Herbal Tea

Herbal Tea Where would we be without herbal tea? In the list of possible combinations that follows you will see many of the herbs and flowers we have already discussed as companion plants to your vegetables and all of those beneficial insects. For those of you who haven’t tried making tea beyond the use of commercially prepared tea bags I can assure you it is easy. Simply take 2 Tablespoons of fresh herbs or 1 Tablespoon of dried herbs (in any combination) and put them in a cup or a little basket infuser placed inside a cup. Then simply pour boiling water over the herbs and allow them to steep for 5 minutes. For a larger amount of tea like a four-cup pot add one extra portion of herbs. Note that if you like to add milk to your tea and the herbal combination includes citrus or tart, acidic berries, the milk will probably curdle.

COMBINATIONS OF HERBS FOR TEA

Chamomile and Apple Mint

Peppermint and Ginger

Basil, Lemon Verbena, and Thyme

Chamomile and Valerian

Elderberry, Rose Hips, and Bay

Chicory, Ginseng, and Cinnamon

Fennel and Goldenrod

Jasmine, Orange Peel, and Sage

Horehound and Chamomile

Nettle, Ginger, and Hyssop

Rose Petals, Rose Hips, and Raspberry Leaf

Lemon Grass, Rosemary, and Thyme

Thyme, Sassafras, and Strawberry Leaf

Savory, Lemon Grass, and Scented Geranium

Blueberry Leaf, Beebalm, and Ginger

Lemon Verbena, and Borage

Anise, Chamomile, and Costmary

Angelica, Clove, Orange Peel, and Nutmeg

Marjoram, Anise, and Lemon Verbena

Spearmint, Elderberry, and Lemon Balm

Please consider picking up a copy of the Complete Book of Herbs by Leslie Bremness. That book is a must-have for all things herbal and remains after many years one of my favorites. Some of these tea combos can be found in her book along with countless other recipes and formulas.




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