Brewing Tea From Homegrown Herbs

Almost everyone drink tea now and then. But it is not often that tea is made from fresh ingredients. Tea bags sold in supermarkets are all made from tea, herb, fruits that have been dried prior to packing. In this #FindingLeisure article, let us share some tea-brewing tips.



Fresh Peppermint Tea

Peppermint is one of the easiest herb to grow, perfect for beginners. They can survive in partial sun, and while beginners often make the mistake of overwatering plants, the peppermint will gladly drink it all up. 

Mature peppermint plants can be bought at some supermarkets in Jakarta. If you would like to grow your own, simply buy a bunch of cut peppermint from the supermarket, take some cuttings, remove the bottom leaves, and place the cuttings in a clean jar of water. Roots will appear within a few days, and the plant can be transplanted into a pot with soil.

To harvest peppermint, make sure to cut the stalk at points where you can see new shoots emerging from the left and right side of the main stem. This will ensure that the new stems will emerge. If you harvest from a plant without considering where new shoots will grow, you may end up with a bald plant after a few cuttings!

Pre-heat your teapot by filling it with hot water and letting it sit for 5 minutes. Afterwards, throw out the hot water. Take about 4~5 stalks mint cuttings, strip the leaves off the stem, rip or crush the leaves with your hands, and insert into the teapot. Add 3~4 cups boiling water. 

Wait 5 minutes, and voila, you have peppermint tea made from fresh leaves! We love having hot peppermint tea with a teaspoon of honey for those cozy nights. During hot summer days, enjoy a glass of refreshing ice peppermint tea by adding honey and a few drops of lemon. 

Brewing fresh tea costs less than using tea bags, contains more beneficial essential oils, is more environmentally-friendly, and what can be more luxurious than drinking herbal tea brewed straight after it is harvested from a live plant? Now you can enjoy tea time with self-grown tea from your very own garden.