Herbal Tea Ideas

As a general rule of thumb you should use 1 teaspoon of dried or 2 teaspoons of fresh herb per person. Lightly chop or crush fresh leaves before putting into a china rather than metal teapot, pour on boiling water and steep for five to ten minutes to allow the flavour to develop fully. You might like to try a light honey for sweetening where required or try adding hibiscus or rose hips with your chosen herb to give an extra fruity dimension to the flavour of your tea.

Below you will find a list of the most popular herbal teas, showing which part of the plant to use and the health benefits that are associated with it.

Bergamot

Use both young leaves and flowers. You can also add bergamot to good quality black tea leaves to give the Earl Grey flavour. Makes a stimulating and refreshing tea. Serve hot or cold.

Chamomile

Made solely with the flowers. Can help to settle stomach upsets and aid digestion. A gentle and calming tea that you may find also helps to induce sleep.

Elderflower

Use fresh or dried flowers for a light delicate tea that can boost the immune system and stimulate your circulation.

Lemon Balm

Has the most delicate flavour of the lemon scented herbs. Use the young leaves, fresh if possible.
A calming tea that you can take to relieve tension headaches.

Lemon Verbena

Use young leaves to give a strong lemon flavour. A pleasant refreshing tea with a good calming action that you may find helps to ease fevers and aid sleep.

Mint

It is best if you use young leaves to make this refreshing tea that can aid digestion and ease stomach upsets, relieve anxiety and enhance peaceful sleep. Serve hot or cold.

Parsley

Made solely with the leaves you will find this tea is an excellent detoxifier. A natural diuretic that can boost the kidneys and may also ease menstrual pain.

Sage

Made equally well from fresh or dry leaves you use this as an antiseptic tea that is good for feverish colds and sore throats. It can also aid digestion particularly after rich meals.

Strawberry

Made with equal quantities of young leaves and ripe fruit to give a delicate flavour. A mild astringent tea that can boost your skin elasticity, improve sluggish digestion and may ease arthritis and gout in some cases.

Thyme

Made from the young leaves giving a mildly antiseptic, relaxing tea. You may find it gives relief from a tight chest and eases muscle spasms, can also help to boost the immune system.

 

Disclaimer: The herbal tea recipes on this page are intended only as a guide for you to enjoy the herbs picked straight from your garden. It is not a substitute for seeking the advice of a qualified health care provider nor is it intended to diagnose or treat diseases. Always consult your GP before using herbs especially during pregnancy, when nursing a baby or giving to children.