The farm is covered in snow, the kids are resting and I finally have time to sit down for a cup of tea. Even though I can't live without a cup of coffee in the morning, by the afternoon, a hot cup of tea hits the spot. During the summer months we grow a variety of herbs that I then dry and use in my bath and body products, but also for herbal teas. If you have never blended your own tea before I suggest that you give it a try. Even if you don't have a stash of dried mint or lavender, you can often find these ingredients on-line from reputable organic sellers.
I like to experiment using combinations of relaxing herbs such as lavender and camomille, with soothing mint and lemon balm. If I need a bit of a caffine kick, I blend in a high quality black tea. Sometimes I will add essential oils such as lemon or bergamont. Rose petals and dried edible violets also can add a nice floral note. When only using whole dried herbs and flowers make sure to let the tea seep for longer than you would a store bought tea bag. I generally like mine the best after 5-8 minutes, with a bit of honey.