Gardening

How to Grow Your Own Herbal Mint Tea

how to grow your own herbal mint tea

Herbal mint tea is so soothing and refreshing.  It’s delicious either ice cold or hot.  I love it either way to be honest.  It’s so refreshing sweetened up and served over ice on a hot summer day. Served hot it offers calm and comfort. Mint is a set it and forget it herb.  It’s so simple and easy to enjoy fresh herbal mint tea from your garden.  Join me as I explain how to grow your own herbal mint tea.

You can certainly buy mint tea, but there’s something special about getting it fresh and organic and essentially free after initial costs year after year out in your own garden.  Mint really is so easy to grow. 

Here’s why you should grow your own herbal mint tea:

  • You plant it once and it’s pretty much set it and forget it.
  • You can neglect it and it still grows (of course grows bigger and better with a little minimal care).
  • Harsh weather will kill it back (either heat and drought or ice and snow) but it will come back on it’s own.
  • It spreads on it’s own and you don’t ever have to plant it again (unless you want to).  In fact I keep mine in a half barrel planter to keep it contained, because they say it will take over your garden.  I decided to trust that and not experiment for myself. Hmmm… maybe I’ll l plant some in the front yard haha!

What mint is good for:

  • Upset stomach
  • Improves digestion
  • Soothes a sore throat
  • Boost immune system
  • Improves mental focus
  • Combats nausea 
  • Stress relieving

Needed Materials:

*Mint plant

*Potting soil

*Larger planter of some kind (I really like my half barrel planter)

What to do:

1. Fill your planter with potting soil.

2. Dig a hole large enough to cover the roots of your mint plant. Cover roots with soil.

3. Give it a good watering.

4. Water as needed.

That’s really it.  It will come back every spring, so you have delicious herbal mint tea to enjoy without thinking about it again next year. Fresh leaves can be used for tea as well as dried leaves.

How to dry mint leaves for tea:

  • Pick as many sprigs of mint leaves as you want to dry.
  • Lay it out on a clean surface in the sun.
  • Turn it periodically so it dries evenly. 
  • Alternately you can also tie the stems of the sprigs into a bundle with a string or rubber band and then tie them up somewhere upside down to dry. 

How to brew your own herbal mint tea:

I really enjoy brewing mint with a plain black tea, but it can be brewed alone.  

1.For one cup of tea put a small spoonful of dried leaves in tea strainer or just straight in the cup

2. Add boiling water

3. Let steep for 5-10 minutes 

4. Strain the leaves and enjoy!

*A longer steep time obviously creates a stronger flavor, so you can experiment with steep times according to your preference. 

* I like to brew my mint with a plain black tea, usually plain black decaf tea.

*I love it plain, but honey, stevia or sugar tastes good with it as well, especially for an iced version.

This tea is good for when you are having one of those days and you need a little quiet mama time. It’s a wonderful treat to share with the kids. It’s also great to make a pitcher when having company over.

I hope you are inspired to this really easy and simple gardening project. Let me know in the comments below if you plan to try starting your own herbal mint tea garden.

 

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