There are so many possibilities or combinations of herbs that work well together.
Experimenting is part of the fun. If you will be having an herb garden this year maybe you will try making different combinations for tea. Here are some herbal mixes I have tried and enjoyed along with their health benefits.
Herbal Sun Tea
Use any of these combinations:
*1/2 c. each of fresh leaves & flowers of Peppermint, Bee Balm, and Applemint
*1/2 c. each of fresh chamomile flowers, lemon balm or lemon verbena, and spearmint leaves
*1/2 c. each of peppermint, rosemary and lemon balm leaves
To either one of these combos add 3-4 green tea bags and 3 sage leaves
Wash herbs well and put into a clean wide-mouth jar.
Cover, place in the sun for 6-8 hours, shaking or stirring occasionally.
Strain the tea, honey, sugar or stevia to taste.
Pour over ice, add some fresh herbs for garnish
Scarborough Faire Health Tea
1 t dried or 2 t fresh Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme mix with 1 T green or black tea
Use equal amounts in a homemade tea bag or tea infuser/strainer pour boiling water over it
Let steep 5 mins. May add a pinch of cinnamon, sugar, stevia or a touch of lemon. Cool and add ice.
1 cup fresh peppermint, lemon balm, or lemon grass or
1/4 cup fresh lemon thyme plus 3 leaves spearmint
You may mix with 1 T of green or black tea or one tea bag
1 quart boiling water. Let steep 3 minutes before serving & strain. Drink hot or cold.
Note: For all of the herb recipes above the measurements of the herbs are flexible; depending on the freshness and strength of the herbs, you may need to add or subtract.
Herbs pregnant women should avoid.
Herbs high in volatile oils (which can stimulate or irritate the uterus): eucalyptus, nutmeg, and the mint family members basil, catnip, lemon balm, marjoram, oregano, peppermint, pennyroyal, rosemary, true sage, and thyme. For the common culinary herbs, the concern lies with the use of high doses in women susceptible to miscarriage, not with using herbs to flavor food.
***With the use of any of these herbs for medicinal use always consult your doctor***
Patty Bailey is the retail manager at Oak Village Garden Center 4727 N Hwy 26 Janesville, WI