Growing herbs for herbal tea with Linda Brennan - video transcript
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>> LINDA: Hi everyone. It's Linda from Ecobotanica here. We may have met at the Brisbane Council Library sustainability workshops. Today, I'm going to teach you about growing and enjoying your own herbs for herbal teas. We're going to be making a rosemary lemon balm, Stevia and mint herbal tea, so let's get it started.
First of all, this is rosemary. It's Tuscan Blue and it grows in the hottest, sunniest part of our garden. I give it a little bit of lime every year so it mimics its Mediterranean roots. It really responds well to a prune too.
Then we have this one and this is mint, spearmint, in fact, one of my favourite mints. But I don't grow it in the garden. I grow spearmint in a pot because if I let it go in the garden, it would take over everything. When you do grow mint, make sure that you have it in a nice moist condition and it doesn't mind a bit of shade.
The next one that I'd like to show you is this one. It looks a bit ratty, but it's just the time of the year. This is Stevia and its leaves are between 100 and 300 times sweeter than sugar. One leaf is enough for a whole pot of tea to sweeten it. Now that does have dry flower heads on it at the moment, so I recommend that if you do grow Stevia, grow it in a sunny spot, and then once those flower heads dry off, you just pick them, store them in a paper bag and then sow them again next season and you'll have your own Stevia plants.
This one is lemon balm. It grows really well in a pot and it's a member of the mint family, although it tastes more lemony than minty and it's very nice in tea. Lemon balm is often used as a soak in baths to reduce skin irritation, so it's very soothing, hence the name balm.
And finally, if you don't have lemon balm growing, you can grow lemon Myrtle. It's a small Australian native tree with very fragrant leaves. And if you want fresh lemon Myrtle tea, you just take half a dozen leaves, pop it in a pot and it's beautiful all on its own.
So to make the tea for today, we're going to have a sprig of rosemary in a pot of hot water, just like so. You don't need a lot because rosemary is quite richly fragrant. You need a goodly amount of peppermint, spearmint or apple mint, pop those into your pot as well. And this one is lemon balm, that lemon balm I spoke about before, very soothing herb, tuck that in. And then you only need one Stevia leaf for the whole pot because this is very sweet, tuck it in there. Stir it round in your pot and let it to brew for about two minutes. That's all it needs.
After a couple of minutes, you can just sit back and pour yourself a delicious cup of herbal tea, knowing that it's all been grown in your garden by yourself. Well done.