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Herbs for tea

Updated on March 22, 2013

Grow your own tea garden

Tea plays a very important role in many cultures, and although many of us do not live in a climate where the tea bush will thrive, there are many herbs which will grow and provide us with tasty, healthy herb teas.

Once you've got a few herbs growing well in your garden, you can mix and match and blend your own special herbal teas!

Shaker Medicinal Herbs - Garden Girl's Shaker Herb Garden

In this short video, Garden Girl harvests 3 herbs from her Shaker herb garden to make herbal teas.

Herbal teas - Pineapple sage, lemon balm, lemon & honey

Growing your own tea?

True tea might be tricky, but herbs are heavenly

In this article in the Independent, Cleve West explores the possibility of growing your own tea outside of China and India.

Then he looks at herbal teas, with some help from Jekka McVicar.

Herbs for tea
Herbs for tea

Time for Tea

Listen to the Alternative Kitchen Garden with a cup of herbal tea

The AKG show is all about growing your own vegetables, fruits and herbs in an environmentally friendly way.

This episode covers lemon balm, spearmint, chamomile, rosemary, lovage, lemon grass and holy basil.

Herbal Tea Gardens - 22 Plans for Your Enjoyment & Well-Being

Create your own herbal teas -- from tiller to teapot!

Teas to soothe, teas to relieve, teas to rejuvenate -- Herbal Tea Gardens contains everything you need to know to grow, blend, and brew healthful and delicious herbal teas.

You'll find more than 100 tea recipes such as Flu Brew, Double Green Digestive, and Women's Energizing Tonic, as well as 22 illustrated garden plans to help you customize your tea garden to suit your health needs and environment including:

-- Headache Relief Garden

-- Relaxation Garden

-- First-Aid Garden

-- Cough, Cold, and Flu Garden

-- Arthritis Care Garden

-- Shade Garden

Herbal Tea Gardens: 22 Plans for Your Enjoyment & Well-Being
Herbal Tea Gardens: 22 Plans for Your Enjoyment & Well-Being

This tea lover's gardening bible contains full instructions for growing and brewing tea herbs, plus more than 100 recipes that make use of their healthful qualities. Readers will find complete plans for customized gardens suitable for plots or containers.

 
Saffron - another Indian spice to grow
Saffron - another Indian spice to grow

Holy Basil

An exotic basil to brew

In India, Holy Basil (Tulsi, Ocimum tenuiflorum) is used to make an herbal tea, or combined with black tea to make a spicy brew.

Read more on Indian herbs and spices you can grow in your own garden.

Thyme
Thyme

Build an herb spiral

If you're building an herb garden, consider a spiral

An herb spiral is an easy way to give all of your herbs their ideal conditions, and doesn't take up much space.

Learn more about herb spirals.

Mints
Mints

Mint

One of the easiest herbs to grow makes a tasty tea

Mint is so easy to grow that it can become a nuisance in the garden. But this essential culinary herb also makes great tea. Try growing it in pots, or in chimney pots, so that it's rampaging growth is restricted.

There are many mints to choose from - so try a few and pick your favorites. Spearmint and peppermint are great, but for something a little different, try apple mint.

Lemon Balm
Lemon Balm

Lemon balm

Easy peasy lemony tea

Lemon balm is a member of the mint family, a perennial herb that is very easy to grow. It makes a delicious, lemony tea with many health benefits.

To find out more about growing and using lemon balm, read my article on lemon balm or listen to episode 22 of the Alternative Kitchen Garden podcast.

Lemon balm: Melissa officinalis

When the sun is high in the sky and your herbs are growing like crazy, combine the two and make Sun tea with Gayla from YouGrowGirl.

Let me know how you like your tea!

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

      I have tea twice a day. As I write I am having a cup of mint tea. :)) Yes the real thing from my tiny garden.

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      orange3 lm 5 years ago

      Great page! l love to use lemon balm in my tea.

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      Shana rios Chavez 5 years ago

      I like your lens very informative thanks

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Hi EmmaCooper,

      I enjoyed reading your lense. I like to grow a bunch of herbs. My favorite combination of herbs for tea is Marjoram, Spearmint, Lemon Balm and Lemon Verbena, so good! :)

      N T T

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      WhiteOak50 6 years ago

      Very nicely done! I love herbal teas and also write about them a lot. Good Job!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      When carbon cards come onto play which will track your petrol, food, electric/gas etc consumption, (for which you will be taxed heavily for going over quota). Everyone including the hippy bashers will be out there in summer, air seal jar in hand. This is the soon to end energy golden age. Make the most of it.

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      Tiddledeewinks LM 9 years ago

      Nice lens on tea! I only use herbal tea, but fresh leaves sound so much better than those store-bought. Anything fresher is always tastier than store-bought,like garden-fresh tomatoes!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Great Lens! I liked how you listed the mint and lemon balm, instead of sticking with just the regular teas.

      Thumbs up for great pictures as well.

      Have a great day!

      Peter

      http://www.TeaandWeightLoss.com