As you may know, Tom and I are huge advocates of organic food. Yet we are also aware that in some places organic produce is hardly available. So why not grow some yourself? And if you don’t have a garden, herbs are especially easy to grow indoors.
Some are easy growers, others need more attention. The orientation of your window is important, as well as the soil you put them in. You can sow them or use cuttings. And nowadays there are complete, highly sophisticated indoor systems.
Personally, I like the simple way, but we are all different. So if you want to grow your own herbs indoors, choose the method that suits you best. You’ll be all the more motivated once results are coming.
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Grow your own herbs indoors
By growing your own herbs indoors you’ll always have a wide choice for your healthy herbal tea. It’s quite simple to grow herbs in pots. You will have a guaranteed organic and pest-free quality that way.
Indoors or outdoors?
A part of our garden is turned into a kitchen garden. When we were still living in the Netherlands we had one season which lasted from May until October. Over here in Spain, we have at least 2 seasons and some vegetables like carrots we can even grow 3 times a year.
So the possibilities of the number of harvests and the crop you can plant depend highly on where you are located. Growing inside is almost possible anywhere, although you will need extra lights if you live in a place with little daytime in winter. I used to have a couple of pendant lamps with special blue light.
The advantage of growing herbs indoors is that they won’t be eaten by insects. Apart from all the advantages we have over here, we also have a lot of grasshoppers in the garden. Very photogenic creatures, but at times a pain in the you-know-what. 🙂
Benefits of drinking herbal tea
Herbal teas contain many antioxidants and vitamins that are beneficial for the body and mind.
Some of the best herbal teas that boost the immune system are echinacea, ginger, elderberry, and licorice root tea.
Herbal teas are delicious and refreshing. They also promote good health, and some are used to combat various ailments. Growing your own herbs allows you to have everything you need at hand any time you want a good cup of tea. You can also buy the herbs, roots, and flowers you need to make various types of herbal tea at health food stores.
Most of the herbs used to make tea are easy to grow. You can plant many of them in containers if planting them in the ground isn’t an option. Indoors, on a balcony or terrace, any place with sunlight.
In this article, I describe some good herbs to use for making tea, along with some things to keep in mind when growing them.
Is it bad to drink herbal tea every day?
Even water in enormous quantities is bad for our health. So if you overdo it also herbal tea can cause problems. Most reported are headaches, digestive problems, distress, and sleeping problems.
Overdoing it means you drink more than 1 liter of herbal tea daily. As I often write on this website: we are not all the same. So if you drink more than 4 cups and don’t experience any problems, you’ll be fine.
A test is to occasionally drink a lot more or a lot less than you’re used to. If your body is reacting fiercely to that change of regime, then you should alter your intake. But I am not a doctor or dietitian, so consult an expert in case you’ve any doubts.
Types of herbal teas
This list of herbal teas is not complete, but I have chosen the ones that are a breeze to grow indoors. Licorice is great, yet a bit more difficult than mint. Especially if this is going to be your first try to grow your own herbs indoors I recommend starting with the easier ones.
There are many different types of mint, and most of them make a wonderful tea. Peppermint is one of the most popular. If you have more adventurous tastes, try pineapple mint or orange mint. I have peppermint and a milder kind of mint I like to combine because pure peppermint is a bit too sharp for my taste.
Mints are generally hardy plants, and they will spread like crazy if allowed to do so. Even in the garden they are best grown in pots and containers or planted in the ground in the middle of tall, bottomless containers. Tea is made from the leaves or small twigs.
This tea is a favorite of mine. I used to drink it to prevent colds and flu every winter. In Spain, it is not a very common plant, so I haven’t found one yet to grow myself. That’s a pity because – off-topic – they are also great to take photographs of. They are very attractive to bees.
The leaves are used for tea. In Echinacea teas you buy in a shop often fennel, ginger, or cardamom is mixed for optimal effect.
Closely related to mint, lemon balm also makes a tasty tea. It has a minty lemon flavor. Lemon balm grows best in dry soil and partial shade. The leaves are used to make tea.
Chamomile tea is very soothing, and it is also used to treat a variety of health problems like digestive issues and cramps. It is very easy to grow. Chamomile grows best in sunny, moist areas. The flowers are used for making tea.
In Spain, it’s very common to order a Manzanilla. It’s probably as common as Earl Grey is in the UK? Where in the Netherlands most cafes will be able to serve fresh mint tea, but Chamomile is much harder to order.
If you’re looking for a tea to help you unwind after a stressful day, lavender tea is a great choice. Lavender is well-known for its calming effect, and it can help relieve tension headaches. It needs full sun and well-drained soil to flourish. Use the buds for tea making.
Also known as cilantro, this herb is most often used in cooking, but it makes a nice tea as well. It has a unique spicy, citrusy flavor. Coriander grows in full sun or partial shade. The leaves are used to make tea.
Violet tea is quite refreshing, and it’s also a great source of vitamins A and C. Violets grow best in shady areas. Tea is made from the dried leaves and flowers of the plant.
Another herb that is usually used for cooking, thyme has a spicy flavor. Thyme tea is most often used for medicinal purposes, as it is good for sore throat and stomach problems. Thyme grows best in full sun or partial shade. Leaves and flowers may be used to make tea.
Herbs for detox tea
Some herbs are perfect for detoxification. For example, cardamom, nettle (also a perfect iron supplier), cinnamon, spearmint, cloves, ginger, lime blossom, licorice, parsley, and turmeric. Not all of those will be easy to grow indoors, but once you get the hang of growing stuff yourself it’s worth a try.
A detox occasionally does wonders for your body and mind.
- Increases energy and mental alertness;
- Cleanses the liver;
- Promotes healthy skin;
- Reduces Inflammation;
- Supports digestion.
Start your own herbal garden indoors
Almost anyone can grow a herbal tea garden. Many of these herbs mentioned do well indoors in containers as long as they get adequate sunlight. You don’t need a lot of space to produce enough herbs to make tea any time you like.
And the nicest additional benefit is that it is so relaxing to take care of your plants and to see them grow.
Did you ever grow herbs in pots? If you can add any tip here, put it in the comment box below. We will highly appreciate it.