Make the Perfect Cup of Herbal Tea
Make the perfect cup of herbal tea, right from your own garden! In May, I gave two free talks on how to grow, harvest, dry, and create your very own herbal teas. This lecture proved so popular that I recorded the narration and uploaded it to YouTube.
You can view it below:
Supplies to Make Your Own Herbal Teas
To make the perfect cup of herbal tea, you’ll need herbs. You can grow your own herbs or purchase dried herbs. I recommend Mountain Rose Herbs for high-quality dried herbs.
For tea-making supplies, you can use:
- Tea ball: A tea ball is a metal ball or cup with a screw-on lid and perforations throughout the metal to brew tea. You spoon herbs into the tea ball, screw on the lid, and submerse it in hot or boiling water to brew tea.
- Reusable tea bags: These are cloth bags with a drawstring top. Spoon the herbs into the bag, pull the string, and use it to brew tea. When you’re done, turn it inside-out to push the herbs into the compost bin, rinse it under the sink, and hang it up to air dry.
- Self-sealing tea bags: These are a very handy device especially if you are making teas to give as gifts! Simple spoon herbs into the paper sleeves and seal the ends with a hot iron.
To make the perfect cup of herbal tea, place your herbal tea in a cup, pour boiling or almost-boiling water into the cup, and cover the cup with a saucer. Let it steep for 5 to 10 minutes. The saucer prevents the essential oils and flavors from evaporating so that the flavors return to the tea via steam. Stronger, better herbal teas!
Herbal Tea Resources on Home Garden Joy
Growing and making my own herbal tea blends is one of my hobbies and I love sharing it with you! Here are past articles I’ve written that will also help you make your own herbal teas.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this little introduction to growing, harvesting, and enjoying herbs for tea. Happy gardening and keep growing!
Jeanne Grunert is a certified Virginia Master Gardener and the author of several gardening books. Her garden articles, photographs, and interviews have been featured in The Herb Companion, Virginia Gardener, and Cultivate, the magazine of the National Farm Bureau. She is the founder of The Christian Herbalists group and a popular local lecturer on culinary herbs and herbs for health, raised bed gardening, and horticulture therapy.