Herbs for tea making are as easy to grow as other herbs as the end use is different but the growing conditions are the same, good soil, warmth, light and moisture. You only need to start off with a few plants of mint, a patch of chamomile and 4-6 lemon balm plants. These herbs are the basics and you can mix with other herbs to make different blends of tea.
Herbal tea can be made from one herb or several different ones. Some use only the flowers such as camomile, and mint, others use the roots, such as ginger, dandelion, and others use the seeds, leaves or the bark.
Some herbs have a stronger flavor so you need to use less, about three teaspoons of fresh chopped herbs to one cup of water is sufficient. Dried herbs have a stronger more concentrated flavor so one teaspoon to one cup is used.
Infuse the dried tea in very hot water for five minutes, as you would normal tea, then strain it as you pour it into your cup. If you make a lot of herbal teas keep a small teapot just for that purpose.You can experiment with your own blend of herbs to find the taste you enjoy. Chamomile and spearmint makes a nice combination.
Most herbs can be used for tea making, the more popular ones include:
Dry a selection of herbs at the end of summer so you can have a variety of teas in the winter. Drinking your herbs as a tea will also give you extra vitamins and minerals to benefit your health. Mint tea has many medicinal uses as it will help soothe a sore throat and cough, and aids in digestion.
Many herbs used in a tea are very good for your health, but you need to be careful with certain health conditions as an adverse reaction can occur.
Cathy is an experienced gardener who just loves herbs (and in fact, all types of gardening)