Growing an herbal tea garden is a lot easier than you might think! Just pick the location you would like to add your tea garden too and your container (you can plant in the ground as well). Here’s for the tricky part, choosing the herbs you would like to use in your tea! There are tons of wonderful combinations you can make but it will boil down to your own personal preference. All of these herbs are relatively easy to grow, require minimal care and will produce enough for an avid tea drinker.
Lavender is a wonderful addition to tea it’s floral taste is delicious and relaxing. Lavender tea is great to calm your mind, reduce tension and to alleviate headaches.
This is a very common herb used in teas, the consumption of its tea improves digestion, joint pain and helps with asthma. Lemon verbena is refreshing yet sour and is an incredibly easy plant to grow.
Mint is the most popular among herbal tea lovers, its also one of the easiest plants to grow. There are many types of mint that you can grow/use it’s up to you and your preference. Mint tea’s help with digestive disorders, abdominal pain and stomach cramps. It’s also known to stimulate your appetite.
Lemon balm is very closely related to mint however it does have a very distinct lemon flavor to it. It gives a nice flavor to herbal teas and even ice cream!
We all know a little something about this magic herb, it’s used for everything! The best part about ginger is that not only can the root but the leaves can be used as well to make tea. Ginger is an antioxidant and contains antibacterial properties. It’s known to help with colds, flu, nausea and improves digestion and appetite.
Thyme is a great herb to use to calm your stomach and sore throat. Thyme grows like a weed! It prefers to be in full sun but it’s really very tolerant.
Chamomile has a light fruity floral scent that is a useful medicinal tea herb. Traditionally chamomile was used to induce sleep which is still an effective use today.
Jasmine makes a wonderful tea on its own or mixes best with green teas. The best way to make a jasmine tea is to use fresh flowers.
Stevia leaves are a great way to add a little sweetness to your tea while keeping it all natural. Stevia is a natural sweetener and is used in place of sugar which if you’re a diabetic this should be the only sweetener your using.
Marjoram has a fruity and sour flavor with a slight hint of mint. This herb can help with digestion and stomach problems including poor appetite, liver disease, gallstones, intestinal gas as well as cramps.
Cilantro is a very common cooking herb but no one ever thinks to use it in tea. Mix some honey into your cilantro tea and it can help to soothe the acidity and constipation.
Rosemary is an extremely potent herb that can help to improve digestion, promote cognitive function and acts as an antioxidant, protecting the body from heart disease and cancer. Talk about a Super herb!
Fennel seeds are used to make teas for people who have irritable bowel syndrome or similar syndromes.
St. John’s Wort
St. John’s wort has been used for centuries, it’s a very effective remedy against nervous disorders. Insomnia, depression anxiety have no fear St. John’s wort tea is here!
Sage is an antiseptic herb that aids in the healing process of ailments such as; mouth ulcer and sore throat. Sage tea is also known to help with depression as well as alzheimers.
Most commonly referred to as a wild pansy, is a European flower that grows wild. Tricolor viola’s are known for their medicinal properties containing, flavonoids, saponins, anthocyanins, carotenoids that will help to fight cancer, various skin diseases, allergies and sore throat. You really can’t go wrong adding these beauties into your tea.
Basil is a great stress reliever and if you add a little honey and ginger it can help with asthma, cough, cold and influenza. Basil tea can also help to lower your blood sugar levels and is a great way to help cure bad breath.
No, catnip isn’t just for our 4 legged fur friends. Catnip is a mild sedative which is wonderful after a nice long day. It can also aid in digestive issues like diarrhea, relieve headaches and insomnia too. If you happen to be going through a nicotine withdrawal catnip can help to alleviate the stress of that.
Lemongrass makes for a great herbal tea, not to mention when you plant lemongrass in your garden your helping to get rid of the bugs!