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8 great herbs for making your own tea

Making your own tea is easier than you think! Try growing some of these herbs, then drying them and adding them to hot water. Not a tea drinker? Make your own herbal blends and sell them at your local farmer's market!
  • Herbal tea

    Herbal tea has been gaining in popularity lately, and it's incredibly easy to make your own with herbs you grow in your garden! Herbs promote different healing properties, and nothing is better after a long, cold fall day than a hot cup of tea. Herbal tea is uncaffeinated, making it a great drink before bedtime or whenever you need to relax. Not a tea drinker? Try packaging your own herbal blends and selling them at your farmer's market stand or in your homestead's shop! Here are some of the best herbs you can grow for making your own tea.

    Date Published: September 29, 2015
    Date Updated: September 29, 2015
  • Calming chamomile

    Not only are chamomile blooms pretty, the dried herb has plenty of health benefits. Chamomile tea is known for helping drinkers fall asleep, and it can be great for relieving an upset stomach or stomach cramps. Chamomile is a light, mild tea, making it a good choice for tea-drinking beginners.

    Date Published: September 29, 2015
    Date Updated: September 29, 2015
  • Relaxing peppermint

    Another excellent choice for a drink before bed is peppermint tea. Peppermint is a soothing and relaxing herb that can help with digestion and boost your immune system. Peppermint mixes well with just about every other herb, making it a versatile plant to add to your garden. The refreshing, familiar flavor of peppermint tea makes it a great starter tea, just like chamomile.

    Date Published: September 29, 2015
    Date Updated: September 29, 2015
  • Tension-relieving catnip

    Growing catnip is a treat for your barn kitties and a great herb to add to tea! After a stressful day, the healing properties of catnip are exactly what you'll want. Catnip is a sleep aid and can help relieve anxiety, migraines, and an upset stomach. Catnip has a minty flavor to it, meaning it has the same relaxing effect that peppermint tea has. If you're making catnip tea, though, make sure you keep it out of reach of any cats, since they love the smell of the herb!
     

    Date Published: September 29, 2015
    Date Updated: September 29, 2015
  • Sweet anise-hyssop

    Like the name suggests, anise-hyssop tastes sweet like licorice! However, it's also an herb in the mint family, so there is a minty taste to it, as well. The purple blooms of the herb add a pop of color to your garden, and the dried herb makes a delicious cup of tea that can ease digestion and soothe a sore throat. As an added bonus, honey bees are very attracted to the anise-hyssop herb, and anise-hyssop blooms are an excellent source of nectar for butterflies!

    Date Published: September 29, 2015
    Date Updated: September 29, 2015
  • Flavorful rosemary

    Rosemary is often used as a spice in meat and vegetable dishes, but it can also make an excellent tea! Rosemary has a more robust, herbal flavor, so it may not be the best for a tea beginner, but for those who enjoy the taste of rosemary in their favorite dishes, this tea is perfect. Rosemary is an antioxidant, can aid in digestion, and can improve brain functioning. Using rosemary tea as a hair rinse can also be a natural dandruff solution.

    Date Published: September 29, 2015
    Date Updated: September 29, 2015
  • Health-boosting rosehips

    Rosehips (red fruit that grows on rose plants after the blooms fade) are a popular ingredient in herbal tea due to it's health-boosting properties. Rosehips are incredibly high in vitamin C and antioxidants, making it a great choice for when you're starting to feel a bit under the weather. Rosehips can also soothe joint pain, so try drinking a cup after a long day of manual labor on the farm. It's common for rosehips to be mixed with hibiscus flowers in herbal tea, but can be tasty on its own or mixed with other mild, sweet herbs.

    Date Published: September 29, 2015
    Date Updated: September 29, 2015
  • Lovely lavender

    Lavender is a beautiful flower to have in your garden, and the relaxing, floral scent it produces makes it a great herb to use for tea. Lavender tea is a good choice for before bed, as it promtes relaxation and digestion. When not paired with other herbs, lavender tea will taste floral, just like how it smells, which might not be appealing to some tea drinkers. However, lavender pairs nicely with other herbs, like peppermint and catnip, and can enhance their relaxing properties.

    Date Published: September 29, 2015
    Date Updated: September 29, 2015
  • Tart lemongrass

    Lemongrass is a great filler plant in any garden, and when made into tea, it leaves the drinker with a refreshing lemony drink. Lemongrass can help soothe stomachaches and common cold symptoms, and produces a nice citrus flavor. Lemongrass can add an extra bite to other herbs, or can be delicious on its own (especially when sweetened with a drizzle of honey!)

    Date Published: September 29, 2015
    Date Updated: September 29, 2015

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