Fresh Herbal Tea Herb Sampler
Enjoy a delectable tasting of The Chef Garden herbs English Mint, Lemon Balm, and Lemon Verbena to craft your own freshly brewed herbal teas or brighten and enhance your tea experience. These are a perfect accompaniment to our Flowerhouse Teas.
To brew fresh herbal tea, heat water to between 160-180 degrees Fahrenheit, then pour over roughly chopped fresh herbs (we recommend starting with about 1 tbsp chopped, then adjusting to your taste). Add a lid if possible to keep the essential oils from the herbs in the brewing vessel. Allow to steep for 5-10 minutes depending on the desired strength. Strain, then enjoy.
These herbs also make beautiful cold infusions, roughly chop herbs, then add to room temperature filtered water. Cover. Allow to steep for 12-24 hours, then strain. Cold infusing herbs into water pulls out fewer tannins from the herbs and creates a beautiful, smooth, refreshing tea perfect for a warm summer day.
Sweeten with a taste of honey.
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Mint tea is a perfect way to finish a meal. Mint helps aid digestion (including symptoms such as indigestion, gas, and bloating) and freshens breath. The scent of the mint tea as you drink it may also help relieve headaches, menstrual cramps, and nasal congestion. Mint tea may help with concentration and focus, and it is caffeine-free so will not disrupt sleep.
Lemon balm tea soothes stress away and helps promote improved mood, a feeling of calm, relaxation, and sleep.
Lemon verbena tea is bright yet soothing containing a number of anti-inflammatory and cell-protecting plant compounds (aka phytonutrients). Lemon verbena tea is delicious after a meal or before bed to help promote restful sleep.