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Try Your Hand at Tea Herb Gardening

Drinking herbal tea is an exceptionally guilt-free experience for me because it has no caffeine, no tannin, no calories; it tastes delicious and is pretty inexpensive. If drinking it doesn’t come natural to you, you can easily start a daily routine of tea drinking by adding it your breakfast or early morning snack.

The benefits of drinking herbal tea have been proven for centuries. Each herb has its own unique benefits. While some can help with your nerves, others can wake you up. Another host of herbs can reduce nausea and others unclog your head.

Whether it’s cold summer tea or warm winter tea, by growing a bed or two of your your favorite tea herbs, you’ll have enough yummy tea to make it in either case.

An extra benefit of making your own herbal tea is the fragrance. Pluck off some leaves from your favorite tea herb like chamomile, peppermint, spearmint or fennel and you’re all set.

When you get ready to make your tea, use a generous teaspoon of dried herbs for each cup of tea. If you are brewing a pot of tea put one teaspoon per cup (plus use an additional teaspoon for better results).

Because your fresh tea herbs are not as potent and the dried ones, you’ll want to use more of them. Try 2 to 3 teaspoons for each cup of tea.

You can make your own custom tea mix from a number of herbs, which I think is better than only using one. Add lemongrass or rosehip to your beebalm tea for a tangy, citrus tea.

Here are some of the best herbs to use in teas:

  • Beebalm: Although this herb is a part of the mint family, it has a light, citrus scent that reminds me of oranges. This herb, which was first brewed by Native Americans in Canada, is also known as Oswego tea and is thought to aid with an upset stomach, soothe a cough and sore throat, help with menstrual cramps and end flatulence and nausea.
  • Hibiscus: There are many types of hibiscus to choose from when you plan your garden. If you are planning your garden for tea, I recommend the rose mallow type because it has a slight hint of citrus. The marsh mallow (where the name, not the product marshmallow comes from) kind of hibiscus is known to ease sore throats and heal stomach ulcers—just collect the petals and make your tea!
  • Lemon Verbena: This small plant has a lot of lemon flavor and taste to bring your herbal tea, whether you brew fresh or dried leaves. This plant also adds flavor to other teas. I add a leaf or two of lemon verbena to my morning green tea–otherwise it just wouldn’t taste as good.
  • Rosehip: Drinking an herbal tea that has rosehips is a good way to get your vitamin C. It contains more than a typical vitamin. You can steep the rosehips to ward off colds and the flu.

You might also enjoy one of the mints, lemon balm, or lemongrass in your next cup of tea.

Be aware that herbal teas make great gifts—it does not cost much and your friends and family members will certainly appreciate it.

Good luck with your herb gardening. Be sure to let me know how your herb garden grows.

Here is more information on Tea Herb Gardening. Here is a website with a free mini-course dedicated to Herb Gardens.