Herbal teas are getting some popularity with wider community but generally only commercially available varieties. It is a real buzz to walk out the door pick a few leaves drop them in the cup and zap – a refreshing, healthy hot drink. Also for mums that don’t want kids loaded up with sugar you can make stronger blends, place them in fridge then just add water for a refreshing home made cordial.
For all teas chop leaves into pieces about1 to 2 cm square, place in cup and add boiling water. Add Stevia leaves to sweeten if desired. Leave to infuse for 3 to 4 minutes. For all teas triple quantities, leave to brew for five minutes add ice block to cool then place in fridge. Once chilled place 50ml in glass, fill with Mineral water water for cool summer drink.
Anise - Pimipinella anisum, medium shrub
Basil Cinnamon – Ocimum basilicum 'Cinnamon', Small annual, purple flowers, cinnamon scented foliage
Basil Green Ruffles - Ocimum 'Green Ruffles', Small annual, mauve flowers, clove scented ruffled green foliage.
Brahmi – Bacopa monniera, groundcover with green tea flavour that boosts memory.
Fruit Salad Sage – Salvia dorisiana, pretty shrub with nice pink flowers, fruity flaour
Geranium Lemon – Pelargonium crispum, Upright shrub, mauve flowers lemon scented foliage.
Geranium Nutmeg - Pelargonium x fragrans, Small shrub, white flowers with nutmeg scented foliage.
Geranium Peppermint - Pelargonium tomentosum Large shrub, mauve flowers, peppermint scented foliage.
Lavender – Lavandula angustifolia, medium shrub with purple flowers and fragrant foliage
Lemon Balm - Melissa officinalis, medium shrub with white summer flowers and pungent lemon foliage.
Lemon Verbena – Aloysia triphylla, large shrub with white flowers and lemon scented foliage.
Lime Verbena – Aloysia triphylla ’Lime’, large shrub with white flowers and citrus foliage.
Mexican tarragon – Tagetes lucida, medium shrub with yellow flowers and liquorice flavour.
Moroccan Mint – Menta spicata, intense flavoured spearmint used in Moroccan Mint Tea
Stevia – Stevia rebaudiana, sugar plant, calorie free sugar substitute, suitable for diabetics
Pineapple Sage – Salvia elegans, attractive large shrub with scarlet flowers, pineapple flavour
Chai Tea – Three leaves of each Basil Green Ruffles and Cinnamon, four leaves of Geranium Nutmeg and two leaves Mexican Tarragon
Extramintea – Two leaves of Moroccan Mint, Peppermint and Spearmint plus Stevia to taste
Fruitea – One med Pineapple Sage leaf, one Fruit Salad Sage leaf one Lemon Verbena leaf.
Lemonzap – Four Lemon Verbena leaves, two Lime Verbena leaves, half Pineapple Sage leaf half Common sage leaf.
Memortea – Two sprigs of Brahmi, two leaves lemon verbena, one leaf fruit salad sage.
Mintea – Two Stevia leaves, six Moroccan Mint Leaves one Lime and one lemon Verbena leaf.
Relaxtea – Ten leaves of Lemon Balm, one leaf of Common Mint two Lime (or Lemon if you don't have Lime) Verbena leaves.
Tangtea – Two leaves of Fruit Salad Sage and Geranium Peppermint and sprig of Germanium Lemon
Uppitea – Two leaves of Mexican Tarragon, sprig of Brahmi, two leaves Lime Verbena one lavender flower