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4 of the best herbs to grow in your garden to make delicious homemade tea

Country Living (UK) logo Country Living (UK) 14/11/2017 Caroline Tilston

The best herbs to grow in your garden to make tea © Maximilian Stock Ltd. / Getty The best herbs to grow in your garden to make tea Growing herbs to make into teas is easy and if you plant a few different types, you can mix and match to get your perfect cuppa. Just add to a cup or pot of boiling water.

With its apple-like taste, camomile is probably the best-known herbal tea. It's easy to grow from seed (£1.99, Amazon) in a sunny spot or, simpler still, buy small plants. Harvest the flowers as soon as they open in summer and dry them in open bags hanging in your kitchen. Use one teaspoon per cup.

a vase filled with white and yellow flower © Provided by Hearst Communications, Inc There are so many different types of mint – peppermint, spearmint, applemint, even chocolate mint – and they're easy to grow in shade or sun. They like moist soil so don't forget to water them. You can use the leaves fresh for tea or collect bunches and hang them to dry for use later.

a vase of flowers on a table © Provided by Hearst Communications, Inc Jasmine tea is used for relaxation. It's a climber that will be happiest in sun so will need wires or a trellis to climb up. Pick the delicately perfumed flowers and use them fresh to make the tea. Tear them up to help release the flavour before putting them in the pot or cup.

a close up of a flower © Provided by Hearst Communications, Inc Lemon balm is very easy to grow and has tiny white flowers that attract bees, but it's the citrus-scented leaves, either fresh or dried, that will make a wonderful tea.

a group of green plants © Provided by Hearst Communications, Inc For more inspiration, Rachel de Thample's book, Tonics & Teas (£7.64, Amazon) has a huge variety of methods and recipes.

Related: 12 Surprising Benefits of Black Tea You Haven’t Heard Before (provided by Reader's Digest)

Mend cuts and scrapes: <p>Black tea's tannins act as astringents to stop bleeding from open cuts or scrapes. Gently press a cool, damp tea bag on the affected area to feel soothing relief and reduce any swelling. However, if you notice <a href='https://www.rd.com/health/wellness/signs-a-cut-or-scrape-is-infected/1'>any signs of an infection</a>, get to your doctor ASAP.</p> 12 Surprising Benefits of Black Tea You Haven’t Heard Before

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