Lemon verbena herbal tea or tisane

5 Herbal Teas You Will Enjoy Drinking All Year Long

There's nothing like a tall glass of herbal iced tea to quench your thirst on a hot summer day or a nice cup of herbal tea before bed. Herbal teas, as you might have guessed, are made from the leaves and flowers of herb plants.

If you have even the slightest green thumb or want to try making your own herbal teas with fresh herbs, then check out the five easy to grow herb plants listed below. Learn how to make a proper tisane (shown above with lemon verbena leaves) and brew your own herbal tea.

1. Lemon Verbena
Popular in Europe, an herbal tea made with the lemon-scented leaves of the lemon verbena plant has an intense lemon flavor. It prefers somewhat drier soil and at least 6 hours of sunlight to thrive. Try serving lemon verbena iced tea with some fresh fruit

2. Chamomile
Tea made from the dried flowers of the German chamomile (Matricaria recutita) is calming and usually an ingredient in "bedtime" teas. Resembling miniature daisies, German chamomile is an annual that usually reseeds itself so you donít have to. It prefers a sunny location and moist but well-drained soils.

3. Mint
Mint leaves (newer leaves have better flavor than older ones) can be brewed to make a refreshing iced tea or hot tea and are good for calming the digestive system. The most common mints, peppermint and spearmint, prefer moist soils and full to partial sun. Mint grows quickly and may overtake the garden--but in this case itís not necessarily a bad thing is it?

4. Bee Balm (also called Oswego tea and bergamot)
Tisanes (a fancy name for herbal tea infusions) made from bee balmís colorful flowers have a citrus-mint flavor. Garnish the tea with a few petals or even the entire bee balm flower and you will be known as the "hostess with the mostest"!

5. Thyme
Like peppermint and spearmint, thyme is also a member of the mint family, but has an entirely different taste. While thyme makes for an interesting herbal tea, it is most often used medicinally to treat colds and the flu. Native to the Mediterranean, thyme prefers a sunny spot in the garden and drier soils.

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