fresh herb tea

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~fresh herb tea~

“Teaism is a cult founded on the adoration of the beautiful among the sordid facts of everyday existence. It inculcates purity and harmony, the mystery of mutual charity, the romanticism of the social order.” ~Okakura Kakuzu, 1906

We have a ton of fresh herbs growing in the container gardens out back on our deck. I’m still wondering how we’re going to possibly use all of them! So far it’s been wonderful to add them to scented spa water, salads, pizza and spaghetti sauce, savory shortbread, montrachet, pesto, Chermoula, and meat marinades. I made a loaf of Twisted Herb Bread I even baked some rose geranium into a cake!

While looking for new ideas, I was pleasantly inspired to see a quick, easy way to make fresh herb tea while perusing the archives of Martha Stewart’s site. Read the original article HERE. I poured boiling, purified water over a cup of washed, pesticide-free peppermint leaves and let it steep in my clear teapot for 5 minutes, and then through a strainer into a big mug. Voila! Fresh herb tea! I’m thinking about making a pot using my chocolate mint with a little orange peel…and maybe another using lavender and lemongrass! The possibilities are endless.


Happy Teatime Tuesday!



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  7 comments for “fresh herb tea

  1. August 2, 2011 at 9:17 am

    LOVE! such beautiful pix and great ideas! i think its high time i got my herb rack going and made my herb garden (too hot outside and the last hail storm killed my herbs) INSIDE so i can join this ‘cult’! LOVE! thanks for all the ideas.

    • Melissa
      August 2, 2011 at 10:19 am

      aw! thanks! sorry to hear about your herbs…darn. You can never tell what the weather is going to do to your plants. Yes, the tea ‘cult’ is a good one 😉

  2. Chantelle
    August 2, 2011 at 11:02 am

    YUM to everything! Sounds wondeful…and what a GORGEOUS teapot. 🙂

    • Chantelle
      August 2, 2011 at 11:02 am

      *wondeRful. oops

  3. Melissa
    August 2, 2011 at 11:25 am

    thanks Chantelle!

  4. Sandra
    March 29, 2014 at 8:33 am

    I love lemon and basil together! Hot or cold!

    • Melissa
      March 29, 2014 at 9:13 am

      me too, Sandra! 🙂

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