All of these herbs I’ve grown in my garden easily and have used for tea. There’s something so delightful about drinking tea with your very own homegrown herbs.

And if you’ve harvested them fresh that morning that’s even more awesome!

Do it! 

These babies are super simple to grow.  And since tea goes into your precious body, make sure your seeds are organic.  These herbs are also excellent for many ailments as tinctures and salves but I’m only talking “tea” now.

{But let me say first that I’m not a doctor and I’m not prescribing anything. This post is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  OK? OK!}

yarrow

{yarrow}

 

MINT

Spearmint is my favorite, although there is an abundance of varities you can try. Beware when planting…they take over a space unless their roots are confined to large pot or trough or raised bed. The tea is refreshing and of course minty. Use 3 tsp of fresh crushed leaves or 1 tsp dried in 1 c boiling water.

mint

 

 

YARROW

{Achillea millefolium} – What?!? Yarrow grows like a weed up here in North Idaho; in fact, they say it’s one of the most widely used medicinal plants in the world. As a tea, it cleanses and is good when recovering from a cold.  It can be used alone or mixed with other herbs such as mint for tea. 1 T fresh leaves and flowers or 1 tsp dried leaves & flowers in 1 cup boiling water.

yarrow

drying yarrow

 

 

NETTLE

{Urtica dioica} – Uh huh. Stinging nettle. But its uses are legendary with it being an excellent all around tonic. Beneficial for prostate issues and just plain old fatigue. A medicinal herb instructor I had a few years ago would dry hers and then sprinkle it on everything she ate! Everything.

Be careful when picking leaves…use gloves. They sting if rubbed the wrong way. But the sting goes away when dried. Use young leaves, dried.  2 tsp crumbled dried leaves in 1 cup boiling water.

stinging nettle

stinging nettle

 

 

CHAMOMILE

{Matriacaria chamomilla} –  Sure, you can buy this tea in the store. But these flowers are so daisy-like pretty and pollinators love them, so grow them! Use your fingers to pull up the flowers like a rake. Chamomile is a calming herb, good for tea just before bed.  1 T fresh flowers or 2 tsp dried to 1 cup boiling water. The longer it is steeped the more bitter, so steep only 5-10 minutes.

chamomile

 

 

CALENDULA

{Calendula officinalis} – Pretty golden/orange flowers resembling marigolds. Said to be good for nourishing the lymphatic system. Swollen glands? Calendula tea is what you need. Slightly bitter. Sweeten with honey if you choose. 1 tsp dried flowers or petals or 4 tsp fresh to 1 cup boiling water.

Calendula

dried calendula

 

 

P.S.

The garden view yesterday…two feet of snow…and the beds look like caskets! Argh! 

COME, SPRING!!!

Hope it’s warming up where you are!

garden in winter

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