Homemade Vitamin C Tea Blend

Hibiscus and rose hips are both Vitamin C power houses. This is a much appreciated homemade tea blend for when an immunity boost is needed, or for the times when you're feeling stressed, over-worked, or dragging just a bit. I add a good bit of saffron, and lemon peel for dimension and flavor.

Homemade Vitamin C Tea Blend

Many of you have seen my spice drawer, it's always in some state of disarray. I also have another area filled with ingredients I use to make herbal tea blends. You'll find dozens of little white bags filled with chamomile, hibiscus, dried nettles, citrus peels, ginger and the like. Inviting a spectrum of teas into your life is great way to supplement different vitamins and minerals, and hydrate at the same time. Along those lines, my philosophy is that every glass of tea is an opportunity to do something nice for your body. So, whenever inspired, I blend a couple of small containers full of different ingredients to brew - usually some sort of seasonal or supportive blend, and then keep the containers on hand at both the house and our work studio.

vitamin c tea in a glass teapot

Homemade Vitamin C Tea Blend

I thought I'd share an easy favorite with you today - a Vitamin C Tea Blend. This one is much appreciated when an immunity boost is needed, or for the times when we're stressed, over-worked, or just dragging a bit. Hibiscus and rose hips are both Vitamin C power houses, and I like to add a good bit of saffron, and lemon peel for dimension and flavor. The pronounced tang and vibrancy of this tea is something I love straight, but feel free to sweeten if you prefer. 

ingredients to make vitamin c tea on a counter plus a glass teapot

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Enjoy! Also, click here if you think you'd also like to make more of your own homemade spice blends. -h

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Vitamin C Tea Blend

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There are a lot of great sources for tea ingredients online, and often at farmers' markets. I always look for unsprayed, preferably organic. And you can dry your own lemon peel at home. I prefer to peel it, remove any white pith by scraping with a knife, and then thinly hand cutting the peel. Allow to dry in a warm sunny place until completely dry. Store in air-tight container. Alternately, you can use a dehydrator.

  • 3 tablespoons dried hibiscus, crushed
  • 3 tablespoons dried rose hips, crushed
  • a generous pinch of saffron threads
  • 1 teaspoon dried lemon peel
  1. Combine all the ingredients and place in a container.

  2. To brew the tea, pour ~three cups of water over a generous 1 tablespoon of the tea blend. Allow to steep for at least four minutes, longer if you prefer a stronger brew. Strain and enjoy. You can use for multiple brews.


Makes about 1/3 cup.

Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
4 mins
Total Time
9 mins
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Hi! This tea sounds delicious! What is the vessel and strainer you are steeping it in? Where can I buy it? I know I don't need it for this, but it's so lovely. :-)


    Hi Athena - it's the Mono Filio teapot. I've had mine for at least ten years! Love it.

    Heidi Swanson

I'm with you on the tea, so soothing and comforting, even when you are not sick. But when you are....the vitamin C mix will surely do the trick! I only drink decaf tea, is it possible to know if this is or is not decaf? I'm such a poor sleeper.

Laura ~ Raise Your Garden

    Hi Laura – yes, this is decaf. Enjoy!

    Heidi Swanson

What a wonderful philosophy: every glass of tea is an opportunity to do something nice for your body. I'll have to remember that to share with clients! And this tea looks like a treat - I know I'd love the tang and vibrant notes you describe it having.

Katie @ Whole Nourishment

I posted herbal tea(s) today too :D Do you buy your herbs at Rainbow?

valentina | sweet kabocha

    Hi Valentina! I get them a mix of places….Rainbow certainly has a amazing selection!

    Heidi Swanson

This post reminds me--I need a spice system. I spent considerable time today trying to source a masala dhaba, but the quality I turned up online was questionable. If you have any suggestions, I would appreciate it! I have only one drawer in my kitchen, and cooking Indian food is challenging enough already.


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