Grow Tea From Your Garden
There is nothing more relaxing than a nice cup of tea in the winter!
If you have a herb garden, you can make your own tea blends! Here is how.
Choose Your Herbs
You are probably already growing most of these in your garden already!
Herbs such as lavender, basil, mint, rosehip, and chamomile are all great options for your homemade tea blends. Here are some facts about them.
Mint: You can make freshly brewed mint tea with either peppermint or spearmint. The Spruce has a great recipe if you need guidance! Besides smelling great and freshening your breath, peppermint is often associated with calming the digestive tract. It is also possibly effective for soothing a migraine, heartburn, and even breastfeeding discomfort!
Basil: A popular flavor in Italian cuisine, basil can also make a delightful tea. It is an excellent source of calcium, vitamin C, magnesium, potassium, and iron. This recipe from Taste of Home uses lemon and basil for a refreshing tea.
DIY Herbal Tea
Once you have your herbs picked out, get ready to brew!
Make sure you have enough herbs to fill ¼ to a ½ cup per cup of water.
Using filtered water, bring to a boil and then let cool for a few minutes. (Tap water can dilute the flavor of the herbs.)
Place herbs in your teapot. Pour hot water over the herbs and let steep until it reaches your desired strength. If you wish, press the herbs against the side of the teapot with a spoon to release more of the flavor.
Garnish your tea with lemon or other citrus to complement the herbs.
Have you made your own herbal tea from your garden? We would love to hear about it!