If you really like tea or herbal teas, why not consider making your own homemade herbal teas, it’s really not all that hard to do either. Along with the satisfaction of making it yourself you’ll be doing something very healthy for your mind and your body. When we consume fresh plants we are helping to strengthen our immune systems and detoxify our bodies. They are filled with vitamins, antioxidants, fiber that is soluble, essential oils, minerals that include even calcium, chlorophyll, enzymes and other compounds that help to boost our health.
So, how is homemade herbal teas going to taste? Pretty good to tell the truth and the tea will be different each time you make it if you use different ingredients that change with the season. You can use kitchen herbs like basil, thyme, mint, rosemary, lavender and even oregano. All of these are fun to grow and usually will thrive in just about any kind of soil.
When making your homemade herbal tea try experimenting with different combinations so that you can eventually find a combination that you really like and want to keep making. Just make sure that the herbs you use have not been sprayed with any kind of pesticides.
When creating your homemade herbal teas, you want the best results you can come up with so make sure that your teas consist of three kinds of fresh ingredients:
Healthy Greens – This will give your tea a full bodied flavor especially if you use greens like dandelion leaves, parsley, birch leaves and watercress.
Pretty Blooms – Think about using a colorful mix of rose petals, dandelion blossoms, violets and pansies for a great appearance and really good taste.
Great Fragrances – You can do this by combining chives, thyme, rosemary, marjoram, oregano, mint, and verbena along with flowers like lemon blossoms and lilac.
Before you start making and brewing your own herbal teas you should be aware of what plants and flowers are safe to both eat and drink.
Flowers That Are Edible and Drinkable – Bee balm, carnations, hibiscus blossoms, alliums both flowers and young shoots, hollyhock, honeysuckle flowers only the berries are poisonous, Johnny Jump Ups the flowers and leaves, lavender both blossoms and leaves, nasturtiums flowers, buds, leaves and seed pods all good, pansies flowers and the leaves, roses including petals, leaves and the rose hips, violets flowers and leaves.
Edible and Drinkable Kitchen Herbs – Basil, chamomile flowers, chives, dill, lemon balm, marjoram, mint, oregano, parsley, peppermint, rosemary, sage thyme, verbena.
Bushes and Trees Both Edible and Drinkable – Birch leaves, blackberry leaves,citrus blossoms, elderberry flowers, gardenia, hibiscus flowers, honeysuckle flowers, pine needles and raspberry leaves.
Edible and Drinkable Weeds (that’s right weeds) – Chickweed, chicory flowers and buds, dandelions flowers and leaves, goldenrod, good King Henry, kudzu, lamb’s quarters, plantain and stinging nettle.
Now that you know what you can use, how do you go about making homemade herbal teas? Actually, it’s pretty easy. Just take a big old handful of the plants that you want to use and put them in a big clean glass coffee pot. Boil the water before adding ingredients. It doesn’t matter what combination, it’s whatever you want to experiment with. Just let them steep in hot water for a few minutes and then keep them warm on a warmer so you can enjoy the tea all day. When you are done with the tea you made there should be enough flavor left in your plants to steep them one more time for another batch of tea.
Believe it or not, that is all there is to making your own herbal tea.