Herbal teas, using home-grown herbs
Herbal tea in itself is a lovely drink, but because of its medicinal qualities it may also help you to relax, or give a natural energy-boost. All our recipes for herbal tea can be made with home-grown herbs.
Growing your own herbs
Yes, you too can grow your own herbs, regardless of the amount of space available. Preferably grow herbs near your kitchen, making it easier to harvest some perfectly fresh herbs while cooking.
Cooking with herbs and making herbal tea
All home-grown herbs will lift the taste of your home-cooked meals, but why not brew tea from them as well? Some herbs really do have a 'medicinal effect': they are known for specific qualities, either to help you warm, calm or relax, or give you a pleasant energy-boost. So do use our recipes, and of course your own home-grown herbs, to brew a lovely 'cuppa'.
Calming tea: chamomile, lavender and honey
Both lavender and chamomile are known for their soothing qualities, which is why this is a perfect tea to help you relax, for instance after an intense workday, or just before going to bed. Simply boil some springs (or flowers) of chamomile and lavender for a few minutes. Sweeten this drink with a teaspoonful of honey, which soothes your throat at the same time.
Warming tea: orange-peel, chilli and cinnamon
During cold days in winter everyone loves a warming pick-me-up. Put some pieces of chilli pepper (avoiding pips and pith!) in a small saucepan, add a stick of cinnamon and the peel of an orange, again avoiding any white pith. Add some water, bring to the boil and leave to simmer for a few minutes. Now enjoy one of the best spicy, warming pick-me-ups ever!
Refreshing tea: mint, ginger, lemon and thyme
Apart from lemon (and probably ginger), the two remaining ingredients are quite easy to grow. Ginger aids digestion and is said to dispel nausea. Combining all ingredients makes a fresh, uplifting and invigorating tea for hot summer days. Put some mint leaves in a small saucepan, fill it with water, add some slices of ginger and lemon and a sprig of thyme. Bring to the boil and leave to simmer for a few minutes. Either drink this tea while hot or let it cool in the fridge. Once cool and served with ice-cubes it makes a wonderfully refreshing thirst-quencher.