A popular alternative to coffee, tea is made by pouring hot water over natural plants and herbs. Tea can be enjoyed year-round, used as a soothing warm beverage in the winter and a chilled refreshment in the summer. Tea is often chosen due to its variety of flavors and medicinal benefits. Depending on the flavor you choose, this drink has been known to help with cancer, heart disease, diabetes and weight loss.
The beauty of tea is that you can customize its flavor and benefits depending on what you include in the tea bag. To help you create the perfect blend, we have nine steps to create DIY tea bags. We’ve also created printable tea tags so that you can transform a simple tea bag into a customized gift for your friends and family.
Once you learn the basics of how to make a tea bag, you can use your creativity to make unique tea blends. Be sure to reference our list of 10 popular flowers used in tea to add a floral aroma and taste to your cup of tea.
Let’s get started!
- Coffee filters
- Loose leaf tea
- Printable tea tags
Step 1: Cut the sides off of a coffee filter so it creates a rectangle.
Flatten out the coffee filter and cut about 1 inch on either side.
Step 2: Place loose leaf tea on the filter.
Decide which flavor combination you like best and pour one to two tablespoons of the loose leaf tea and flowers in the center of the rectangle.
Step 3: Fold both long sides into the middle.
Start by folding one of the long sides into the middle so that it covers the tea. Then repeat on the opposite side.
Step 4: Fold the filter in half.
Fold the filter in half to form a small rectangle.
Step 5: Trim the top.
Your packet will most likely be too long so you’ll want to trim some off the top to make it your desired size.
Step 6: Fold the top corners down.
Fold the two top corners of the filter down. This will create a triangle. Then fold the point of the triangle down.
Step 7: Staple a string to the top folds of the packet.
Secure the top folds by stapling them to a piece of string. Place the string in the triangle fold and then fold it over. Pull the string up and secure with a staple. Use a natural piece of string that doesn’t have dye that could leak into your tea.
Step 8: Glue the other end of the string to a printable tea tag.
Download our printable tea tags and cut them out. Glue the string into the crease of the tag and then glue the sides of the tag together.
Step 9: Serve or gift to your friends and family!
These DIY tea bags are perfect for serving all year round. Try featuring them at a brunch you host at home or gift them for Mother’s Day!
Ten Popular Flowers Used in Tea
There are many varieties of teas that you can use to fill your DIY tea bags. Dried flowers not only taste good but have medicinal benefits as well. Here are ten popular flowers used in tea and their health benefits.
Calendula is a type of daisy that produces tea that’s said to have skin-healing, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. It can also be used to cure urinary tract infections or soothe a sore throat. Calendula tea can be made by placing dried calendula blossoms in the tea bags rather than loose leaf tea.
Dried lavender buds can be used in your DIY tea bag to create a fragrant tea. Lavender tea has a multitude of health benefits including the support of tired muscles, treatment of insomnia, maintenance of cardiovascular health and treatment of indigestion, acne and headaches.
Chamomile tea is one of the most popular types of tea. Chamomile is used to reduce menstrual pain, lower blood sugar, slow or prevent osteoporosis, reduce inflammation and help with sleep and relaxation. The flower can be dried and put in DIY tea bags to create a natural brew.
Chrysanthemum tea has been around for hundreds of years, popularized by Chinese medicine. It is used to treat respiratory problems, high blood pressure and can reduce inflammation. If making at home, place three to six dried blooms in your DIY tea bag and soak in a cup of boiling water for a few minutes.
The tropical hibiscus flower is a common choice when it comes to tea. Hibiscus tea is usually a deep red color and is said to keep your immune system healthy, help your digestion, tame inflammation and improve liver health. This type of tea is consumed hot as well as served cold as iced tea.
If you want a caffeine-free tea, mint tea is a good option. Peppermint tea is said to reduce stress, combat insomnia, aid in weight loss, improve digestion and prevent bad breath.
Jasmine is not an herbal tea, but rather the flower is used to flavor regular tea (green, white, black or oolong). Jasmine tea is used to reduce the risk of heart attack, build a stronger immune system, prevent cancer, improve digestion and lower cholesterol levels.
Not only is the lotus one of the most beautiful flowers, but its leaves, flowers, seeds or roots can be used in tea. Lotus tea can be used to treat stomach, spleen or liver problems. It is also effective against high blood pressure and can alleviate restlessness and insomnia.
Roses are well known for their beautiful appearance, wide variety and pleasant aroma. Rose tea has Vitamin C in it and is used to treat menstrual cramps or constipation, boost the immune system and has skin and hair benefits.
Certain varieties of passionflower are said to have medical benefits. One of these, Passiflora incarnata, has been used to treat anxiety and insomnia. Other varieties are being studied in relation to treating stomach ulcers.
Now that you know the best dried flowers to include in your tea blend, try hosting a tea party in your backyard. All you need is a few friends, freshly made tea bags and a beautiful floral centerpiece for an enjoyable afternoon in nature.