Garden Therapy Notes

 A Collection of Gardening Information and Inspiration

 
 

  

Growing Herbs for Tea

Growing herbs for tea is easy, economical, and can have many health benefits. Here are some easy-to-grow ones:

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Lavender
Benefits: Known to prevent insomnia, nervousness, dizziness and depression.

How To Grow: Lavender grows in full sun and likes dry, well-drained soil.

Making Tea: Add 1 cup of boiling water to 1 teaspoon of dried or 3 teaspoons of fresh blossoms.

Lemon Verbena
Benefits: I like to drink this tea when I need to feel comforted and relaxed after a busy day. This herbal tea has been used as a mild sedative that aids in digestion. It has also been known to be helpful in dispelling fevers and relieving nasal congestion.

How To Grow: Lemon Verbena needs to be grown in full sun using well-drained soil rich in organic matter. Pruning is a good idea to encourage the growth of secondary branches as the plant tends to get tall and straggly.

Making Tea: To make 1 cup of tea, use 3 teaspoons of fresh leaves or 1 teaspoon of dried leaves steeped in boiling water.  Cover with a saucer for 15 minutes to extract and keep the volatile oils contained. Strain the leaves and place them in the compost.

Mints
My favourite type of tea are the mints because they can be quite refreshing. They come in a variety of flavours including peppermint, spearmint, apple, pineapple, ginger, and even chocolate!

Benefits: Mints are known to soothe indigestion, heartburn, and stomach cramps, so it is a great tea to have after a heavy meal. It can also help those who tend to get symptoms associated with car sickness: it is known to relieve nausea, headaches and vomiting.

How To Grow: Mint grows well in partial sun. It prefers rich, moist soil. Frequent pruning will encourage more delicious leaf growth.   

Making Tea: Fresh leaves can be crushed and steeped in cold drinks for an added refreshing flavour. Fresh or dry leaves can be steeped in boiling water and covered until the desired strength is reached.

Chamomile
Benefits: I like to drink this tea when it is time to wind down in the evening. Chamomile is known for its sedative and calming properties. Some have told me that even just smelling the tea promotes good feelings. It is said to be beneficial for those with fevers and indigestion.

Plants provide us with comforting tea  to help improve or maintain our well-being. Being able to grow, dry, and prepare tea for oneself or a loved one brings up feelings of empowerment.

How to Grow: Chamomile can grow in sun or partial shade. It likes moist, well-drained soil. Chamomile re-seeds easily and seedlings transplant fairly well.

Note: Chamomile tea should be avoided by those who are allergic to compositae (daisy-like) flowers.

Making Tea: Put 1 teaspoon of fresh flowers or 2 teaspoons of dried flowers in a tea ball and place in a cup. Pour boiling water into the cup, cover with a saucer, and let steep for 2-5 minutes.


 

 

 

 

 

Written By: Lea Tran

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