Floral teas have been a part of tea culture for generations. Traditional Chinese teas have often been made from combining black, green, oolong and white teas with roses, chrysanthemums and jasmine, among others. Floral teas and herbal teas are prepared using very similar methods. With some patience and a few common household materials and tools, you can easily dry fresh flowers and add them to dried teas to create your own floral teas.
Cut pesticide-free fresh flowers with between 3 and 12 inches of stem with scissors or pruning shears.
Tie the flowers together tightly at the base of their stems with string. Leave about a foot of string loose at the base for hanging purposes.
Hang the flowers upside down from a hook, nail or screw, and allow them to dry. The amount of time required will depend on the size and type of flowers. Petals are ready for mixing with tea or other herbs when they are completely dried out and crumbly.
Break off the flowers from the stems and place them in a bowl. You may want to break up larger flowers. You can leave smaller flowers intact.
Add between 20 and 30 percent of dried flowers to dried tea leaves (black, oolong, green). The type of tea leaves is a matter of personal taste. Adjust the percentage of flowers to taste.