Tea that is brewed from freshly gathered herbs is something that we all need in our body. Fresh plants or herbs help in strengthening the immune system and they detoxify the body. Herbal tea is loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, essential oils, minerals, enzyme, soluble fiber, chlorophyll, and various compounds that help boost the health.
Herbs are valued for their medicinal and aromatic qualities. Many herbs are tasty, too. Fresh herbs can capture about 50 to 90 percent of the plant’s effective ingredients when made into fresh tea. One advantage of drinking tea is that you can purchase it and you can also grow it in your own garden.
When you drink tea, you drink it with your eyes, nose, and palate. It would be best to include three kinds of ingredients for your tea, such as greens, herbs, and blossoms. It has an appealing and complex taste. Herbs that you pick out from your garden will have different tastes as the season changes. But one thing that doesn’t change is that garden tea is smooth and rich in flavor.
If you don’t have a garden, you can also use kitchen herbs for your tea, such as thyme, basil, rosemary, oregano, and mint. You can either grow them indoors or buy them in the supermarket. The best part about herbs is that they can grow anywhere even if it is in poor soil and all it needs is just a little watering. Many of these herbs do not need to be grown outside or in the full sun.
You can try to cultivate different varieties of kitchen herbs in small separate pots on a windowsill. Just as long as it is bright and can get a little bit of sunlight. You can use a spray to water the plants as they do not have to be over- or under-watered. Be careful and avoid using plants that have been sprayed with pesticides. Also, avoid leaves of tomatoes or potatoes as they are poisonous greens.
Once you have a variety of herbal tea in your kitchen and/or garden, you can play with all sorts of combinations of kitchen herbs, weeds, and ornamentals. Whatever recipe you try, you are sure to feel good and healthy after drinking. Teas made from gardens are fresh, vibrant and have an unfamiliar taste compared to those that are ready-made and sold in the market.
For a healthy mix of tea, use three kinds of ingredients, such as healthy greens, beautiful bloom, and noble fragrances. Healthy greens help you achieve a full flavor. You can try a combination of watercress, dandelion leaves, parsley, and birch leaves.
Beautiful blooms can add to a colorful mixture of good appearance and good taste. You can use dandelion blossoms, rose petals, and violets. Noble fragrances give you that aromatic appeals, such as chives, rosemary, thyme, verbena, marjoram, oregano, and mint. You can also add a few flowers like lilac and lemon blossoms.
When boiling water is added to the herb mixture, the organic compounds of the plant will break down easily. But the result would be a soothing fragrance or aroma, which is an indication of the herb’s therapeutic qualities.
To ensure that the plants are safe to eat or drink here is a list of edible, drinkable and safe plants:
Edible and drinkable kitchen herbs are basil, chives, lemon balm, dill, chamomile flowers, mint, marjoram, parsley, oregano, peppermint, rosemary, sage, thyme, and verbena.
Edible and drinkable flowers are alliums young shoots and flowers; carnations; bee balm; hollyhock; hibiscus blossoms; honeysuckle flowers (except the berries which are highly poisonous); Johnny-jump-ups flowers and leaves; lavender leaves and blossoms; nasturtiums leaves, flowers, buds, and seedpods; pansies leaves and flowers; roses leaves, petals, and rose hips; and violets leaves and flowers.
Bushes and trees
Edible and drinkable bushes and trees are young birch leaves, blackberry leaves, citrus blossoms, ripe berries except for its leaves and unripe berries which are poisonous, elderberry flowers, gardenia, hibiscus flowers, white and black pine needles, honeysuckle flowers, and raspberry leaves.
Edible and drinkable weeds are chicory flowers and buds, chickweed, dandelions leaves and flowers, good King Henry, goldenrod, kudzu, purslane, lamb’s quarters, plantain or white man’s footsteps, and stinging nettle.
How to steep
Put a handful of the plants in a big pot, press it free from all oils and pour boiling water over them. For better digestion, it is recommended to use dandelion flowers and greens for a slightly bitter taste or raspberry or blackberry leaves for a sweeter taste. Keep warm all day and feel free to use a cute tea infuser for fun.