Both of us love our herbal teas and buy it quite regularly. However, recently we have been thinking of having a small potted “tea garden” where we can pick fresh leaves for our tea-making instead.
We have already been making tea out of two of the plants in our garden. We have a small Lemon Myrtle (Backhousia citriodora) beside our driveway, which is too small to pick from too often. However, it is getting larger and we look forward to when we can pick from it regularly for our teas, cooking and for other household uses. The beauty of Lemon Myrtle is that you can grab a leaf, tear it in a few places and then pour boiling water straight over it in a glass. It has to be one of the easiest teas to make!
We also have several types of mint in our backyard: Common Mint (Mentha x piperita), River Mint (Mentha australis) and Round-leaved Mint Bush (Prostanthera obtusifolia). Apparently, the last mint is better used in cooking than in teas. I do make the odd cup of tea from the River Mint. Its small leaves are deceiving as it is very pungent and only a small amount is needed.
There are still many more that we would like to add to our garden. Ones that come to mind are: Moroccan Mint, Chocolate Mint, Apple Mint and Chamomile. Whilst reading on the subject, we also found out that you can make tea from thyme, so we must try that out to see if we like the taste.
If anyone reading this has any other ideas for plants that we could add to our tea garden, we would love to hear from you!