I happen to have a $1 tea ball that I got on clearance at Kroger this past winter. Inside, I placed a few leaves of mint and a few leaves of sage (I paid $1 for each of the bags so it's a matter of pennies in each cup of tea). I poured 2 cups of hot water from our electric kettle into my mug and dipped the tea ball inside to steep. The water itself didn't change in color like a normal tea would, but I got the loveliest flavor and aroma!
I think we've found a winner! Chalk another point up to local eating!
Seems like herbs would be easy to grow, too. Maybe that'll be my next adventure. I've never grown herbs. Anyone have tips for growing? Or perhaps other combinations for homemade herbal tea?