As an herbalist, I have an entire room filled with jars of colorful herbs, bags of fragrant herbs drying, and back up stashes of sealed herbs in boxes to use throughout the year until it is time to harvest or reorder. You can easily obtain herbs from World Market or a health food store if you do not grow your own. You can also order online from Mountain Rose Herbs, San Francisco Herb Company, Starwest Botanicals, or a myriad of other herb suppliers, or from your friendly neighborhood herbalist, such as myself.
The Tea Basket
Tea one– 1 part chamomile, 1 part skullcap, 1/2 part lavender, and a big pinch of ginger for sleepy tea.
Tea two– 1 part elderberry, 1 part Echinacea, 1 part peppermint, and a big pinch of cinnamon for cold/flu tea.
Tea three– 2 parts dried orange peel, 1 part cinnamon chips, 1/2 part black loose tea. A delicious, fragrant tea blend for cold winter nights.
Tea four– simply package loose Earl Grey tea or other delicious teas like Oolong, or blend Hojicha (a green tea) with spearmint to make Moroccan Mint Tea.
Now add a tea ball, tea strainer, or ready made tea bags. Maybe a beautiful tea cup from the back of your cupboard or the thrift store. (Or I guess you can buy a new one!)
Arrange everything in a basket (old Easter basket, from the dollar store, or baskets on hand) with some tinsel and wrap it up with cellophane and a bow.
A beautiful gift to behold and receive. One that can be enjoyed for months to come!