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Making and Using Herbal Teas

By January 30, 2013

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One of my personal goals for this year is to get healthier. I'd like to lose weight, but above and beyond that, I just want to start living healthier. One of the changes I've decided to make is to start drinking more tea and less coffee. I'm not going to quit coffee (I get the shakes just thinking about that!) but I'd like to cut back to a cup or two rather than a pot or two per day. But since I like to sip something warm while I'm writing, I decided to swap tea for the majority of the coffee I've been drinking.

I have been adding a plant or two per year to my garden that I can use for making herbal teas, and I'd eventually love to have a garden dedicated totally to herbs for tea. In the meantime, I'm learning more about blending and brewing my own, courtesy of my pal and About.com Herb Gardens Guide, Amy Jeanroy. A few great articles from Amy:

I'm depending on the fact that I can tie drinking herbal teas into gardening to make this switch a little easier. Surely, I'll enjoy it even more than I do coffee, seeing as how I can grow and blend my own (at least, that's what I'm hoping...)

Do you grow your own herbs for tea? What are some of your favorites?

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January 7, 2010 at 2:21 pm
(1) Cool Garden Things says:

I need a tea for upset stomaches…my boyfriend always has an upset tummy:)
GartenGrl

February 2, 2013 at 7:55 am
(2) lee jones says:

Colleen i wish you all the best on your weight loss.

February 18, 2013 at 9:38 pm
(3) Colleen Too! says:

My favorites are lemon verbena and lemon balm. They both combine nicely with other herbs and flowers and are nice alone as well.

February 19, 2013 at 9:56 am
(4) Jennifer says:

I use a lot of different kinds of tea combos. I call them my “Potions” I make then for myself, family and friends. I make depression tea, sleeping potion, clover water, upset nerves, tummy, tea’s. I never thought I could grow my own Tea’s. I grow herbs, but haven’t tried tea. where do you get the plants, will they grow? Most of my teas come from China, Sri Lank, ect. Will look forward to more information.

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