Do It Yourself
5 Easy Herbs to Grow & Use for Tea
Herbals teas are powerful in the survival world due to the versatility of herbs for various health benefits. Whether you are in need of insect deterrent or physical healing you can equip your garden with these easy to grow herbs that can benefit you daily or in crisis mode. You don’t need a lot of room to start your herbal garden. Herbs can grow very well in pots and often do well indoors as well as outdoors. We have put together a list of our top recommended herbs to grow and use.
Lavender is known for its calming scent but did you know that it can also be ingested? Lavender makes a great floral tea that gives both a fragrant and semi-sweet taste. The main benefits for lavender tea include balancing emotions and calming a stressed mind, eliminating headaches and healing wounds. Another great way to use this herb is to rub the flowers of the plant between your fingers and use as a skin calming agent for bug bites and scrapes. You can mix the oil that disperses from the flower tops and add into an ointment or salve and apply directly as needed. This plant grows best in full sun with well drained soil.
Mint is very helpful for several first aid needs like clearing brain fog, relieving headaches and calming an upset stomach. Using mint leaves to make a tea is a really effective digestive tonic. Aside from this, it is invigorating and stimulating helping to aid in focus and enhance awareness, something every survival situation needs. It is also known for warding off various insects and bugs. This plant is almost too easy to grow. It likes moist soil and full to partial sun. Beware, if can really take off, so keep it in a large pot.
The Sage plant makes a really powerful tea due to its antiseptic benefits. It can help aid in things like sore throats and mouth ulcers/canker sores. Emotionally it can help to lift spirits for those suffering from depression and cognition recall. Try it with a touch of honey or stevia. Keep this plant watered regularly for optimal growth.
4. Chamomile herb is widely known for its medicinal purposes. It is mainly known for reducing anxiety and stress and enhancing sleep when made as a tea. This herb can also be used to calm skin irritations brought on by bugs and other plants. Chamomile prefers wet and sandy soil under a lot of sunshine
5. Lemon Verbena
Lemon Verbena leaves steeped in hot water make an excellent tea which is helpful for digestive issues, respiratory issues such as asthma and even some pain. Lemon is also very uplifting and can have a positive effect on emotional well being. This herb is very easy to grow with lots of sun, but doesn’t love winter weather. You should bring it indoors during cold seasons.
The great thing about growing herbs is that you can dry the flowers or leaves and store for survival situations. Your herbal supply is easily portable, so create a little “go stash” for survival. You will be glad you have these herbs on-hand when needed.
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