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    Updated on Feb 4, 2019. Posted on Apr 5, 2017

    Grow Your Own Herbal Tea At Home

    Fresh homemade tea is just a windowsill away.

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    Wanna grow your own herbal tea? It's actually pretty easy! Here's how...

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    ROMAN CHAMOMILE

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    Supplies

    Medium planter

    Potting mix (chamomile grows best in soil with a pH level between 5.6 and 7.5)

    Roman chamomile seeds
    Air-tight jar

    Instructions

    # Fill the planter with potting mix. Tap the planter a few times to settle the dirt and remove any air pockets.

    # Pour enough water over the potting mix to dampen it slightly.

    # Sprinkle seeds all over the surface.

    # Chamomile seeds grow best in direct sunlight, so no need to cover them with soil! Put your planter in an area that gets a lot of sunlight and water when the soil feels dry.

    To Harvest

    # Pluck flowers once they’ve bloomed, or cut a few stems about 2 in / 3 cm from the base.

    # Lay flowers out for several days to dry, or hang the stems upside down for several days.

    # Once dry, the flowers should be shriveled up into tiny balls. Pluck them from their stems if you haven’t already, then store them in an air-tight jar so you can enjoy fresh chamomile whenever you like!

    PEPPERMINT

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    Supplies

    Large planter (peppermint needs a lot of space to move around)

    Potting mix (peppermint grows best in soil with a pH level between 6 and 7.5)

    Peppermint seeds
    Air-tight jar

    Instructions

    # Fill the planter with potting mix. Tap the planter a few times to settle the dirt and remove any air pockets.

    # Pour enough water over the potting mix to dampen it slightly.

    # Sprinkle seeds all over the surface.

    # Cover seeds with 1 in / 3 cm of potting mix.

    # Place your peppermint plant in an area that gets a lot of sunlight and water when the soil feels dry.

    To Harvest

    # Cut stems 1 in / 3 cm from their base.

    # Hang bushel upside down for several days until dry. Since peppermint is rather moist, to speed up the process you can also lay out the leaves on a baking sheet and bake them at about 150° F / 65° C for a few minutes at a time. Just make sure not to burn them!

    # Once dry, cut the leaves and stems into tiny pieces, then store them in an air-tight jar so you can enjoy fresh peppermint tea whenever you like!

    LEMON BALM

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    Supplies

    Medium planter

    Potting mix (lemon balm grows best in soil with a pH level between 6.5 and 9)

    Lemon balm seeds
    Air-tight jar

    Instructions

    # Fill the planter with potting mix. Tap the planter a few times to settle the dirt and remove any air pockets.

    # Pour enough water over the potting mix to dampen it slightly.

    # Poke your finger into the soil to create several holes, keeping them a few inches apart from each other. The holes should be about 2 in / 5 cm deep.

    # Sprinkle a few seeds into each hole.

    # Place your lemon balm plant in an area that gets a lot of sunlight and water when the soil feels dry.

    To Harvest

    # Cut off small bunches of leaves.

    # Hang bushel upside down for several days until dry. Since lemon balm is rather moist, to speed up the process you can also lay out the leaves on a baking sheet and bake them at about 150° F / 65° C for a few minutes at a time. Just make sure not to burn them!

    # Once dry, cut the leaves into tiny pieces, then store them in an air-tight jar so you can enjoy fresh lemon balm tea whenever you like!

    LAVENDER

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    Supplies

    Large planter (lavender needs a lot of room to grow, so a pot that is at least 12 in / 30 cm wide is ideal)

    Rocks (enough to cover the bottom of your planter)

    Potting mix (lavender grows best in soil with a pH level between 5.6 and 9)

    Lavender seeds
    Air-tight jar

    Instructions

    # Fill the bottom of your planter with medium-sized rocks. Lavender needs well drained soil, so the rocks will help with the drainage.

    # Fill the rest of your planter with potting mix. Tap the planter a few times to settle the dirt and remove any air pockets.

    # Sprinkle seeds over the surface, then cover with about 1 in / 3 cm of potting mix.

    # Pour enough water over the potting mix to dampen it slightly.

    # Place your lavender plant in an area that gets a lot of sunlight and water when the soil feels dry.

    To Harvest

    # Cut stems 1 in / 3 cm from their base.

    # Hang bushel upside down for several days until dry.

    # Once dry, pull off the lavender bulbs. They will come off rather easily if you simply rub your fingers over them. Then, store them in an air-tight jar so you can enjoy fresh lavender tea whenever you like!

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