Homemade Peppermint Tea [with FREE printable]

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Looking for some homemade holiday gift ideas? You’re in luck! I’m joining 11 other bloggers to to bring you Homemade Holiday Gift Ideas! During the winter I love to curl up with a warm cup of tea, and I’m guessing I’m not the only one. I’m sharing a quick and easy way to make Homemade Peppermint Tea for your friends and family members!

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If you want to make your own homemade tea, you have to start by drying out some peppermint leaves. The long version of this story involves growing your own peppermint through the summer months. If you’ve ever done this before, then you know how quickly it spreads, and how easily it comes back. What a great excuse to make homemade tea every year! If it’s too late to harvest your own, you could always use some from a friend or family member’s garden (like I did!), or you could buy the leaves at a local market or grocery store. It all tastes delicious!

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Drying the leaves can also been done in a couple of different ways.

  1. If you have some time, you could gather loose bunches of the peppermint, and let them hang to dry. You simply gather the mint into loose bundles and tie the stems with an elastic band to hang them upside down. You can use a brown paper bag to cover them, which will protect them from dust and sunlight bleaching the colour out. Make sure that the bags have slights to allow some air flow and prevent molding. Hang them upside down in a warm, dry place until the leaves are brittle to the touch. It usually takes about two weeks. When they are dry, separate the leaves from the tough stems (you can keep small stems) and seal them in a glass jar or pouch.
  2. For the time-strapped, you can also oven dry your leaves. Simply wash the peppermint, then separate the leaves and small stems (remove tough stems and discoloured leaves) and lay out the peppermint on parchment paper on a baking sheet. Heat for 30 minutes on low (100F), then check every 15 minutes after that. It will be done when the mint crumbles in your fingers.

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If you want, you can make your leaves into Chocolate Peppermint Tea by adding cocoa nibs to your peppermint leaves. They add a chocolately flavour without adding melted chocolate to your tea. Just add about a tbsp  to a mini mason jar of tea. More if you want a stronger chocolate flavour. Perfect addition!

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This homemade tea makes a PERFECT stocking stuffer or hostess gift. Just pile the mixture into some small boxes or mason jars, add some jute string or a ribbon to pretty them up, and then add one of my fun FREE Holiday Homemade Tea labels!

Download your free printable here! 

Free Tea Printable

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If you like gift baskets, add your homemade peppermint tea to a Tea Lover’s gift basket! Here are a few more ideas to buy your tea loving friends and family members:

Gift Ideas for the Tea Lover

  1. Mr.Tea Loose Tea Leaf Strainer
  2. Tea: History, Terroirs, Varieties
  3. Stylish Glass Water Bottle with Tea Strainer and Sleeve
  4. Disposable Drawstring Paper Tea Bags
  5. Green Tea Mini KitKat Bars {I had these in Japan and they are delicious!}
  6. Glass Teapot

Now it’s time for some more DIY Christmas gift ideas from my Canadian blogging friends. Get ready for some wonderful handmade gift inspiration for your holidays!

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From the top, they are:

Christmas Scented Paper Sachet DIY Gift Bag from Time With Thea
DIY Holiday Pallet Sign from Fresh Crush
DIY Lime Mint Sugar Scrub from Setting for Four
Go Ahead, Get Messy Family Gift from The Inspired Home
Homemade Peppermint Tea from Love Create Celebrate
DIY Clay Jewelry Bowls from The Sweetest Digs
Homemade Honey Lip Balm from Lifeovereasy
DIY Metallic Pouch from The DIY Mommy
Hot Chocolate Ornament for One from Bette Creek
DIY Glitter Bird Garland from PMQ For Two
Monogram DIY from Mommyzoid
Traditional Fruitcake from New House New Home New Life

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11 thoughts on “Homemade Peppermint Tea [with FREE printable]

  1. I love peppermint tea but have never thought to make my own. I have regular mint in the garden but not peppermint, I am assuming they are different. I might try making mint tea this year and then look for peppermint in the spring ready to grow next year. I love your beautiful packaging for a gift too.
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