from July 1985 "Drying Times"

By Barb Moody

Capture summer fragrance in mellow herbal tea blends. Include your favorite tea herbs in your garden or patio plants. Among the ones we like to use are raspberry leaves, catnip, lemon balm, chamomile, mints, strawberry leaves, rose petals, rose hips, and kitchen herbs such as rosemary, marjoram, and fennel.

To brew herb teas, use about 1 teaspoon of dried herb per cup of water. For the most part, leaves and flowers should be steeped about 5 minutes. Less time will result in weak flavor where as steeping too long will often produce bitter tasting teas. Never boil teas made from leaves or flowers.

Strawberry Delight

Minty Goodness

Experiment with your favorite herbs to create soothing, flavorful blends.