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Herbs That Can Be Use to Make Healthy Teas

Brew a cup of herbal tea to enjoy — or make yourself feel better.

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Photo: National Garden Bureau. From: Lynn Coulter.


Orange and yellow calendula blooms are pretty in the garden, but when dried, they can be added to boiling water and steeped for about 15 minutes to make tea. Strain the tea before using; it’s traditionally been used to relieve sore throats.

Editor's note: This article is not intended as medical advice. Always consult a professional healthcare provider before trying any form of therapy or if you have any questions or concerns about a medical condition. The use of natural products can be toxic if misused, and even when suitably used, certain individuals could have adverse reactions.

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Orange Mint

Citrusy-smelling orange mint tea is best when served cold. Brighten its flavor by adding fresh orange and/or lemon juice and garnish with slices of fresh oranges and lemons. This is a refreshing beverage for warm summer days.

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Bee Balm

Practitioners of folk medicine often turn the flowers of bee balm (Monada didyma) into a poultice for bee stings. The leaves and flowers can also be brewed into a tea that's thought to help sore throats and headaches. 'Pardon My Cerise', shown here, is an ornamental bee balm.

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Photo: National Garden Bureau. From: Lynn Coulter.

Thai Basil 'Siam Queen'

Thai basils are stronger than sweet basils, and this variety, 'Siam Queen', has a licorice flavor. Part of the mint family, basils are often made into teas and used to treat upset tummies. For extra flavor, steep a tablespoon of grated lemon peel and two teaspoons of black tea leaves in your basil tea. 

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