Yes it’s true, tea comes from leaves found in your own garden, not just from a tea bag.
I no longer buy mint tea. We grow enough in our garden to have a constant supply for tea and cocktails. When I’m sick I reach down in my herb garden and pluck out thyme to brew in hot water with lemon to make an anti bacterial tea. There are so many ways you can make tea from the flowers and leaves found in your own garden, and it’s so easy.
My latest tea making adventure is with mulberry leaves, picked from my parents’ tree (and my favourite since I was a child). The mulberry leaf can aid in balancing blood sugar levels and carbohydrate absorption. Translation? It keeps your weight in check. Sounds good to me.
So how do you make your own tea?
Those really are the only things you need to do, after picking and washing them of course.
A few things to remember:
- Only pick clean, uneaten or diseased leaves
- Thoroughly wash your leaves
- When drying your leaves, spread them out so none are overlapping. Leave them out in a sunny dry place for 4-6 days.
- When dry, crush leaves with your fingers into medium to small pieces and store in a paper bag or container. Avoid storing them in plastic zip loc bags.
We all love mint, I’ve told you about the antibacterial properties of thyme and the weight loss aid of mulberry leaves. Here’s a list of other plants good for tea making:
Please consult your physician for any medical concerns
From the garden or not, what’s your most soothing cup of tea?