The great news: herb gardens are easy to grow and maintain with a little bit of research, so you can grow your own herbs for teas right at home based on your specific tastes! Here are ten of the best herbs to use for teas that will satisfy every thirst craving:
Chamomile tea is a well-known, well-used tea. It offers relaxation, stress-relief, help with sleep, and can sooth an upset stomach.
Also known as licorice mint, this herb gives a subtle hint of licorice flavor to your tea and was once a traditional beverage enjoyed by the Native Americans of the northern plains.
With its fresh lemony flavor and scent, this herb is perfect for a slightly stronger cup of zesty tea.
As with any tea that contains the word “lemon,” lemon balm gives a strong lemon flavor to your beverage. This herb is perfect for a soothing evening tea to calm the body and mind.
There are so many different flavor varieties in the mint family that you are sure to find one to suit your tastes. Spearmint, peppermint, bee balm, pineapple mint, mint chocolate, and orange mint are just a few of the delicious options that make for refreshing, light, and tasty tea.
Roses can be used to make two forms of tea, one from the hips and one from the petals. Rose hips offer a boost of Vitamin C with a tart lemon-orange flavor, while rose petals make for a more fragrant, floral flavor.
Lavender buds are commonly used for their calming properties; lavender tea is ideal to sooth restlessness and can be a great bedtime drink.
Dandelion tea made from the root or flower is one of the more bitter-tasting teas; it’s uses include hormone balancing, detoxing the liver, and overall cleansing of the body’s toxins.
Coriander produces seeds that give tea a warm, citrusy flavor perfect for autumn or cold winter days.
Catnip is not only loved by cats – it makes a delicious and calming lemon-mint flavored tea. Caution: pregnant women should avoid drinking this tea.
Other ideal tea herbs include red clover, fennel, calendula, basil, passionflower, echinacea, raspberry, and milk thistle.
You can purchase bulk herbs at our Herbal Apothecary as well as custom blend teas.