What Types of Herbs to Grow in an Herbal Tea Garden

An Herbal Tea Garden is a great home addition and wonderful hobby. It brings you many benefits. You can relax, have a cup of fresh tea and enjoy the scenery. An Herbal Tea Garden can give you the possibility of having fresh herbal teas, also named herbal infusions or medicinal tisanes. From antiquity, these herbal infusions were used for medicinal and occult purposes.

Today, nothing is more relaxing than a hot cup of mint tea with a little honey, after a long working day. In fact, whatever you choose, the process is very simple. You need only, to poor boiled water over crushed herbs and let steep.

However, you do not need a specific area or garden for growing herbs. You can grow the herbs in pots. You need a nice garden with patio table, chairs under a gazebo or umbrella where you can enjoy a cup of herbal tea together with your family and friends.

Creating the Tea Garden

Choose an area of your garden or maybe a large container where you can create your Tea Garden. Add a good soil and you are ready to start your garden.

1. Choose Your Herbs:

Choose the herbs for your garden in accordance with your personal taste. You can choose from a wide variety of herbs such as:

Basil (lemon Basil), Peppermint, Lavender, Chamomile, Fennel, Lemon Balm, Lemon Verbena, Rose Hips, Bergamot, Marjoram, Rosemary, Sage (Pineapple Sage), Stevia, Violets

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2. Making Herbal Teas:

a)     For an Herbal Tea you need three teaspoons/cup of water, if the leaves are fresh and 1 teaspoon/cup of water if the leaves are dry.
b)    You should harvest when the dew is dried but in the morning when the plants are oily.
c)     The best harvesting time for most of the herbs is before they bloom.
d)    Prepare the tea by crushing the leaves, to release their oils and flavors. You can mix different herbs. This will create different kinds of flavors.
e)     Crush the leaves short time before you are ready to use them, otherwise they will lose their flavors.
f)      Put them into a teapot or directly into a mug or a cup. Pour boiled water over them.
g)     Allow time (5 to 10 minutes) to steep. This process will release the flavors.
h)    If you wish, you can preserve your herbs, drying them. You can make hot cups of teas during the cold season.
i)       Using bergamot, rose hips and peppermint, you can have a good version of iced tea.
j)       You can make a delicious spicy tea, adding coriander spice (cilantro) to a coriander infusion.
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3. Cautions:

a)     Avoid using herbs with pesticide residues.
b)    If you are allergic to ragwort, avoid drinking chamomile tea.