Favorite Tea Herbs to Grow

 


Article by: Barbara Adams

The list of herbs , How To Build A Patio Cover one can use for tea is long, with their uses crossing over from pure culinary pleasure to folk remedy and healing. Here are some all-time beverage favorites, from South African natives to North American natives and many others you might want to try.

Starting with the mints (Mentha spp.), a fun, sometimes hard-to-find variety is banana mint. While the common name for some plants , Landscaping - Put A Pond in Your Back Yard uses the word "banana"Ā¯ to describe color , Preformed Ponds Manufactured from New Rubber/Plastic Composite More Durable and Resistant to Wear or shape, banana mint really has the aroma of bananas. Chocolate mint is another favorite. Children marvel over and over at how sniffing a plant , June Gardening Tips growing in their own gardens , 7 Natural Stone Pebble Projects For Every Home smells like a chocolate peppermint patty. The citrus-scented mints: lime mint, orange mint and lemon mint, make especially delicious iced teas. Peppermint, spearmint, and licorice mint, of course, are better-known candy flavors for both hot , Gardening - Hibiscus Plant Care and cold , The Great History of Roses beverages. Mints are usually grown in pots , Landscaping - Put A Pond in Your Back Yard or some sort of contained area because of their rampant ability to spread, and prefer lots of surface space versus depth to their growing , Transplanting Tips area. They are hardy perennials , Don't Roll that Lawn and can usually take partial shade.

Another South African native that grows , Gardening - Hibiscus Plant Care in Europe and the US is the scented geranium (Pelargonium spp.). It was introduced to Europe in the 1600s where its popularity spread. Although it resembles real geraniums, it is actual not a geranium at all, yet it is in the same botanical family. The leaves offer even more tea flavors to choose from than the mints, including apricot, strawberry, apple, rose, , Outdoor Wood Furniture - Check the Method of Construction Before Buying lemon, almond, licorice, and coconut. Scented geraniums are tender perennials , Enjoy Creating and Growing a Sustainable Garden While Feeding Your Family that can be grown in containers and moved indoors , Preformed Ponds Manufactured from New Rubber/Plastic Composite More Durable and Resistant to Wear or covered in winter. , Landscaping - Put A Pond in Your Back Yard

German chamomile (Matricaria recutita) and Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) have long been infused into tea, dating back thousands of years to the ancient Egyptians, Romans and Greeks. It is quite easy to grow, , 7 Natural Stone Pebble Projects For Every Home usually already well-known to potential customers, and offers a slight apple-like aroma. Although legend says that Peter Rabbit was given Roman chamomile, German chamomile is the most popular variety used for tea, and only the flowers, , 7 Natural Stone Pebble Projects For Every Home without the leaves or stems, are used for this purpose.

Two more lemony favorites include lemon verbena (Aloysia triphylla), and lemon balm (Melissa officinalis). Lemon verbena is a tender perennial , June Gardening Tips said to have the best lemon flavor of the entire plant , Winterizing Your Roses kingdom, reminiscent of lemon drops, making a great lemonade iced tea. Lemon balm, however, a native to the Mediterranean and cultivated there for close to 2000 years, also has its faithful followers who insist its fragrance is quite beautiful. , Landscaping - Put A Pond in Your Back Yard It is hardier than verbena, and while its top will die back in cold winters, , Outdoor Lighting Fixtures Increase Safety and Decrease Expense the roots , Lawn Care Tips - Six Easy Steps to a Great Lawn return new growth. Its native habitat , Enjoy Creating and Growing a Sustainable Garden While Feeding Your Family also stretches to western Asia, southwestern Siberia, and northern Africa, and it has naturalized in North America and other areas. Bees love its flowers. , The Best Types Of Fish For Your Garden Pond

Hibiscus (Abelmoschus moschatus) is a tender perennial , How To Build A Patio Cover with a delicious tart flavor and ruby red color. , The MorrowPond Garden - Soil Management The Pharaohs of the ancient Nile Valley drank it, as did many cultures around the world, including those of China, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe. Hibiscus grows , Enjoy Creating and ing a Sustainable Garden While Feeding Your Family profusely in Africa (as well as the Caribbean and Hawaii). In temperate climates , Lawnmower Maintenance Tips That Help Produce The Best Lawns it can be grown in pots , 3 Easy Steps to Growing Plants from Seed to bring inside , 3 Easy Steps to Growing Plants from Seed or covered in winter. , Keep It Tidy! Your Home Outdoors Will Look Its Very Best When You Use Good Storage Methods! The flowers , 3 Easy Steps to Growing Plants from Seed are more often used for making tea, with leaves occasionally used, although leaves give it a more 'green' flavor.

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is another tender perennial. , Winterizing Your Roses Its flavor as a tea is described as having hints of ginger and quite pungent. Both its leaves and flowers , Dutch Tulips are used for tea. Long ago, people were well acquainted with rosemary which was associated with remembrance, fidelity and love. And it has many folk remedies attributed to it.

There are many, many more herbs , How To Start Your Garden From Seeds The Right Way to choose from: pineapple sage and bee balm to name just a few. And remember the organic , How To Build A Patio Cover strawberries, raspberries, dandelions and roses , How To Start Your Garden From Seeds The Right Way you may already have growing , Enjoy Creating and a Sustainable Garden While Feeding Your Family in your garden , Halfway Through Summer - Are We Having Fun Yet or as a farm , Common Landscape Design Features crop. Strawberry and raspberry leaves make delicious and healthful beverages. The Native Americans on the island where this author lives have shown me how they use a sprig of native wild rose , Funniest Pond Stories-Part 1, May 2004 to make a tea they once used for respiratory ailments. Rosehip tea and dandelion root , Dandelions, Friend or Foe? tea are considered a very healing beverage.

Be sure all herbs , Lawn Care Tips - Six Easy Steps to a Great Lawn used for consumption are safe , Finding the Right Landscaping Company from sprays or other contaminants, and check your local , 3 Easy Steps to Growing Plants from Seed authorities for regulations , Sunflowers on growing , Lawn Mower Guide - How to Prepare your Lawn Mower for the Season and selling any food , Landscaping - A Recreational Activity for Kids product.

Once you dive into the mystery, legend and history of herbal tea, it can be tempting to experiment with making tea from unknown or even well-loved garden , Landscaping - A Recreational Activity for Kids plants. But some of our garden , The MorrowPond - Soil Management favorites, such as the leaf, roots , Gardening - Hibiscus Plant Care and flower , Finding the Right Landscaping Company of rhubarb, and those fragrant sweet peas, are considered toxic or poisonous when consumed. Be alert to possible allergies, as well, and stick to the documented tea herbs, , Lawnmower Maintenance Tips That Help Produce The Best Lawns as herbal teas from every continent and every culture throughout humankind's history (and prehistory) will provide a treasury to choose from that will last, and enhance, a lifetime.

(c) 2006 Barbara Adams
Barbara Adams Author: Micro Eco-Farming: Prospering from Backyard , 7 Natural Stone Pebble Projects For Every Home to Small Acreage in Partnership with the Earth , The Advantages of Silk Flowers (New World Publishing) http://www.MicroEcoFarming.com

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