With the colder months drawing closer, so does the urge to drink warmer and nourishing drinks. Growing your own herbs to make tea can be a rewarding experience and also a cost efficient way to keep you in fresh supply.
Below we detail our top five herbs to grow for tea:
A hugely popular tea and for a good reason, mint is one of the most easiest herbs to grow and has many health benefits. Mint tea can aid with digestive disorders, sooth upset stomachs and bloating. It also helps stimulates appetite and is a rather refreshing beverage to cleanse the pallet.
A similar herb to mint, lemon balm as the name suggests, has a distinct lemon flavour. Lemon Balm has been prescribed since the Middle Ages to help with sleep, and reduce anxiety. Nowadays we know of more benefits such as helping to protect against liver heart disease, helping to reverse diabetic symptoms and improving mood, concentration and sleep. On top of all of this, Lemon Balm also has antibacterial benefits.
Apart from the fact that Chamomile is pretty to look at, it also has some great health benefits when used as tea. Traditionally it's used for it's calming effects, using the flower part only for tea. Make yourself a cup before bed to help ease yourself into sleep.
Sage tea is basically an antiseptic tonic which can help with healing mouth ulcers and sore throats. It is also proven to benefit depression and Alzheimer's. You can make the tea with both fresh and dried leaves and it goes well with a dash of honey.
Not just for cats! Catnip, used as tea, has a mildly sedative and calming benefit for humans and makes a great drink for unwinding at the end of the day. It's known to help with diarrhea, relieve headaches and help with insomnia. Both the leaves and flowers can be used for tea.
Now it's time to get growing!