Surprise all the tea lovers on your gift list with handmade herbal tea sachets for Christmas or any occasion.
If you grow your own herbs, you may enjoy the fresh leaves or flowers in herbal teas, but it's easy to dry them and make them into herbal tea sachets to give as gifts. Dried herbs are more concentrated in taste, since they contain no moisture, so you'll need fewer dried herbs than you would fresh. Store the dried herbs separately in jars until you make the sachets, to retain their individual flavor.
Tip the dried herb of your choice out of its storage jar, and gently crumble the leaves or flower heads.
Arrange two teaspoons of the dried herb in the middle of one of the cheesecloth squares.
Gather the edges of the cloth square into the center, wrap the piece of twine around the top of the sachet and secure firmly in a bow.
Leave the ends of the twine long so the used sachet can be lifted out of a teacup. Make five more sachets, then gift-wrap them in a box.
Excerpted from A Greener Christmas
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