Tea Garden–10 Plants for Herbal Tea

Tea Garden–10 Plants for Herbal Tea

Make iced or hot teas all year long with these healthful herbs from your garden. During the growing season you can simply snip tea ingredients for steeping, trying different mixes as you go. As the growing season ends, harvest and dry your herbs so you can enjoy the scents and flavors of the garden even when it is covered in snow. Learn more about preserving herbs and maybe even try our creative tulsi tea combinations. Did we mention custom, homegrown teas make thoughtful gifts?

Herbs for Tea

The herbs listed below are what we think make the best teas. They can also be grown in containers, converting your patio into a tea garden!


(Nepeta cataria)

Common uses: Insomnia, anxiety, headaches, migraines, respiratory infections, flu, fever, and digestive aid.

Flavor: Woodsy, grassy, with an underlying mint flavor and lemon aroma

German Chamomile

(Matricaria recutita)

Common Uses: Calming, insomnia, depression, headaches, migraines, and digestive support.

Flavor: Apple

Crimson Clover

(Trifolium incarnatum)

Common Uses: none known

Flavor: Light and floral


(Lavandula angustifolia)

Common Uses: Calming, pain relief, and digestive issues.

Flavor: Lavender, slightly sweet, and slightly minty

Anise Hyssop

(Agastache foeniculum)

Common Uses: Coughs, fever, and digestive issues.

Flavor: Sweet mint, licorice

Lemon Balm

(Melissa officinalis)

Common Uses: Insomnia and upset stomach

Flavor: Lemon with a hint of mint


(Mentha sp.)

Common Uses: Indigestion, upset stomach, nausea, cramps, and muscle spasms

Flavor: Minty

Monarda / Bee Balm / Wild Bergamot

(Monarda spp.)

Common Uses: Coughs, sore throats, nausea, and digestive issues.

Flavor: Lemon, basil, thyme, and mint

True Hyssop

(Hyssopus officinalis)

Common Uses: Expectorant

Flavor: Mint-like

Tulsi/Kapoor Holy Basil

(Ocimum sp.)

Common Uses: Anxiety, digestive health, immune health, expectorant, and as an antioxidant

Flavor: Sweet bubble gum


A general rule for measurements is to use about 1 tablespoon of dried herbs per cup for hot tea or 8 tablespoons per gallon for sun or iced tea. Steep leaves for about 3 minutes or longer, depending on your strength preference (use a tea ball or strain the leaves out after steeping). When using fresh herbs, 3 tablespoons generally equals 1 tablespoon dried. From there, you can adjust the amount of herbs or sweeteners like stevia or honey to create your own, perfect cup of tea.

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