Herbal Tea From Your Garden

Herbal Tea From Your Garden

It was the simple satisfaction of harvesting a hot aromatic cup of tea from my garden that inspired this blog post.  I was reading up on how and why we use tea cozies and discovered all these hot infusions that I had not considered. Thyme, basil, and I had forgotten about drinking lavender tea.  Now, I'm the hunter-gatherer with the red tea pot!

Mint

  • easy to grow indoors and out
  • Fresh minty drink hot or cold.
  • Aids digestion, calming and cleansing 
  • 3-4 leaves per cup

Lavender

  • grow indoors and out
  • fragrant, relaxing, calming
  • helps with insomnia, stress
  • infuse 3-4 flowers only per cup for 5 minutes
Thyme
  • grows indoors and out
  • subtle uplifting and warming tea
  • good for colds as it has vitamin C
  • infuse 4-5 whole steams in boiling water

Lemon Verbena

  • needs warm sunny spots, keep watered
  • growing outside, mine dies back in winter
  • refreshing, cleansing aromatic citrus flavour
  • aids in digestion
  • 4 leaves per cup

Basil

  • grows easily in a pot on the window sill
  • I can only describe the taste as fresh and herby:)
  • said to have many health benefits: anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, good for a sore throat
  • infuse 5-6 leaves per cup in bowled water for 5 minutes

I don't have fennel growing but it makes a great after dinner brew and is easy to grow here. You can also make fantastic combinations so have a look for some recipes according to the herbs you have growing.

  1. Start with a warm tea pot by swirling a little boiled water around and pouring it out. 
  2. Add your herbs, more for stronger tea, less for a weaker infusion. Cover with as many cups of boiled water as you are making.
  3. Covering your tea pot with a lid and a tea cozy not only keeps your tea warm while it steeps but also traps the steam in which helps extract the beneficial essential oils from the herbs.
  4. Leave for for 5-10 minutes. Pour through a strainer.

These infusions are also great once they have cooled down, add ice and lemon for  refreshing summer drinks.  Ah - and no packaging! 

 

 

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