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There are drinks for every day, which consist only of natural ingredients, can be sweetened according to your own taste, and can also have a positive effect on wellbeing: The most varied herbal teas, which are also pleasingly cheap to produce, if you Collect and dry herbs yourself:
Which herbs are suitable for the tea preparation?There are many herbs that can enrich the domestic tea supply in an interesting way: nettles and fennel, chamomile and cumin, melissa and mint, rosehip, yarrow and thyme, for example. However, you could still collect some other plant parts that can be added to a herbal tea: for example, the leaves of some fruit bushes such as raspberries and currants and the flowers of some trees and flowers such as elder and lime blossom, roses and marigolds.
All of these herbs (and many others) make a tea with its own taste, and all these herbs have a different effect. Stinging nettles have a stimulating effect on the metabolism, fennel calms infants and is good for digestion, chamomile and cumin are also good for the stomach, balm strengthens the nerves and mint the airways. The rosehip is a vitamin C bomb, also in tea, yarrow calms and relaxes, thyme kills germs, and these are only extracts from the extensive talents that are awarded to the herbs.
Where can you collect tea herbs?
An attentive view of the surrounding area usually helps to discover enough tea herbs for personal supplies. Nettle grow almost everywhere, undeveloped land, natural meadows or stream banks often bring the most diverse tea herbs to light: wild fennel and cumin, melissa, (arable) mint and yarrow you could here z. B. harvest. In the garden or in the open air you can harvest raspberry leaves and elderflower, currant leaves and linden flowers, marigolds, rose hips and the flowers of unspotted roses.
Many herbs should be collected in spring, the young leaves are rich in vitamins, eg. B. nettles, lemon balm, raspberry and blackcurrant leaves. Rosehips can be picked very well in the fall, the fruits of the fennel ripen in September and October, the best collection times for the other tea ingredients can be found on the Internet.
Of course, you should identify the wild plants exactly, especially in Umbelliferae such as caraway, a confusion can be extremely harmful to health. It is better to spend the early days of your career as a wild herb tea producer with a good planting guide if you are new to herbs growing wild.
Further help: Plant wild herbs to get to know yourself in the garden, take a vegetarian with you to collect, join a guided herbal walk or contact the local phytosanitary department, where you will often receive expert advice.
If you have found a great spot where a particular tea herb grows in lavish abundance, you should always remember to leave some plants, only so the plant can spread further on the site, just so you can still the next few years reap something.
Tea herb dryingTea herbs should be dried as gently as possible so that as much of their aroma and ingredients as possible are retained. Herbs collected in the wild should be washed hot to remove any attached fox tapeworm eggs. The experts are also of the opinion that the risk of infestation is exaggerated, it should be proven only diseases of people who have touched without protective gloves regularly dead wildlife. Even if people have eaten unwashed wild strawberries, no infestation has ever been detected, and all temperatures above 70 degrees kill the parasite's eggs with certainty.
Then tie the herbs together to small bouquets, which you can hang in a suitable room to dry. For example, on a leash that you have pulled across the room. It should be a possible dark room that is well ventilated or can be ventilated by you on a regular basis.If this room gets a little warmth from the sun, that's not bad, but you should never dry the herbs in the blazing sun, then you would rob them of some nutrients and vitamins. The higher the temperature and the better the ventilation, the faster the herbs dry, the less light is incident, the safer they are against nutrient loss and mildew.
If the dry material does not bind to bouquets, it can be dried (preferably on lattices) lying, but never superimposed. The herbs are dry when the leaves rustle and the stems break easily, and before storing them in storage containers, they should be left to cool in a cool room for one to two hours.
If you do not have a room that heats up and can be kept dark, you could buy a dehydrator, which costs around 100, - € and dries the herbs in a short time according to the instructions. Such a doorknob is covered with close-meshed metal grilles on which you can also dry excellent apple rings, apricots and plums, which later enrich tea or biscuits.
Most tea herbs can also be used to support healing treatments. However, before you work with higher tea concentrations, you should have carefully studied the ingredients of each herb. Because as with the "right medicine" determines the mixture and the dose of success in medicinal herbs.