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Herbal Tea Gardening: Grow Your Own Herbal Iced Teas

Herbs are not only delicious and great for cooking, but they are also packed with health benefits.  While at a workshop at the Palisade Gardens Retirement Community in Cobourg with Canada’s first registered horticultural therapist, Mitchell Hewson, I learned all there is to know about herbs. Hewson explained the health benefits of various herbs, how to grow your own and went over the steps required to make a tall revitalizing glass of herbal iced tea.



Here is what I learned from Mitchell Hewson at the Palisade Gardens:

Herbal health benefits

From easing nausea to soothing sore muscles, herbs have an infinite number of healing characteristics.  Here is a glance of a few herbs and their healing side effects:

A note of caution: do not take sage in large doses for long periods of time.

Green thumbed advice

The first step starts in the garden.  Here are a few tips on how you can garner beautiful greenery:

 

Quench your thirst

Once the herbs are grown, the next step is to create thirst-quenching herbal iced teas…

Use can brew with fresh or dried herbs.  The rule of thumb for dry herbs is to use two teaspoon per cup of boiling water and for fresh use six teaspoons per cup of boiling water.

For the cool evenings, make a steaming hot cup of tea by cutting the measurements in half.  Use one teaspoon per cup of boiling of boiling water and three for fresh herbs.

Once you have measured, gently crush the herbs and put them in an infuser.  Then pour boiling water over the infuser and let it steep for three to five minutes.  For iced tea, just add ice and sit back and relax!

By Bria Weaver

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Do you garden with herbs? Please share your tips in the Comments section below!





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