Love Potion #10 Tea

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Ok. Not really. It’s not a potion. No magic here. Just a yummy cup of tea that happens to be full of herbs known for their aphrodisiac qualities. It’s a sweet and simple handmade gift your tea lover will love on Valentine’s Day. If you’re an herb connoisseur you probably have everything you need on hand already. Otherwise, a quick run to the health food or grocery store will provide what you need, including:

  • Round Coffee Filters
  • Bakers Twine
  • Stapler and Staples
  • Stinging Nettle
  • Rose Petals
  • Lavender
  • Oat Straw
  • Whole Cloves
  • Lindon
  • Ginseng

First, create the tea mixture in a small bowl by stirring together all of the dried herbs. The mixture makes 3-4 tea bags. Here’s the recipe:

  • 3 tsp Stinging Nettle
  • 3 tsp Rose Petals
  • 1 tsp Oat Straw
  • 1 tsp Whole Cloves
  • 1.5 tsp Lavender
  • Pinch Ginseng
  • Pinch Lindon

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Next, create the tea bags. Start by cutting a piece of baker’s twine to the desired length (about 2.5 inches). Then follow the steps below to fold the coffee filter into a bag. Here are some things that might not be apparent from the pictorial below. Between step 2 and 3 you need to reopen the fold made in step 2. In step 3 fold the sides of the filter into the center line created by step 2. In step 4 fold the sides in again toward the same center line. Once the bag is formed and secured at the bottom with a staple, open it up gently with your fingers and use a small spoon to scoop the tea into the bag. Be careful not to overfill the bag because that will make it difficult to seal it. Follow the steps shown below to fold the bag closed, add the twine and staple the bag shut.

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Once the bag is created, filled and sealed you can make a little love note to attach to the end of the twine. Click here to download a template for creating the cute little note cards I’ve attached to mine.

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Print the template onto colored paper and cut along the outside lines. Fold the flaps inward and secure them with a dab of glue. I used an unwound paper clip to poke a hole in the top flap of the envelope and then again to push the twine through the tiny hole.

Viola! A subtle cup of love tea for your sweetie. It’s the perfect compliment to breakfast in bed!

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