This is what I have growing in my deck garden.
Tea from these is delicate and complex.
For the body, it is cooling and calming and healing.
How to Make Summer Tea
Pick of handful of leaves.
Proportion: 75% mint; 25% bee balm, lavender, & Russian sage.
Steep in a teapot for 15′. (Sometimes I forget and it brews for an hour but is delicious either way.)
Ice it for afternoon consumption during the heat of the day. It is caffeine-free so won’t your disturb sleep. In fact, it helps assure a smooth sleep.
Benefits of mint tea: Mint has antibacterial and antiviral properties (immune system support), supports mental clarity, eases indigestion and nausea, has antioxidant properties, and receives headaches.
Benefits of lavender tea: Lavender induces calm, reduces inflammation, boosts the immune system, detoxifies the body, supports digestive health, aids respiratory health, and improves sleep.
Benefits of Bee Balm (Oswego) tea: Bee Balm (yes, it is bergamot, that distinctive flavor in Earl Grey tea!) is a nervine used to treat anxiety and stress. Its antispasmodic properties help relieve menstrual cramps,muscle pain, fever discomfort, chills, headaches, and coughs.
Benefits of Russian Sage: Russian sage is actually a member of the mint family. Add it in small quantities for reducing nausea, fever.