Handmade herbal tea sachets are easy to create yourself, and the tea may make a common cold or flu easier to endure. You can find bulk herbal tea leaves and blossoms at tea and coffee stores, health-food stores, and online. Each tea bag will hold 1 heaping tablespoon of leaves, petals, or blossoms. You can make sachets that contain a single ingredient or you can create combinations.
|Large embroidery needle||1 square (6 inches) double-ply cheesecloth|
|1 length (12 inches) cotton embroidery floss||1 square (2 inches) or circle (2-inch diameter) card stock|
|1 tablespoon selected varieties of herb leaves, petals, and blossoms|
Thread the embroidery needle with the length of the embroidery floss and set it aside. Place the herb or herbs on the double-ply square of cheesecloth; the herbs should be centered horizontally but slightly closer to you on the vertical axis.
Starting at the side closest to you, roll the tea up tightly, forming a fat “sushi roll” of tea. Bring the open ends of the roll together and twist them together tightly. Sew the twisted ends together with the embroidery floss, wrap the thread around the stitches twice, and then put the needle through the ends once more to secure the wound thread. Insert the needle thorough the edge of the card-stock square or circle and knot it tightly. Snip off the needle and trim away any ravels of cheesecloth.
Use a waterproof marking pen to write the name of the tea or tea blend on the card-stock label. If you wish, you can write the symptoms the tea may remedy on the reverse side of the label. Repeat to create as many sachets as you would like.
Here is a list of some common conditions and the tea ingredients that are thought to help cure or soothe them:
-- Congestion: ginger, thyme, licorice, and hyssop
-- Sore throat: comfrey and slippery elm
-- Compromised immunity: elderberry, dried orange peel, dried lemon peel
-- Sleeplessness: chamomile
Wrapping it Up
A good cup of herbal tea should be brewed in a nice pot and sweetened with some honey.
-- 1 large new or vintage tea pot
-- 1 wire twist tie
-- 1 small jar honey
-- 1 large square cellophane
How to fill a teapot with sachets
Fill a vintage or new teapot with the tea sachets and a small jar of honey. Center the filled pot on a large square of cellophane and gather the cellophane up around the teapot. Tightly twist the cellophane at the top of the teapot and secure it with the wire twist tie. Cover the twist tie with ribbon and finish with a simple or flouncy bow.
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