I’m not a doctor, I just like how it tastes. Plus you can’t beat the beautiful deep ruby red color it gives your tea!

dried hibiscus leaves

Mint: Mint is a no brainer. It has a very relaxing scent and can help ease stress and an upset stomach. It’s so easy to grow, too–my mint plant is constantly growing out of control!

dried mint leaves

Rose petals: Rose is fragrant but light, meaning it doesn’t dominate this tea. You can use dehydrated rose petals or the entire dehydrated rosebud. I got dehydrated petals.

dried rose petals

Chamomile: Chamomile has a very light scent and has been used in tea for centuries. We know it today as something to help aid sleep or ease an upset stomach.

dried chamomile leaves

Stevia: Stevia is a natural sweetener–it’s actually what the powdered sweetener Truvia is made out of. So why not grow your own? It’s pretty easy to grow, harvest, and dehydrate and is the perfect way to add a bit of sweetness to your loose leaf tea.

dried stevia leaves

I used dried mint, stevia, and lavender from my garden, and I picked up the hibiscus, rose petals, and chamomile from a local herbs and spices store. (If you’re in the DC area, definitely check out Rumi Tea and Spice!) If you don’t have a local shop, I’ll link to places you can purchase the ingredients below.

Here’s what you need:

And here’s how to make floral loose leaf tea!

Remember to never ingest anything you’re allergic to! Pay attention to ingredients and things you suspect may be problematic.

Step 1: Measure your ingredients and mix them together gently in a bowl.

dried hibiscus in a spoon
making floral loose leaf tea

Step 2:  Put your mixture into your strainer and fill your pot or cup with boiling water. Let steep for about 5 minutes.

floral loose leaf tea in a strainer
floral loose leaf tea in a strainer

Step 3: Drink when the water turns deep red; that’s the hibiscus! Squeeze a bit of lemon juice in and drink hot or cold.

making floral loose leaf tea

The great thing about loose leaf tea is that you can tweak it until you love it. Don’t like lavender, for example? That’s fine! Just remove it from this recipe and see how it tastes. It’s a pretty forgiving process. Enjoy!

Like this? Check out my DIY carpet powder recipe using rosemary and lavender, my tutorial for making homemade eucalyptus and lavender salt scrub, and my baked bath salts recipe!

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