Tea is one of the simple pleasures of
life, and growing your own tea herbs and learning to blend your own teas
is fun and rewarding. While many herbal teas are chosen for their health
benefits, these six herbs were chosen for their flavor. That they also
happen to be good for you is just one more reason to explore the many
facets of tea plants.
Growing your own tea herbs
gives you the satisfaction of knowing your brew was grown without
chemicals, harvested at the peak of perfection, and preserved with minimal
disturbance to the leaf, giving you a perfect cup of tea.
Herb teas can be brewed by pouring pure water brought just to
the boil over fresh
or dried herbs and letting them steep for between 5 and 20 minutes, or by adding them to a large
glass jar filled with pure water and letting the sun do the work of infusing
the herbs. The quantity of herbs to use will depend on the herbs and your taste. Start
with a tablespoon of dried or two tablespoons of fresh herb per cup and
adjust to taste. Use each herb independently at first to become familiar
with its flavor. Then try two together and then three and so on. Take
notes as you create your herbal masterpieces. The six herbs presented here
can be blended with each other to make dozens of different combinations and
can be enjoyed hot or iced.
The tea herbs chosen for this garden are
hardy enough to return each year in Zone 5 and up, providing years of herbal tea