Medicinal herbs are plants that have leaves, seeds, and flowers and are added to food and drinks for their medicinal properties. Such herbs help treat minor ailments such as burns and colds. As such, growing a medicinal and herbal tea garden in one’s home is a wise investment.
To create a medicinal tea garden, we must first select the right herbal plants and arrange the necessary prerequisites. Herbal plants require sunlight, well-drained soil, and constant attention. Before planting herbs, it is a good idea to know which diseases they are used to treat. This is so that medicinal herbs are appropriately chosen as per their respective applications.
Herbal tea garden and kids gardening
Growing medicinal herbs can be a fun gardening project for children. This will allow them to learn about the therapeutic benefits of plants while enjoying their final product in the form of food or herbal tea. Thus, while selecting herbs for your garden, look for easy-to-grow medical herbs so that your children may take this beneficial activity up as a hobby.
Planning to build a medical tea garden procedure
In this step, we will help you understand how to plan out your new herbal garden.
1) Plants’ locations
Decide whether you want to turn your backyard into a planting area or have a small tea garden by the windowsill. If you choose the latter, you will have less space and less soil to work with. In this case, you have to grow each plant in a separate pot, but if you decide to plant medicinal plants in your backyard, you can dig up and plant the plants directly in the ground.
2) The number of medicinal herbs
Determine the number of medicinal herbs you wish to include in your herbal tea garden. It is best to start with four or five plants and gradually increase the number of plants you use. The following are medicinal plants that you can use:
Thyme is a medicinal herb whose leaves, flowers, and oil are used as medicine. This herb is beneficial for colds, flu, and, above all, coughing. Keep this plant in your garden, especially during flu season. The pleasant flavor of thyme herbal tea makes it even easier to incorporate into your daily routine.
The flower of the chamomile plant is commonly used to relieve muscle spasms, inflammation, and tension. After plucking the blooms, dry them and put their seeds in soil to flourish the following year. Chamomile is primarily used as an herbal tea. Drinking it in the evening can help you relax and fall asleep.
Yarrow, also known as Achillea millefolium, are used to treat minor bleeding. The plant can be dried and its tea can be used to treat colds.
Dracocephalum is used to treat insomnia, anxiety, and gastrointestinal problems. Its leaves have a pleasant odor and can be dried and used to make a tasty tea.
Peppermint is a grafted peppermint plant. Menthol oil enhances its flavor and scent while relieving nausea, muscle spasms, and fevers.Peppermints are invasive plants that may overtake the tea garden and, thus, it’s much better to grow them in pots.
Other good medicinal herb options for herbal tea gardens include valerian for calming the nerves, Leucanthemum for pain and fever, violas for colds and sore throats, and rosemary for boosting the immune system and improving blood circulation.
3) climate and region condition
Consult your gardener about plants that grow well in your climate. The heat and humidity of your area will play a significant role in fruiting your herbs. If you live in a cold region, you can grow certain plants by the window and other plants outdoors during the summer.
4) Seed selection
Decide on your starting point, whether you want to plant a seed or plant a seedling. Although sowing seeds is less expensive, the chances of growing the seedlings are higher. However, gardeners, and especially greenhouses owners, usually start with sowing seeds.
Building a herbal tea garden
In this step, we will outline the method of planting medicinal plants.
Buy pots for growing plants
Buy pots for invasive medicinal plants. Herbs such as mint and yarrow are invasive plants and can fill your garden in a year or two. They may also lead to the death of other plants as they fight and compete for soil nutrients.
Select an appropriate soil
Choose soil that is easily drained. If you plant in pots or other containers, be sure to add some leca or sand at the bottom so that the roots of your plants do not rot. If you want to plant herbs directly in the ground, the soil will naturally drain and the excess will be removed from the roots. In that case, do not overwater the plants.
Expose the plant to sunlight
Most herbs should be exposed to direct sunlight and require six hours of sunlight per day to thrive. Dracocephalum and viola plants are exceptions to this. If you do not know your plant’s needs, either read its guide in the seed package or read about it before planting.
Fill the pot with an appropriate soil
Before planting the seeds, fill the pot with three-quarters of its volume of good sterile soil. If you want to plant seedlings, dig lightly into the soil so that the roots are covered and only the stem remains above the soil. After planting, fill the remaining space with the remaining sterile soil.
Water the plants
Irrigate the plant immediately after sowing seeds or planting the seedlings in your herbal tea garden or pot. Keep the soil around the plant moist, but do not wet it too much.
Harvest the herbs
Harvest the plants according to the instructions. Many herbs can be harvested continuously, though others only need to be harvested once or twice per season. Harvesting the plant facilitates increased plant growth.
Dry the plant
Many seasonal plants need to be dried before use. Depending on the climate of your home, you can use a warm and dry room or a darkroom to dry the plants. It is also possible to do this with a dryer. Keep dried plants away from sunlight and air currents.
To summarize, an herbal tea garden is now a must-have for everyone’s home. You can have a green, scented tea garden in your home if you choose an acceptable medicinal herb for your garden and follow the recommendations outlined above. This garden can be an excellent place for your kids to play while you enjoy the flavor of your herbal teas.