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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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