Who doesn't like the sound of cozying up on a cold winter day with a hot cup of steamy, relaxing tea? And of course, tea is good for other uses as well! It's perfect for sipping on when you feel a bit sick, having a midday bite with a friend, watching your favorite romantic movie, or reading a mystery book with. It's also helpful to drink at the end of the day to wind down and relax for a better night's sleep!
Gardening is often said to be a peaceful and calming past-time. Combine that with growing and brewing your own herbal tea plants, and we have a sure-fire-winning recipe for relaxation!
Our Herbal Tea Garden Starter Kit comes with four kinds of seeds to grow plants commonly used for brewing tea. It also comes with everything you need to get the seeds started: four burlap pots, sprout sheers, four soil disks, four plant markers, a tea infuser, an instruction manual, and live/automated grower support! Below is a little bit about each tea variety.
Lavender: Known for its gorgeous and aromatic purple flowers, Lavender is often used in many forms for its sweet floral aromatherapy properties! It is often used for its mood-calming effect, which in turn can provide better sleep. It is also thought to have antioxidants and can help aid digestion, reduce inflammation, promote healthy skin/hair, and open up airways.
You can use either fresh flower buds for brewing or dry the flower buds for making tea later on!
Chamomile: It is probably the most popular flower used for making tea! It is also known for its calming effect and is often used for a bedtime drink. It is thought to have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties due to small amounts of flavonoids. It contains small amounts of calcium, potassium, manganese, iron, and zinc.
You can use either the fresh or dried flower buds for making tea.
Peppermint: Its leaves contain essential volatile oils such as menthol and menthone. These are responsible for their(the leaves) cool and refreshing smell and taste! It is often used to soothe irritated stomachs due to its anti-spasmodic effects. It contains minerals such as potassium, calcium, iron, and magnesium. It's full of Vitamins such as A, C, E, and B-complex vitamins.
You can use fresh peppermint leaves ( store in the fridge to keep fresh) or dry them for later use.
Lemon Balm: It is actually a member of the mint family! Its refreshing lemon taste and smell also have minty undertones. Lemon Balm contains essential oils including citral (lemonol), citronellol, linalool, and citronellal. These give it a lemon-like scent. It is thought to have a calming and relaxing effect and help relieve fatigue, headaches, and nervousness. The fresh or dried leaves are used to brew tea.
Making your tea is quick and simple. Bring an 8oz cup of water, or more if you'd like, to a boil. Fill your tea infuser with the flower buds or leaves of your choice. Then let it steep in hot water for about 10 minutes. Remove the infuser and sip away! You can download our Ebook that is full of tasty tea recipes here.
If you are interested in growing more tea types than listed above, or you want to supplement your Herbal Tea Starter Kit, you can always get our heirloom 10-Variety Herbal Tea Garden Seed set. It comes is a lovely wooden box and includes 10 bamboo plant markers. You will need to purchase seed starting soil and pots separately. You can view all our products here!
** This blog is for informational purposes only and is not to replace medical advice or treatment. Every person is different and may react to different herbs and teas differently. Always talk to your doctor before choosing home remedies!