Make Your Own Home Grown Herbal Tea
Are you getting tired of drinking your regular cups of tea and coffee?Then why not try some herbal teas, and if you grow your own herbs you can brew your own home grown herbal teas.
They are very easy to make and will cost you very little as you are using your own home grown herbs and produce.
There are many herbs you can use that are growing right on your doorstep, and you can experiment with different herbs to make refreshing and caffeine free drinks.
Home Grown Herbs
Mint is a herb that is very easy to grow and best grown in pots as it spreads quite freely.Black peppermint has always been grown for medicinal uses and it is known to settle your stomach.
I grow many varieties of mint, spearmint or applemint are best ,but your garden mint will be fine.You can just pick you fresh leaves, put them in some boiling water and simmer for a few minutes and you will have a refreshing drink that will benefit your stomach.
Sage for some people is an acquired taste and mostly associated with stuffing's and pork,but it is becoming popular as a herbal tea drink.
Sage is helpful in medical conditions such as heartburn,halitosis and sore throats(gargling the tea is recommended).The sage leaves are very strong and you won't need many leaves to make your brew.You could try adding a little lemon to your tea.
Dill is another herb that is used as an aid to indigestion.You could mix this with carraway and fennel which are other herbs similar in looks to dill.
The stalks can be used in these infusions and you may want to experiment with different quantities to perfect your blend.
Lavender is easy to grow and the aromatic foliage has many uses. The flowers can also be used in vinegars and oils.
Lavender is thought to have many health benefits and the tea helps to relieve cold symptoms and coughs as well as helping with breathing problems relating to bronchitis and asthma.Lavender also has a calming influence on the nervous system and eases insomnia.
Lavender tea is easy to make, pick the flowers as they open up, they can be used fresh or you can dry them for later. Pour boiling water over a heaped teaspoon and let it steep for 5 minutes. Lemon can be added to spice it up a little.
Nettle may be considered a nuisance weed, but it is used in tea, making and wine-making.Nettles are high in vitamin C, it is a good tonic as well as purifying the blood.
You should wash the leaves first use a good heaped teaspoon of chopped leaves and make as you would tea in a teapot and let the leaves stew for around five minutes. You can drink the brew just as it is, or sweeten it with a little honey.