Since I got my food dehydrator, I've been drying herbs for cooking, and also some for making herbal tea. As I don't drink caffeine, I usually stick to herbal teas. So far I have dried mint, peppermint, thyme, taragon, lemon grass and lemon myrtle leaves for tea. I keep each one in a separate jar and then mix up a little of each to make a jar to take to work and I use a tea ball to brew my tea.
|calendula flowers in my garden|
On ingredient that I've been hoping to add to my tea is calendula, and it is finally flowering in my garden. I have been picking the flowers and letting them air dry in a jar (as it is very dry here at the moment, I don't need to use the dehydrator). When the petals are dry I pull them off and put them in another jar, ready to add to my tea.
|drying the flowers|
It does take a lot of flowers to make enough petals for tea as they really shrink when they dry, but they aren't hard to grow or dry, so I don't mind having a few in a jar until they dry.
|dried petals ready for tea|