Best Herbal Teas To Make At Home
Would you like the best herbal teas to make at home? Nothing tastes better than a nice cup of organic herbal tea that you made right at home yourself. The fragrant, organic herbs and flowers grown right in your own garden and gently dried by your own hands. That “Aaaaah” moment you get after a sip of your brew. Healthy, organic. Life is good!
There is no better feel good moment than sitting down after a long, hard day and relaxing to a warm cup of fragrant, flavorful herbal tea. If you have a garden, large or small, you can grow your own herbs very easily for your home – brewed teas. Most herbs are very hardy and can basically do well in any garden. Very few are finicky. So go grab some organic herb seeds and let’s get started with our wonderful teas! You can purchased most of the ingredients at your local health food store if you do not have a garden. Below you will see a link to the highly recommended Botanical Interests website. This is where I purchase most of my organic seeds and have had great success with them.
You can use any herb variety you choose to make your own teas. I love mixing and matching mine and will often add 2-3 different herbs to my infusion. Have fun, do experiments and find out what your favorite flavors are. If you cannot grow your own herbs and need to buy them. I highly recommend Mountain Rose Herbs. They are a trusted site and have wonderful organic products. Just click on the link in my side bar or below this post and you will head straight to their site. Or you can purchase the ingredients at most health food stores, but make sure they are fresh and organic and free of chemical and pesticides before you buy them.
You can measure your flowers and herbs by cups, spoons or handful amounts. If I mix and match herbs and flowers, I will add a few teaspoons, or a larger handful of the flavor I want to be most pronounced. Just keep in mind that dried herbs will be slightly stronger than fresh herbs, so when you are measuring your herbs and flowers out for your cup of tea, you can adjust to suit your taste.
The steeping of a substance into water, oil or alcohol. Yes, it’s that simple. To make an herbal tea, all you have to do is steep your dried or fresh herbs in hot water for an extended period of time. The longer you steep the stronger your tea will be. Steeping for 5 to 6 minutes is usually a good time frame. You can steep your herbs, seeds, roots and flowers in hot water by either using a mesh tea ball infuser, a homemade tea bag, or into a glass tea infuser as shown in the picture at the top of the page. I use all three methods for my teas and they all work wonderfully. Once you strain your flowers and herbs, you can add the spent ingredients to your compost pile.
My Favorite: Best Herbal Teas
Lavender and chamomile:
I grow both Lavender and Chamomile in my garden and use both on a frequent, consistent basis. Lavender can be a bit tricky to start from seed (for me anyway!) so I buy small starter plants at a local organic farm. Chamomile is very easy to grow from seed and can be grown in almost any home garden. These two wonderful, fragrant flowers are known for their calming and soothing properties and I make this my favorite night- time tea before bed. The following is for approximately 2 cups of tea.
Add 2 tablespoons freshly chopped or dried lavender flowers (I even use stems) and 2 tablespoons fresh or dried chamomile to container of choice ( I use my infuser) add 2 cups water and heat slowly for approximately 3-5 minutes, do not boil. Once heated turn off stove and let flowers steep in hot water for approximately 5 minutes. Strain. You can slowly reheat before drinking and then add to your cups and enjoy! I add 1 tsp of organic honey to this drink at night. Yummy! You can also make this as an iced drink and is wonderful with a wedge of lemon or lime.
Spearmint with fresh Lemon:
I grow all my mint plants in containers around my garden, since this is an extremely invasive plant and will quickly take over your garden area if not contained. Amy mint plant can easily be started from seed or plants and it is not picky about the soil it is grown in. The mint family is known for its soothing properties and benefits of soothing upset stomachs. And it tastes yummy! You can use any variety of freshly chopped mint or dried mint. The flavors of mint are vast including pineapple, spearmint, peppermint, apple mint ect. My favorite is the spearmint.
Add 1/4 cup freshly chopped or 1/4 cup dried mint to water and slowly heat. Let steep approximately 5 minutes. Strain. Add a small amount of fresh squeezed lemon juice to your cup and enjoy!
Red Clover Tea:
Red clover is packed with nutrients and very easy to grow in your garden. It has Vitamin C, Potassium, calcium, and magnesium among many other beneficial nutrients. Researcher has proven that red clover can reduce menopausal hot flashes also.
1/4 cup fresh or dried red clover flowers steeped in 2 cups hot water for 10 to 15 minutes. Strain herbs and enjoy. I add cinnamon and honey to my red clover tea for a yummy morning drink. This tea is delicious also with hibiscus flowers steeped with the red clover
Ginger and Turmeric:
I grow both ginger and turmeric very successfully in my garden greenhouse in large pots. Yes, even in Colorado you can grow these warm weather loving nutritional powerhouses!. Turmeric is known for its powerful anti-inflammatory properties and pain relieving qualities. It’s active ingredient, curcumin, is not only a potent anti-inflammatory, it is also a potent antioxidant.
Ginger is known for its delightful flavor and tummy soothing properties. It is also widely used for inflammation. I love ginger in any form! Candied, teas, sliced, chopped or diced in foods!
I mostly drink these two separate rhizomes separately for my teas, but occasionally I will mix them together. You can use sliced, shredded or dried ginger and turmeric for this tea.
Add 3-4 slices of each rhizome (turmeric and ginger) into a double boiler, add enough water for 2 cups of tea. Heat on low heat for several minutes without boiling. Let steep for approximately 8-10 minutes. Slowly reheat, strain, then pour into cups and enjoy! This tea is wonderful with honey and fresh squeezed lemon. Many people will also add milk, cream or cinnamon to this tea. Yum!
Lemon Balm and/or Lemongrass:
I love lemons. I love lemon flavors. I will eat, drink, smell anything lemon! This is probably my favorite of all the teas. You can add one or both of these extremely flavorful herbs. I also love these 2 herbs infused in chilled water with sliced strawberries. Delicious!
Lemon balm is known as a calming herb that helps reduce stress and anxiety. It is a perennial plant and can quickly take over your garden, so it will be best to keep this plant in a container.
Lemongrass is a heat loving plant and is best grown in warm climates or in a greenhouse. I kept mine in a large pot in my greenhouse and it grew…and grew…and grew! I had to keep trimming the plant to keep it at a reasonable height. It is super easy to dehydrate and store and you can chew on the leaves fresh or dehydrated for a yummy lemon treat.
For hot tea this will make approximately 4 cups of tea: Add 1/4 cup fresh or dried lemon balm and 1/4 cup fresh or dried chopped lemongrass with 4 cups of water to a double boiler. (I use my infuser) Heat slowly for several minutes. let steep. Strain and enjoy!
For Iced tea: Fresh herbs work best for this, but you can also use dried, you will just have to let it steep longer. In a half- gallon glass jar (you can use a gallon jar) add 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries. You can use pineapples, mangos, peaches or blueberries for this iced tea. the choice are limitless! Add 1/2 cup lemon balm, 1/4 cup chopped mint (optional) and 1/4 cup lemongrass. Fill glass jar with warm water almost to the top. I set my jar in a sunny window or even outside for several hours first and then refrigerate, but you can add cold water and set straight into the refrigerator and let chill for several hours, but the flavor may not be as intense. Enjoy with ice and a sprig of mint!
Echinacea (leaves and flower petals)
Perfect for cold and flu season, research shows that this powerful plant can help ward off and decrease signs and symptoms of colds. Delicious with organic honey or a squeeze of fresh lemon.
For 2 cups add 1/4 cup dried or 1/2 cup fresh flowers and 2 cups water to double boiler and heat on low heat for 8-10 minutes. Turn off stove and let steep for another 10 minutes. Strain and pour!
Rosehips are the fruit of the rose bush plant and contains tons of vitamin C which is very important for the immune system. Rosehip has a pleasantly tart flavor and contains other vitamins such as A, B and K and also pectin. Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 2 tablespoons of chopped rosehips. Steep for 15 minutes. Strain and enjoy! sweeten with a touch of honey.
Cinnamon and Cloves
I add cinnamon and cloves to almost all my herbal teas for flavor and also both have strong antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties.
You can use the leaves and flowers of the lemon scent plant. Lemon verbena is easy to grow and will become a bushy plant in a small corner of your garden. It is wonderful as a hot beverage either alone or mixed with other herbs. It also makes a refreshing ice tea.
chamomile, lemon balm, ginger root, valerian root, calendula, rose petals
Teas for Cold and Flu Season
Rosehips, lemon peel, thyme, lavender, peppermint, cinnamon, sage
Immune Booster Teas
rose hips, lemon peel, hibiscus, fennel
Have fun with your herbal tea mixtures and mix and match until you find a wonderful flavor concoction just for you! You can make iced tea out of all of the above herbal teas also. You also can make the best herbal teas at home!
Here is an added bonus from wonderful sites and delicious teas!
Red Clover Lemonade – Not tea..but Oh So Yummy!
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