Creating medicinal tea blends from fresh herbs in your garden is a rewarding and healthy experience. I want to share nine of my favorite garden tea blends you can make using freshly picked or dried herbs. Not only are these blends delicious, but they are also healthy. It’s a win-win!

Why grow herbs?

Fresh ingredients: When you grow your herbs, you can access the freshest ingredients possible. Freshly harvested herbs retain their flavor, aroma, and medicinal properties better than store-bought ones.

Quality control: By growing herbs, you can ensure that no pesticides, herbicides, or other chemicals are used in their cultivation. This gives you control over the quality and purity of your tea blends.

Variety: Growing your herbs allows you to experiment with various flavors and blends. You can grow common herbs like mint, chamomile, and lavender, as well as more unusual ones like lemon verbena, lemon balm, and stevia.

Cost-Effective: Once established, many herbs are relatively low-maintenance and can provide a continuous supply of leaves for tea at little to no cost. This can save you money in the long run compared to buying packaged herbal teas.

Sustainability: Growing herbs for tea reduces your reliance on commercially grown herbs, which may have been transported long distances and packaged in plastic. It’s more sustainable and environmentally friendly, especially if you use organic gardening practices.

Customization: Growing herbs allows you to customize your tea blends to suit your taste preferences and specific health needs. You can adjust the proportions of different herbs or experiment with new combinations to create unique flavors and effects.

Herbal tea blends you will love

Here are nine herbal blends you can make using herbs commonly found in gardens:

Immune Boosting Blend

Ingredients: Echinacea, elderberry, rose hips, lemon balm.

Benefits: Supports the immune system and helps fight off colds and flu.

Digestive Support Blend

Ingredients: Peppermint, chamomile, fennel, lemon verbena.

Benefits: Soothes upset stomach, aids digestion, reduces bloating.

Calming Blend

Ingredients: Lavender, lemon balm, chamomile, passionflower.

Benefits: Relieves stress, promotes relaxation, aids sleep.

Energy-Boosting Blend

Ingredients: Ginseng, ginger, lemon verbena, green tea leaves.

Benefits: Increases energy levels and enhances mental alertness.

Antioxidant Blend

Ingredients: Green tea leaves, hibiscus, rose hips, mint.

Benefits: Fights free radicals, supports heart health, and boosts immunity.

Anti-Inflammatory Blend

Ingredients: Turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, black pepper.

Benefits: Reduces inflammation, relieves joint pain, and supports overall health.

Respiratory Support Blend

Ingredients: Thyme, mullein, eucalyptus, peppermint.

Benefits: Clears congestion, soothes coughs, supports respiratory health.

Detoxifying Blend

Ingredients: Dandelion root, nettle leaf, burdock root, milk thistle.

Benefits: Cleanses the liver, supports kidney function, aids detoxification.

Brain-Boosting Blend

Ingredients: Ginkgo biloba, gotu kola, rosemary, sage.

Benefits: Enhances cognitive function, improves memory, and boosts mental clarity.

How to make herbal tea

Follow these steps to make a delicious and healthy herbal tea drink using your garden herbs.

Harvest the herbs: You can gather fresh herbs from your garden or purchase them from a trusted source. Rinse the herbs gently under cold water to remove dirt or debris.

Prepare the herbs:  Remove any damaged or discolored leaves and discard them. If the herbs are on stems, you can leave them intact or strip the leaves from them, depending on your preference.

Infusion Method

Place a handful of fresh herb leaves directly into a teapot, mug, or infuser. If using dried herbs, you can still make fresh-tasting tea by using about one tablespoon of dried herbs per cup of water.

  1. Heat water in a kettle until it reaches a rolling boil. If you prefer, you can use filtered water for the best taste.
  2. Carefully pour the boiling water over the fresh herbs in the teapot, mug, or infuser.
  3. Allow the herbs to steep in the hot water for 5 to 10 minutes, depending on your preference and desired flavor strength. Cover the teapot or mug with a lid or saucer while steeping to trap the aromatic steam.
  4. If you prefer your tea without floating herb leaves, you can strain it through a fine mesh sieve or a tea strainer as you pour it into cups.
  5. If desired, sweeten your fresh herb tea with raw local honey or maple syrup.
  6. Pour the freshly brewed herb tea into cups and serve hot. Alternatively, you can let it cool and serve it over ice for a refreshing iced herbal tea.

Experiment with different combinations of herbs to discover your favorite flavors and therapeutic benefits.

Happy Growing,

Hi There! Susan Here.

(aka the Earthen Mamma)

As a Certified Health Coach, Master Gardener, and Author, my goal is to equip and inspire you to live the healthy and sustainable life you deserve.

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