If you look in your closet right now, you’d probably find a variety of different clothing items. You may have some shirts that are similar, but your collection is most likely made up of a wide range of styles and fabrics, and a rainbow of colors. Similarly, your pantry is probably stocked with an assortment of options in each category. Maybe you have several different snack foods, a variety of herbs and spices, or a selection of convenience foods in different flavors and cuisines. Whether you’re considering your wardrobe or your kitchen, or any other area of your life for that matter, you acquire a variety of items because you want to be prepared for different situations. The same outfit that’s appropriate for a day at the office might not work for a nice dinner out. You may be in the mood to wear black one day, and feel like wearing a bright color the next. Likewise, you stock your pantry and refrigerator with lots of food options so that you have a choice; you can find something that is appealing, no matter what you’re in the mood to eat.
A well stocked herbal tea collection should be approached just as you approach filling your closet or your kitchen; choose a variety of different options, across a few broad categories, so that you know you’ll always have something to suit your mood. Not only are herbal infusions incredibly healthy, they are available in a huge array of flavors. In fact, the choices when it comes to herbals might just be so wide that it becomes overwhelming. If you feel like there are too many options to consider, you might be tempted to stick to the one brand or blend that you know, and forgo the rest of the possibilities. But if you stick to only one herbal infusion, you’re missing out on some fantastic flavors, and some really valuable health advantages. How can you branch out and expand your herbal collection without fumbling through the tea aisle of your supermarket for an hour?
First of all, think about adding to your collection one herbal at a time. Try looking for an herbal in a different flavor profile than the one you already have at home. Look at the options you have, and consider which category each belongs in: floral (like hibiscus or orange blossom), fruity (like peach, berry, or apple), spicy (like cinnamon or Chai), or earthy (like rooibos or chamomile). Once you’ve determined what flavor profiles you already have, experiment with a new flavor. Or, try a new blend that mixes something you know you love with something you haven’t tried yet. If you’re apprehensive about committing to a big box of prepackaged infusion bags before knowing whether or not you’ll like the flavor, seek out a local tea shop. They are becoming more common all across the country, and they have huge selections of loose herbals (and true teas) that you can purchase in small quantities to taste.