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Growing Your Own Tea

Grow Your Own TeaI have a bit of a green thumb and I love to be surrounded by plants. I came across this site the other day and got very excited. They sell tea seeds to grow your own tea bush with!

They say that you need a patience and preferebly a hillside with good drainage, but that you can also grow them in zones 6 to 8. If you are not in those zones, it says you may be able to grow them either in a greenhouse or by bringing it inside when the weather grows colder. I'm in zone 5, so I would need to do that.

I'm thinking this would be a fun project to try, so I will be ordering some seeds soon and documenting how they do here.

Herbal Tea Garden Starter KitIf herbal tea is more your style, I also found this great Herbal Tea Garden Starter Kit on Amazon.com that contains everything you need to grow herbs such as chamomile, lavender, and lemongrass.

What is a Tisane?

Tea, infusion, decoction, tisane? With all the various titles, it can be a little confusing, if not daunting when it comes to herbal preparation. Simply put – a tisane is an infusion of herbs without any leaves from the tea bush (although, camellia sinensis, tea is considered an herb). Thus, tisane and infusion mean exactly the same thing.

A tisane is an easy way to prepare herbs, made in much the same way as tea, and especially calls for flowers and leafy parts. The standard quantities for medicinal use are often 30 g of dried herb to 500 ml of water. For just a simple beverage, 2-3 teaspoons per cup of water should suffice. Be sure to only “just” boil the water as vigorous boiling dispserses the volatile oils in the steam. Merely place your herbs in a tea pot with a close fitting lid, pour hot water over, cover, and let steep 10 minutes.

Try mixing together herbs like:

-          Lavender, rose hips, and cinnamon

-          Chamomile, lemon balm, and cloves

-          Raspberry leaf, lavender, and orange peel

-          Red clover and Nettle leaf

I think you will enjoy the process of discovering great tasting drinks with helpful benefits. Definitely check out Healing Herbal Teas by Brigitte Mars for a delightful compilation of recipes, instructions, and inspiration.