Looking as vibrant in the cup as they do in the garden, these plants are perfect for steeping. Use them fresh in the summer or dry them for the winter season. Herbal teas, also called tisanes, are a way to infuse your life with beauty and health! Whether you have a garden bed or a balcony garden, you can grow many flowers and herbs for a tea time harvest.
Flowers and leaves are harvested and prepared differently when it comes to tea. Leaves are wonderful, fresh or dried, just remember that you need three times as much leafy matter if using fresh instead of dried. A teaspoon of dried mint has the same potency as a tablespoon of fresh mint! Leaves should be harvested from plants that haven’t bloomed yet, called bolting, to avoid bitterness. Flowers gain flavor as they cure, so we recommend drying them as a preparation method instead of using them fresh. For the best taste, harvest flowers when fully opened and matured.
Our 6 favorite blooms for tea:
Our 6 favorite leafy herbs for tea:
Lavender and Chamomile Tisane Recipe
1 teaspoon dried lavender blossoms
1 teaspoon dried chamomile blossoms
Honey, to taste