The night-time hum of the dehydrator has been constant lately. It’s a welcome sound and it gives off a bit of heat which is nice with the cold nights we’ve been having.
Last week I harvested many of the herbs I’ve been growing for tea.
Although I normally dry herbs in the summer by hanging them in a warm sheltered area, these herbs are damp and risk mildewing if they’re not dried quickly; hence the dehydrator.
I’ve been making some of my favourite winter tea blends using everything I’ve grown: a motley of different mints, lemon balm, anise hyssop, bergamot, sage, lemon thyme, chamomile, catmint, catnip and stevia. I’m also adding some of the herbs I’ve foraged such as red clover, violet leaves, yarrow, mallow flowers, rose hips and raspberry leaves. Violet leaves and rose hips in particular pack a wallop of vitamin C and are great for helping to fight cold symptoms.
There are times when only the right cup of tea will do. When you might want something that cools a hot, itchy throat like mint or raspberry leaf or maybe you need to be comforted and soothed with chamomile and lemon balm.
Do you have a favourite tea ?