Herbal tea

There are numerous flowers and herbs that make excellent teas to suit almost all tastes. Here is just a small selection.

Bergamot leaves and the brightly-coloured flowers are used to make a tea with a slight orangey flavour. The Bergamont plant thrives in full sun or semi-shade.

Chamomile flowers make an excellent tea with a hint of apple, known for its soothing effect. The plant flourishes in full sun or semi-shade.

Coriander leaves are used to make a spicy herbal tea with a classic taste and a hint of citrus. The plant prefers to grow in full sun or semi-shade.

Jasmine flowers are used to make a tea with a delicately-scented flavour. It grows well in full sun to semi-shade on a trellis or wall, however needs to be moved indoors in winter.

Lavender buds are used to make a wonderfully fragrant tea which has a soothing effect, reduces tension and alleviates headaches. Lavender prefers plenty of sun and well-drained soil.

Lemon Verbena leaves are used to make a tea with an uplifting, refreshing, tangy lemon taste. Very easy to grow, needs plenty of sun and must be protected in winter so is best grown in a pot.

Marjoram leaves and flowers are used to make a tea with a citrus flavour with a hint of mint. Marjoram prefers to grow in full sun to semi-shade.

Peppermint leaves are used to make a popular tea with a clean refreshing taste, also with a beneficial effect on various stomach ailments. Peppermint is very easy to grow and spreads quickly if not contained. It prefers a sunny and semi-shaded location.

Rose Hip. The seed cases for roses are used to make a tea considered very healthy because of its very high vitamin C content. Rose hips form when the rose bush goes to seed and should be first used when they have reached a deep orange-red colour.

Thyme leaves are used to make a spicy tea and its flowers may also be added. A tea not to everyone’s taste but good for stomach ailments and also sore throats. The plant prefers to grow in full sun to semi-shade.

Violets. The dried leaves and flowers are used to make a refreshing tea containing vitamins A and C and which also has a soothing effect. Violets prefer shade.

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