Making Tea From Freshly Cut Herbs
Making tea from freshly cut herbs from your own yard is an easy and rewarding task. Some of the most commonly used herbs are Peppermint and Spearmint. Both of these herbs are extremely easy to grow and usually provide more than enough leaves for making tea many times throughout the year. But just about any herb you grow can be brewed into a delicious tea.
Some of my favorites are Sage leaf, Chamomile flower, Rosemary leaf, Lemon Balm leaf, and of course Peppermint leaf. Also, starting with one herb as your primary flavor and throwing in a little bit of another herb can create an interesting tasting tea. For example start with mostly Peppermint leaves and add a bit of Sage leaves or try adding the petals from a rose.
Herb teas made from fresh herbs tend to be a bit weaker tasting than those made from dried herbs. So, I usually gather more herb than I think Iíll need and then actually use all of it that way my tea will have the stronger flavor that I prefer. I suggest gathering enough herb to make at least a pot of tea (about 4-6 cups). It helps if you can take the same pot youíre going to brew your tea in (or a bowl about the same size) out to the garden with you then cut enough herb to fill the pot about 3/4 full. If possible cut your herbs in the morning to ensure the best flavor.
Easy steps for making your own Peppermint or Spearmint leaf tea:
1.) Cut the stem off close to the
ground leaving at least two sets of leaves on each stem so your plant will
continue to grow or select only the tender new leaves at the top of the plant
Maria Roderick is the Production Manager at Cheryl's Herbs.
She makes or supervises the making of all the fine Cheryl's Herbs products.
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