The benefits of tea as a beverage are plenty so it isn’t really surprising that so many people around the world drink it on a regular basis. While tea isn’t as strong in taste (or effect) as coffee, it’s never a bad idea to spice things up a bit by adding an herb for flavor that brings its own set of benefits to the cup.
You don’t necessarily have to go to the nearest herb store to get your herbal tea though, because the following four herbs can be grown right in your home garden.
As the most commonly used herb to flavor the highly beneficial matcha green tea, mint also brings in a number of health benefits of its own to every cup. It augments the anticarcinogenic and cognition enhancing properties of matcha by imbuing the tea with additional properties that soothe a number of digestive issues such as flatulence, indigestion, cramps, lost appetite, etc. In general, mint just makes tea more refreshing than ever.
The best part is that growing mint is so easy that at times, it may start overgrowing your garden, if left unchecked. Moist soil and sunny, warm weather conditions are ideal for mint growth.
Jasmine vines are summer climbers and therefore, they do well on trellises when there’s a lot of sunlight available. Jasmine is often grown on gates or fences as well for decorative purposes, but if you plan to have a supply of jasmine all-year long, it’s better grown in a portable container because the plant can’t survive the cold and will need to be moved inside once the temperature begins to dip.
The calm and sensual smell of jasmine adds flavor, aroma and health benefits to a cup of green tea, but the dried flowers themselves can be made into herbal tea all on their own as well.
A strong antioxidant and cognitive enhancer by itself, rosemary is widely regarded to be one of the most powerful and effective herbs in existence. When you combine it with another even more beneficial ingredient like Matcha, the resulting tea is more of a super drink.
To grow rosemary, sandy, loamy soil is ideal, with lots of sunshine. Do not forget to prune and trim the plant every so often to stop it from growing thin.
The perennial flowers, originally known as viola tricolors are absolutely gorgeous to behold and even make for a tasty cup. Each flower is enough to prepare one standard cup, so just add as many of the freshly picked and washed flowers directly to boiling water, as you need to make enough tea for everyone. The high percentage of saponin, flavonoid, carotenoid and anthocyanin make the wild pansy a very healthy herbal tea on its own.
Well-drained, nutrient-rich, partially acidic soil is ideal for all violas and regular watering is a must.
Honorable mentions that did not make it onto the list include basil, catnip, lemon grass and St. John’s wort; all of which are also quite easy to grow in a pot and make for excellent herbal tea.