The general, or standard way to make geranium oil tea is largely in line with the same recipe used to make most teas that include essential oil or edible/indigestible oil.
Geranium oil tea provides a very floral taste, with a fragrant experience, and can be used to enhance most of the basic tea types.
Want to know how to make Geranium oil tea? Well, below is a clear guide on what you need, and the step-by-step method to make geranium oil tea with geranium oil, or with a few variations on the same theme.
Here’s the quick method if you have the plant available…
How to make geranium oil tea – If you’re using dried geranium leaves. You can simply add 1 – 2 teaspoons of dried geranium leaves into a pot, For fresh leaves use up to a 1/2 cup. Pour a cup of boiling water over the leaves, and allow to steep for 3-5 minutes, or until you’re happy with the color and taste. Pour and enjoy!
That’s the quick method, but there are a number of methods on how to make geranium oil tea – depending on what ingredients you have to hand.
If you don’t have fresh leaves to hand, then here are the main methods that you can follow and what you’ll need.
- Tea Pot
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- Hot Water
- Sugar or honey as desired
- 1-2 drops of geranium essential oil
- Tea of your choice – black, green, white, oolong, or herbal. (You can use tea bags or fresh tea leaves depending on your choice)
- First, pour hot water into your teacup (if you’re using tea bags) or pour water into a separate cup to steep the tea leaves of your choice.
- Dunk the tea bag of your choice or add 1 – 1.5 teaspoons of tea leaves into a pot and let it steep. (you can increase the teabags or the number of tea leaves according to how strong you want the tea to be)
- Let it steep for as long as the color looks right for your taste. The standard steeping time is between 3-5 minutes. If you steep longer you’ll get a strong tea, steep shorter and you’ll have a lighter tea.
- After steeping remove the teabags – if you used them. And if you used tea leaves, strain the tea leaves and transfer the tea to a teacup.
- Add 1-2 drops of the aromatic geranium oil into your teacup. Here is where you need to remember that depending on the brand of the oil, the fragrance and taste may differ. But in general terms, essential oils are of high concentration and even a little drop of the oil can go a long way.
- After adding geranium essential oil, you have the option of adding other types of edible essential oils – if you’d like to get a combined taste. These can include Anise, Bergamot, Clove, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Grapefruit, Lavender, and Lemon.
- Finally, mix the tea well until the oil becomes emulsified and infused into the tea.
- Taste the tea. Tasting is done to check the sweetness. Geranium oil in general is sweet and the oil should add some sweetness to the tea.
- If you feel you need more sweetness, go ahead and add sugar or honey as per your liking. Honey works best to give a natural and refreshing tea taste over sugar and is also a healthier option.
Note – if you’re adding a combination of geranium oil and another type of oil for your tea, add one drop of geranium and one drop of another type of oil equally.
If you want more of the geranium flavor add about one and a half drops of geranium oil and a smaller amount of the other type of oil.
How to make geranium oil tea using the plant
If you have a gorgeous geranium plant and want to make a geranium oil tea, then it really just uses the same method of preparation as outlined above.
But in place of the geranium essential oil, you can make the geranium oil infusion using the geranium plant.
- First, fill a jar with geranium leaves and flowers until it fills to the top of the jar.
- Next pour extra virgin olive oil till the oil completely covers all the herbs, at least one inch above all the herbs. You can also push the herbs down when filling the oil.
- Next, put this jar under direct sunlight for two weeks. Shake the jar daily to let them emulsify and infuse.
- After two weeks, strain out all the herbs and transfer the oil to a small bottle with a dropper lid.
- You can store this oil infusion for up to three months.
Geranium oil isn’t only good for geranium oil tea, but the geranium plant has a variety of other uses.
We hope this has helped answer the question of how to make geranium tea oil. For the best equipment don’t forget to check out my tea-wares page for my most favored equipment for tea heads!