Next to coffee, I also drink a lot of tea. Especially in the afternoon or the evening otherwise I would be like the Duracell rabbit with the drumroll, if you can still remember that commercial from the eighties. Long story short. So I decided to plant my own little tea garden this spring.
I am lucky to have a pretty big garden so I want to utilise my space well to provide to my needs, and the needs of my loved ones. Although the beauty of a Tea garden is that you don’t need a lot of space. Many herbs or flowers can be planted in containers on a terrace or patio, and a lot of these herbs and flowers can be found in the wild too. So it can be a fun thing to do when you’re out hiking in nature with friends or with kids to collect your own herbs and make a nice sweet tea to drink when you’re back home.
Here is a quick list of herbs and flowers you can plant to make your own fresh or dried tea at home. These herbs have many health benefits. Making your own tea, is just one option.
*Chamomile: reduces menstrual pain, lowers blood pressure, slows down osteoporosis, reduces inflammation, prevents cancer, helps relaxation, treats cold symptoms and helps with mild skin conditions.
*Mint: Rich in nutrients, may improve irritable bowel syndrome, helps with indigestion, can improve brain function, can decrease breastfeeding pain, improves cold symptoms, masks bad breath.
*Roses: Hydration and weight loss benefits, rich in antioxidants, may relieve menstrual pain.
*Elderberry: The berries and flowers of elderberry are packed with antioxidants and vitamins that may boost your immune system. They can help tame inflammation, lessen stress, and help protect your heart. Some experts recommend elderberry to help prevent and ease cold and flu symptoms.
*Milk Thistle: Supports liver and skin health, reduces cholesterol, helps weight loss, reduces insulin resistance, improves asthma symptoms, supports bone health, improves cognition and boosts the immune system.
*Lavender: Soothes the nervous system, eases headaches, improves sleep, heals minor wounds, alleviate menstrual cramps, nourishes skin, hydrates chapped lips, prevents colds, cures acne, minimises sunspots, relieves itchy skin, stimulates hair growth and reduces dandruff…
*Lemon balm: relieves stress, can help reduce anxiety, may boost cognitive function, can help ease insomnia and sleep disorders, can help treat cold sores, may help relieve indigestion, can help treat nausea.
*Ginger: Eases the cold or the flu, can help with nausea, relieves pain, reducing inflammation, supports cardiovascular health, lowers cancer risks…
*Raspberry leaf: Pregnancy aid; well-known for its ability to stimulate labor and help ease childbirth, due to the effects is has on the uterine wall. Helps treat Cardiovascular Issues. Digestive aid, immune system booster, fertility aid, reduces inflammation, good for skin problems, helps with weightloss.
*Dandelion: Good for Digestion. “Dandelion tea can have many positive effects on your digestive system. Detoxifies the liver, acts as a diuretic, reduces water Weight, Powerhouse of Antioxidants, Fights Diabetes, Treats Urinary Tract Infection, Fights cancer…
*Echinacea: Fights the flu, helps to control blood sugar, Aids help healthy cell growth, reduces the risk of breast cancer, helps manage anxiety, lowers blood pressure, reduces inflammation…
*Strawberry Leaf: Strawberry leaf herbal tea is useful for reducing haemorrhoids. Further, many believe that strawberry leaves can help an upset stomach as well as reduce nausea, bloating, cramps, and diarrhea. Also, the strawberry leaves are rich in iron, which is beneficial for the blood.
*Thyme: Is packed with vitamin C and is also a good source of vitamin A. If you feel a cold coming on, thyme can help get you back in good health. Another health benefit of thyme: It’s a good source of copper, fiber, iron, and manganese
*Hibiscus: Hibiscus tea has been known to prevent hypertension, lower blood pressure, reduce blood sugar levels, keep your liver healthy, help with menstrual cramps, help with depression, aid digestion and help with weight management. It’s rich in Vitamin C, contains minerals such as flavonoids and has laxative properties.
*Nettle : Stinging nettle leaf is a gentle diuretic, helping the body to process and flush away toxins. It flushes the kidneys and bladder to prevent and soothe urinary tract infections. Nettle tea is ideal for sodium induced water retention and high blood pressure.
*Bergamot (Citrus bergamia): Is often consumed for its health benefits. 4 Some people drink tea to boost mental alertness or prevent certain types of cancer. Bergamot oil may also be used topically (on the skin) to protect the body against lice, relieve psoriasis, and manage the appearance of vitiligo.
*Salvia Hot Lips aka sage: Enhances memory, positive effects on mood and cognitive performance, anti inflammatory, helps to reduce hot flashes, cough suppressing qualities
*Anise hysop: Use the leaves in a tea to stimulate the digestive system; it is a warming digestive aid, it is carminative (relieves flatulence) and eases diarrhoea. It is anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory, making it useful for relieving congestion, coughs and colds.
*Liquorice mint: Licorice root is used to soothe gastrointestinal problems. In cases of food poisoning, stomach ulcers, and heartburn, licorice root extract can speed the repair of stomach lining and restore balance. This is due to the anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties of glycyrrhizic acid.
*Fennel: This tea may aid healthy digestion, and treat bloating, gas, or cramps, and may also act as a diuretic. According to herbalists, fennel seed is an effective aid to digestion. It can help the smooth muscles of the gastrointestinal system relax and reduce gas, bloating, and stomach cramps.
There are many more plants that can be used in herbal teas. This is just a list to get you started. I recently planted different echinacea plants, Chamomile and different Hibiscus and Lavender. Will keep you updated on their growth process soon! So, if you like gardening and you like tea, this is definitely a magic combo. Lett me know if there are some herbs or flowers I forgot, along with their health benefits. Good luck!
Love love, Maureen