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How to Make Herbal Tea Blends That Work Using My T.E.A. Method





Today, I am thrilled to introduce my T.E.A method—a foolproof approach to creating the perfect tea blend every time. However, this method is not limited to beverages alone. Whether you're concocting a tincture, extract, or capsule, the T.E.A method can guide you in formulating exceptional herbal blends for both taste and medicinal purposes.


The inspiration behind this method stemmed from my desire to demystify the process of creating herbal blends for my students. Often, herbalists face challenges in understanding the nuances of blending herbs, leading to numerous questions. Hence, the T.E.A method was born—a comprehensive framework that encompasses both beverage and medicinal tea blends.


 

Beverage Blends vs Medicinal Blends


Beverage blends are primarily designed for taste, pleasure, and enjoyment. These blends cater to casual tea drinkers and often include common herbs such as lavender or chamomile. On the other hand, medicinal tea blends are more specialized and focused, addressing specific ailments individuals may be experiencing at a given time.






 

The Formula



Taste, Texture & Time

Energetics

Affinity





The T.E.A. method is composed of three core components, represented by the three T's. If you solely focus on these three T's, you will have a delightful beverage blend. Alternatively, employing the complete T.E.A method will guide you in creating medicinal blends.


Let's delve into the components in detail.



 

Beverage Blends




Taste

Taste plays a crucial role in crafting remarkable beverage blends. With five primary tastes—sweet, sour, spicy, bitter, and salty—we aim to achieve a complex and multi-dimensional flavor profile.



A single-note tea won't suffice; we want to introduce various elements and layers to create an enjoyable and intriguing experience. By incorporating unexpected choices, we encourage tea enthusiasts to take multiple sips, trying to decipher the blend's ingredients. Remember, most people won't continue consuming something that doesn't taste good.


Therefore, focusing on taste not only enhances the blend's palatability but also increases compliance and long-term consumption. Additionally, different tastes have varying effects on different organs and systems within the body, making a complex flavor profile indispensable.




Texture is another crucial aspect. It's not merely about the size of the tea particles but rather about creating a blend that is layered, intricate, and visually appealing. For instance, breaking chamomile flowers into different shapes or combining them with lemon balm leaves can provide both visual and textural diversity. By ensuring the blend is visually enticing, we entice individuals to explore the tea before even taking the first sip.

Texture significantly contributes to the overall experience.



Lastly, time is a vital consideration. Infusions and decoctions are both options, and the steeping time varies for each. The principle of "like with like" guides us in determining the optimal steeping time. For instance, herbs suitable for a 10-minute infusion steeping time are incorporated accordingly. Moreover, longer steeping times may introduce a bitter profile, necessitating careful selection. Typically, fluffy herb parts are suited for infusion, while thicker and fibrous plant parts, like barks or roots, are ideal for decoction. Keep in mind that some roots may also be suitable for infusion, so comprehensive knowledge is essential. In certain cases, herb powders may be necessary to achieve the desired blend.






Once you have checked off these considerations, you will have created a perfect tea blend—be it for beverages or other formulations.





 

Crafting Medicinal Blends