Herbal tea has been adored throughout history, for a range for health reasons. Grow your own herbal tea garden and let your body be rewarded with the reaping.
Find a moment of peace by growing a herbal tea garden. Planting is the easy part, by choosing which teas can be overwhelming. There are a wide variety of teas available to plant, so here are the best of the bunch.
Peppermint tea can be easily grown in the garden. Grow it in pots, as it can spread and take over! The plant loves moist, shady areas.
Peppermint leaves have a purple tingle, are small and crinkled, with a slight point at the end.
To make your own peppermint tea, pick a handful of fresh leaves, and leave to sit in a pot of boiling water for at least 3-5 minutes.
Benefits: aids digestion, reduces nausea, refreshing.
The delightful chamomile plant grows in two varieties. The English variety is perennial, whereas the German chamomile has an annual harvest.
The plant thrives in a drained and sunny spot in the garden. Add it to your bed of herbs like lavender, rosemary, thyme and sage.
Chamomile sprouts flowers which look like small daisies. Simply cut them off, and they can be dried and stored in an airtight container.
Let the dried, or fresh flowers infuse in boiling water, and then sweeten with honey.
Benefits: calming before bed, soothes stress and anxiety.
Lemongrass grows as a tall plant in humid environments. Queensland backyards are ideal to grow the plant in.
Pick a few of the stalks and soak in boiling water for 2-3 minutes. It is enjoyable by itself or you can add slices of ginger, and honey. During summer, it is ideal when chilled and served as an iced tea.
Benefits: aids depression, anxiety, fatigue, insomnia and headaches
Other herbal tea plants include:
Get planting this weekend! Soon you will be able to sit back and enjoy tea that has sprouted from your very own garden.