What You Need:
- Fresh herbs such as mint, chamomile, or rose hips
- Push pin
- Wax paper
- Coffee filters
- Spices (such as cinnamon and nutmeg)
- Hot water
What You Do:
- Start by drying the fresh herbs. Have your child tie the herbs in bundles with string and hang them upside down in a cool, dark place. Alternatively, you can also dry herbs in a low oven (around 200 degrees F), checking every few minutes until they are completely dry, but for maximum flavor and quality, air drying is best.
- Once the herbs are completely dry, lay them on a sheet of wax paper and have her carefully crush them using the back of a spoon or another blunt object.
- Add any desired spices to the crushed herbs such as cinnamon, nutmeg, or licorice root. Be careful not to add too much—a little goes a long way!
- Help her trim the coffee filter into a 2" x 4" in rectangle.
- Fold the coffee filter rectangle in half width-wise, then unfold it and place a large pinch of the herb and spice mixture in the middle.
- Fold the filter in half again, then fold in the sides and top of the rectangle to create a bag.
- Make two holes in the top of the bag by carefully pressing the push pin through both corners. Thread a length of string through the holes and tie the ends together.
- Drop the tea bag in a mug and pour hot water over it. Let it steep for 5-7 minutes.
- Carefully remove the tea bag, then taste your tea to see how it came out.
Keep experimenting with different blends until you find your own signature brew.