A popular reason to grow your own herbs is for herbal teas. Luckily, herbal tea can be made from just about any herb that you enjoy the flavor of. This is a list of go-to herbs that will taste great and be enjoyed by all ages. These are 10 herbs that are tasty as well as easy to grow.
1. Lemon Balm
Lemon balm is first on my tea garden list. It is so easy to grow and the flavor is naturally lemony and sweet.
Lemon balm also blends well with any other type of herb, so making your special herb blend will be easy!
Red raspberry leaves may be a surprising addition to an herb tea garden, but it is really the basis for a hearty, delicious cup of tea! The natural tannin in the leaves, make up that *tea like* flavor that many herb tea blends are missing.
Red raspberry leaves are also wonderful to harvest, since you get so much from every plant! The berries are an added bonus, if you decide to plant raspberry plants in your herb garden. What more could you want from an herb?
Mint is a no brainer for an herb tea garden. It is easy to grow and can even tolerate some shade. Frankly, there isn't a garden out there where some variety of mint won't grow.
Think outside of the traditional mint flavor as well. There are dozens of varieties of mint; from fruity to cotton candy flavor, so you have a multitude of tastes to play with.
For a gentle cup of relaxing tea, nothing beats chamomile. This lovely herb belongs in any tea garden for its beauty and of course, sweet apple-like flavor.
Keep harvesting those beautiful flowers all season, and you will have more chamomile than you know what to do with! I also include some of the leaf bits, and add that pretty, light green color to my blends.
Lavender is one of those herb that is good for everything; even making teas. Try drinking it mixed with other relaxing herbs, like chamomile, for a lovely end of the day blend.
Lemon Verbena is often grown specifically for herbal teas. The natural lemon flavor is distinctly refreshing and clean in this unusual herb. In my experience, lemon verbena seems to help boost the overall lemon flavor of a blend, rather than be used alone as a single component.
If you live in a cooler climate, lemon verbena will need to be brought in during the fall and winter months. Grow this lovely plant right in the pot, and relocate when the seasons change.
The musky scent of catnip is used for more than just partytime for your cats! As a tea herb, catnip makes a good choice if you want a relaxing blend. It is strong however, so consider it an element of a soothing tea, and not straight up for most people.
This herb is used as a must have for any soothing tea blend for children, especially cranky kids where you can't pinpoint just what is bothering them. Try blending a bit of catnip, chamomile and then a fun mint, to make the perfect bedtime cup of relaxing tea.
Stevia is the herbal answer to sweet flavor. It grows extremely well in the herb garden, and one plant will be all the sweetness you will need for the whole year. The plant is actually 300X stronger than sugar, and a tiny amount is needed for an entire batch of herb tea. I start our with 5 leaves, crumpled and then taste. Usually this is enough for the whole bowl of dried herbs.
Stevia also has different levels of aftertaste, so pinch a bit of a leaf and see if you like it before purchasing. The flavor is anise or black licorice flavored, so make note of that if you decide to try out this fun herb.
Yarrow is such a wonderful addition to the herb garden. It grows in a variety of colors, all of which can be used for teas. I prefer the wild yarrow, but that is a personal preference. It seems to taste a bit more bitter to me, something that I like for a balance to the sweet and light flavors that often make up an herb blend.
If you are looking for a great cross over herb, great for all things in the kitchen, dill is your herb to know. It grows exceptionally well in any garden, sometimes a little too well, and it is used for herbal teas as a natural sweetener and after dinner tea.
Add a light sprinkle of dill to your other herb blends, and see if it brightens the flavor without being overpowering.