Making your own tea requires practice, however over a period of time you will learn how to use the plants and flowers in your garden to make delicious and refreshing herbal teas. You can buy the loose teas from any store however if you really want to DIY, here are a few tips!
1. Purchase the seed or plant that you would like to use as your tea and let it grow. Plants such as lemon balm, mint, roses and other herbs are perennials so they will come back every year.
2. Once the plant has grown snip off the leaves and place in a brown paper bag, do not use plastic because it will not dry properly. You can also do the hanging methods and place a tie around the herb and let it air dry. Or you can speed up the process with a microwave to dry out the leaves, but some of the nutritional value will be lost. With the brown bag it takes about 2 weeks to dry. *Do not use any chemicals on the plants.
3. Once the herb has dried, use a grinder to grind up the leaves. Make sure you have a grinder that has several settings because you do not want the tea leaves to be too fine.
4. After grinding the tea leaves, you can either purchase a loose leaf tea diffuser, a metal ball diffuser or tea bags to place the tea in.
5. Please the tea leaves in the hot water and let sit for about ten minutes to let the flavors absorb into the water.
See below a list of fresh herbs you can grow to use for tea:
Fresh Mints - Peppermint, Spearmint, and other variations