Save money and grow your own tea garden! You get to pick which plants to grow and create tea blends with the freshest herbs! Here are 5 good herbs for tea.
I Love Tea!
Several years ago I cut coffee from my diet. Turns out, I enjoy drinking tea much more.
Earl Grey is my go-to tea, but I try to limit my caffeine intake. This means I drink a lot more herbal tea, especially in the afternoon and evening. I’m pretty indiscriminate in my tea drinking and I enjoy new flavors.
Quality Tea is Expensive
If you love tea as well, you know that it can be an expensive habit. There are so many wonderful bulk and loose teas out there! I make sure to only buy organic tea because there is widespread use of pesticides in non-organic and commercial teas.
Grow a Tea Garden
The best way to be sure of the quality of your tea is to grow your own herbal tea garden! It is very easy and takes limited space. Plus, I use many of the herbs from my herbal tea garden in DIYs like this garden mint and rosemary infused hair oil or this Aromatic Lavender Wreath.
Growing an herbal tea garden is very easy to do and exceptionally cost-effective. Below I’ll share some of my favorite herbs to use in tea. If you have any to add to my list, I’d love to hear in the comments below!
5 Good Herbs For Your Tea Garden
1. Lemon Balm
Also known as Melissa, this easy to grow herb is fresh and bright. It gives a sweet, lemony flavor to teas and can be combined with a number of other herbs. I like to combine it with Lavender buds for a refreshing evening cup or with spearmint when I’m looking for some energy.
Growing tip: Lemon balm is a member of the mint family and can tend to be invasive.
There is a reason why chamomile tea is so popular. It’s soothing and comforting and goes great with a spoonful of honey. Chamomile and lavender are two of my favorite herbs in night time teas. Even my little ones love to sip on some lukewarm chamomile tea before bed. Chamomile is also a beautiful addition to any tea garden. It’s snowy white petals have a bright yellow center that is absolutely beautiful.
Growing tip: Both Roman and German chamomile can be used for teas, but I find that German chamomile is easier for me to grow and tastes a little milder than Roman chamomile.
The first plant I planted when I moved was lavender. I use this wonderful smelling herb in so many DIYs. Many people don’t think of using lavender in cooking applications, but it gives a lovely floral note to baked goods and especially to teas! As I mentioned before, I love to combine lavender with chamomile before bed or with lemon balm for a brighter cup of relaxing tea.
Growing tip: Lavender loves dry soil and lots of Sun! Make sure you give it lots of room to grow.
If you are looking to naturally sweeten your tea without sugar, then look no further. This is my first year planting Stevia in my tea garden, but I’m looking forward to calorie-free sweet teas! You can use the leaves fresh or dried, which makes it a great addition to any tea blend.
Growing tip: Stevia thrives in well-drained soil. It is often grown as a perennial in zone 9 and above but will need to be planted yearly in climates that experience frost.
Really any mint is wonderful for teas and is a must for any tea garden! Spearmint is my favorite because I think it has a sweeter, lighter flavor than peppermint. I also love the beautiful purple flowers of spearmint. This herb blends well with many others and is very soothing to sore throats. I generally choose peppermint for sore throats and spearmint for digestive support.
Growing tip: Spearmint is fairly invasive, so it can be grown in a container if you want to keep it contained.
Have you ever considered growing a tea garden? Which herbs are you going to start with?
5 Excellent Herbs to Grow For Homemade Tea was written by Katie Vance.