Herbs for Brewing Tea - dummies

By Karan Davis Cutler, Kathleen Fisher, Suzanne DeJohn, National Gardening Association

Part of Herb Gardening For Dummies Cheat Sheet

If you’re growing herbs, it’s only proper that your cup of tea be herbal, either herbs alone or tea brewed with herbs. Here are the first ten herbs to put in your tea garden:

  • Anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum) has a minty/anise flavor.

  • Bee balm (Monarda didyma) makes a citrusy flavored tea.

  • Catnip (Nepeta cataria) creates a relaxing tea that soothes cold symptoms.

  • Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile and Matricaria recutita) makes a calming tea with a hint of apple aroma.

  • Scented geranium (Pelargonium spp.) can make a tea evocative of coconut, lemon, nutmeg or rose, depending upon the variety.

  • Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) makes a lemony brew.

  • Lemon verbena (Aloysia triphylla) has a strong lemon flavor.

  • Mint (Mentha x piperita) makes a minty fresh tea that aids digestion.

  • *Roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa) makes a citrusy, somewhat sour brew with a beautiful rosy red hue.

  • Sweet cicely (Myrrhis odorata) has a licorice flavor and aroma.