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5 Healing Herbs to Grow for Tea

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5 Healing Herbs to Grow for Tea

By Colleen Vanderlinden, Planet Green

Few things say “summer” like a refreshing glass of iced tea. While traditional iced tea, or even iced green tea, is delicious, making herbal iced teas allows you to add different flavors, as well as vitamins, to your day. With that in mind, here are five great, cooling herbs to grow for tea.

5 Refreshing Herbs for Tea

1. Lemon Verbena

Lemon verbena has a wonderful lemony aroma, but actually tastes somewhat like licorice. It has been shown to have a cooling effect on the body (even to the extent of being recommended as a fever reducer). In addition, it has been shown to calm upset stomachs and coughs.

Brewing Lemon Verbena Tea: Steep 1/4 teaspoon of fresh leaves in one cup of boiling water for five minutes. Add honey to taste, if desired. Better drunk hot than as iced tea.

2. Lemon Balm

Lemon balm, a member of the mint family, has a wonderful lemony scent and flavor. It has been shown to be a calming herb, and is therefore perfect to drink before bed.

Brewing Lemon Balm Tea: For a hot tea infusion, steep one and a half tablespoons of fresh lemon balm leaves in one cup of boiling water, and let it steep for up to 10 minutes, depending on how strong you like your tea. For a cooling lemon balm infusion, simply add a cup (or more) of fresh leaves to a pitcher of cold water, and let it steep in the refrigerator overnight. Strain the leaves out, and drink.

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6:49AM PDT on Apr 15, 2013

Very interesting. I love tea. Thanks for sharing.

6:42AM PDT on Apr 14, 2013

Thanks - I've made mint tea, I'll also try lemon balm tea

4:59AM PDT on Apr 14, 2013

I love any kind of tea! Thanks for the tip.

3:24AM PDT on Apr 14, 2013

very interesting, lovely to read, thanks.

11:26PM PDT on Apr 13, 2013

thanks

12:38PM PDT on Apr 13, 2013

thanks

6:01AM PDT on Mar 15, 2013

Thanks!!!

8:42PM PST on Mar 4, 2013

Interesting. Have never tried Borage tea even though I grow it. Love eating the delicate flowers, so tasty. Love herbal tea.

9:20PM PST on Feb 10, 2013

Thanks for sharing

5:54AM PST on Dec 10, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

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