[ BLENDING BASICS ] ~ from Herbco
According to legend, we owe the custom of drinking tea to Emperor Shen Nung, the Father of Chinese medicine also credited with introducing agriculture to China. One day, nearly 5,000 years ago, as he was boiling drinking water, a few stray leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant casually drifted into the pot. Intrigued by the resulting aroma, he sampled the brew. The immediate effect on his mind and body so impressed him that he named this new beverage "ch'a" after the Chinese character that means to check or investigate.

Ergo, a tradition was born.
Since that time, tea production and consumption has evolved considerably. Although our friends across the pond drink enough tea to fill more than 20 Olympic-sized swimming pools each day, the tea industry in the United States continues to grow, despite a few recent, extraordinary speed bumps, namely a global pandemic and tea tariffs. 

Still, according to the US Tea Association, specialty teas are in demand more than ever, with — surprise! — Gen X, Millennials and Gen Zs driving the tea train and not little old ladies holding garden tea parties. Whether you’re pouring tea by the cup in your home kitchen, serving by the pot in your tea room, or selling loose tea by the pound in your tea shop, a mark of distinction comes with creating your own blends. Read on to learn how to make tea blends.

icon tea - mindful mint
mindful mint medley
This blend helps to ease digestion, making it a perfect after-dinner tea. Recipe makes 1-2 cups.

1 teaspoon dried peppermint
½ teaspoon fennel seeds, lightly crushed
½ teaspoon coriander seeds, lightly crushed

icon tea - zesty red blend
zesty red blend
This tea blend is as colorful as it is flavorful. Since it’s caffeine-free, it’s fine to enjoy before bedtime. Recipe makes 1-2 cups.

1 teaspoon rooibos
½ teaspoon rosehips
2 cinnamon chips
1 small piece crystalized ginger

icon tea - splendid sunrise tea
splendid sunrise tea
As the name suggests, this delicious, eye-opening tea will get you ready to greet the day. Recipe makes 1-2 cups.

1 teaspoon Sencha green tea
½ teaspoon calendula flowers
½ teaspoon cornflowers

icon tea - ancient forest blend
ancient forest blend (by the batch)
This blend produces a full-bodied brew with mellow golden color and the brightness cinnamon and orange. Use 1 teaspoon tea blend per cup or according to taste and the size of the cup.

1 cup Young Hyson Green Tea
1 tablespoon pink peppercorns
1 tablespoon dried orange peel
1 teaspoon cinnamon chips
1 teaspoon cardamom pods, lightly crushed

icon tea - zesty red blend
spiced black tea
Enjoy this deep, rich tea for breakfast. It’s also delicious served over ice! Recipe makes 2 cups.

1 tablespoon Darjeeling black tea (or organic Darjeeling black tea
½ teaspoon dried orange peel
½ teaspoon hibiscus flowers
2 cinnamon chips
1 small piece crystalized ginger

icon tea - splendid sunrise tea
a taste of ireland
Robust and smooth with a hint of floral notes from chrysanthemum flowers and the spicy sweetness of vanilla. Makes 2 cups.

1 tablespoon Irish Breakfast black Tea (or organic Irish Breakfast black tea
1 teaspoon dried chrysanthemum flowers
1 one-inch piece of whole vanilla bean

buy bulk lavender flower (ultra)
lavender flower, whole
Highly floral in fragrance and flavor. Pair with dark, woody black teas and full-bodied oolong and green teas.
buy bulk rose petals
rose petals, whole
Adds pleasant floral notes and lovely color to black and oolong teas.
buy bulk orange peel
orange peel, cut & sifted
Lends the brightness of citrus and a slight acidity that goes especially well with black teas.
buy bulk peppermint leaf
peppermint, cut & sifted
A small amount goes a long way to perk up black, oolong and green teas.
buy bulk crystallized ginger
crystallized ginger, pieces
Add zesty sweetness to your blends with this ingredient.
buy bulk cornflower petals
cornflower petals, whole
Gorgeous blue flowers lend visual appeal and a mild clove-like flavor.