How to Make Herbal Sun Tea

Using the warmth of the sun, make some healthy, delicious sun tea from the herbs you've grown in your home garden.
Herbal Sun Tea

Herbal Sun Tea

Photo by: DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Ready Set Grow! , 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Materials Needed:

  • variety of herbal leaves, flowers or stems
  • water
  • medium glass jar

1. Choose your herbs.

In the morning, pick 3 to 4 tablespoons of the fresh leaves, flowers or stems, depending on the herb you want to use, and put them into a jar. Be careful to choose the right parts of each herb to make different sun teas. We used the flowers and leaves of bergamot; stems and leaves of epazote; leaves of mint and lemon verbena together; leaves of lemon balm and catnip together; leaves of borage; and leaves of lemon grass cut into 2-inch (5 cm) lengths.

Mint Leaves

Mint Leaves

Photo by: DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Ready Set Grow! , 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

2. Steep your herbs.

Add 2 to 3 cups (1/2 liter) of water. Put the lid of the jar on securely and shake the mixture thoroughly. Leave the jar in a place that gets full sunlight. Shake the jar every now and then throughout the day.

Sun-Cooked Mint Leaves

Sun-Cooked Mint Leaves

close up of jar containing water and leaves

Photo by: DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Ready Set Grow! , 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

3. Enjoy a glass of fresh tea.

In the late afternoon, the tea should appear to be a rich green color and be warm to drink. Strain the contents and serve. Throw away any unused tea.

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