There’s nothing more relaxing after a long day than unwinding with a cup of freshly brewed tea. And how could tea be any fresher than if it were made with herbs from your own garden?
If you’re planning to grow a tea garden, there are a few staples you should try to include. Members of the mint family, including spearmint, peppermint, apple mint and chocolate mint, make refreshing, aromatic brews on their own or mixed. Chamomile, echinaceaand lemon balm are other herbal options that grow well in gardens or containers.
To prepare your herbs for tea, all you need to do is let them dry out. After they are dry, store them in airtight containers. You may find it best to store each dried herb in its own container and mix as you brew in order to create the ideal combination for the flavor intensities you want at any particular time.
Loose-herb teas are best brewed in a teapot that has a strainer basket so you can sift out the dried leaves without compromising any of the flavor.