1. Elderberry (Sambucus nigra)
Elderberry is one of the easiest and most versatile shrubs to grow in your herb garden. For the best fruit production, try to plant at least two different varieties together.
They grow well in either full or part sunny locations and make a perfect backdrop for your shorter tea garden plants.
Brew Herbal Tea – use either dried or ripe elderberries that have been boiled in water. And prepare to harvest some botanical benefits. The berries are rich in highly bioactive antioxidants which support the immune system. They could help soothe inflammation, lessen stress, and help protect your heart.
2. Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
Peppermint tea is the most consumed throughout the world. Peppermint oil from the leaves contain high amounts of menthol which give the tea its strong, sharp, minty and cooling taste. Peppermint tea is said to be good for increasing alertness, enhancing mood, improving memory, helping people sleep, improving bad breath, boosting the immune system, and helping with symptoms of a common cold.”
Plant your mint in pots if you want to contain them, in the ground and they run away altogether! Mints are vigorous perennials that prefer moist but well-drained sites in full to partial sunny conditions. Mint comes in so many different flavours, get ones you like; pineapple, chocolate; #DarkRomance is inspired by this mint, lime, etc.
3. Lavender, the plant for peace (Lavandula angustifolia)
Lavender tea is made from flower buds that grow on long, upright, purple flower spikes. The bring colour and fragrance to your herbal tea garden.
We have a liberal helping of this in our Earl Grey tea blend #EarlontheMoor Drinking lavender tea may improve your mood and have a general calming effect. It may also improve sleep quality and skin health.
4. German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) and Roman Chamomile (Matricaria nobile)
Classic chamomile tea is made from dried flowers of either species, it’s long been used as a traditional folk remedy for a wide range of health issues. Particularly it tends to be a tea-of-choice when it comes to winding down.
German chamomile is an annual and must be planted every year. It grows one to two feet in most any type of soil that is well-drained. Roman chamomile, on the other hand, is a perennial hardy. This low growing chamomile will look its best when grown between flagstones or along pathways.
Brew Herbal Tea – pluck the flowers just after they bloom and dry them in the sun for 2/3 hours. Store in an airtight container and 1 heaped teaspoon per person when you are ready to wind down.
5. Rose Petal/Rose Hip Tea
Timelessly beautiful roses can definitely be the center piece of a herbal tea garden. Select varieties of roses for flower fragrance and large rose hips.
Harvested buds, petals, and hips add a tasty floral fragrance and tangy flavour when added either alone or with other loose tea combinations.
6. Holy Basil – Queen of Herbs(Ocimum tenuiflorum)
Holy basil has is another member of the mint family that’s closely related to culinary basil. Clearly, though, it has a powerful reputation and major medicinal properties.
Holy Basil has been used for centuries to cure symptoms of many diseases and ailments; asthma, bronchitis, colds, congestion, coughs and flu. It is said to promote a healthy response to stress, promote longevity, and nourish the mind. Inhaling the steam from a fresh cup of tea may help clear sinuses.
7. Spearmint (Mentha spicata)
Spearmint contains less menthol than peppermint, it tends to be sweeter and milder with many of the same benefits of peppermint. Spearmint also has a running habit and is best contained and managed in the garden.”
8. Bee Balm (Monarda didyma)
Its got high thymol content—a strong antiseptic also found in thyme—bee balm is traditionally used for a variety of ailments including colds, flu, upper respiratory problems, fevers, and used topically for wounds. The species Monarda didyma is a beautiful garden perennial that attracts bees, hence the name, as well as other pollinators.