Friday, 12 March 2021

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Cultivating an indoor tea garden is a great way to keep you productive while you're stuck at home. Different types of herbal teas can be used to help with all kinds of health-related issues. This post by Maria Ames explains why she recommends that you invest in these teas and make your indoor space a place for treatment and relaxation.

Research has shown that herbal teas can also boost your immune system and make your skin healthier. They are a great alternative to packaged teas and coffees, and anyone can cultivate a tea garden in the comfort of their homes. Check out these easy-to-care flowers and herbs for a happy and healthier lifestyle.

Chamomile


Chamomile is an easy to grow herb and a well-known herbal tea. Chamomile tea is best consumed before bedtime because of its potential sleep benefits. It also helps you to be more relaxed. If you have diabetes, it is recommended to drink at least one cup of this tea after meals.

Compared to other tea plants, Chamomile does not grow too high and needs only four sun exposure hours. For maintenance, ensure that its soil is moist enough and not over-watered. You can also add organic matter when planting for healthier leaves. 

Rosemary

Known for its antioxidant properties, Rosemary is proven and effective in boosting your immune system. It is therefore recommended to plant this savory herb inside houses. Aside from antioxidants, the herb is also rich in anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial compounds. 

You can expose it to direct sunlight for at least six hours a day since it prefers more acidic soil. It grows healthier when properly exposed to sun rays. Once you notice that the soil is drying, water the plant, and make sure that it will never completely dry out. 

Lemon Verbena

The Lemon Verbena plant is considered one of the most common lemon-flavored herbs. This is great for treating digestive disorders and even skin-related conditions. The plant is also served as one of the main ingredients for alcoholic beverages. 

Since Lemon Verbena requires bright but filtered rays of the sun, place it two feet away from a sunny spot. It also requires regular irrigation to avoid possible leaf drop and insect infestation. Make sure to regularly prune the plant as it can be taller than what you have expected. 

Ginger

This is one of the most usual herbs in South and East Asia. Ginger provides various health benefits, such as lowering your blood pressure. It also has antibacterial and antioxidant properties. In ancient China, Ginger was widely praised and mainly used as a health tonic. 

Growing your Ginger in a container takes time; thus, be patient. You will notice a sprout growing from the surface after two to three weeks. Place it in a warm room, and expose it to indirect sunlight. You can also add fertilizer every six to eight weeks for more nourished roots and leaves. 


Jasmine


Jasmine flowers are known for making fresh and scented teas. It contains beneficial properties that can boost your immune system and provides healthier and glowing skin. It can also treat numerous diseases like diabetes, heart diseases and even prevent cancer's potential risk. 


Hibiscus


Hibiscus belongs to tropical flowers that will surely serve as an additional scenic attraction to your interior. When the flowers are ready, pick them fresh, and let them dry before making tea. It is best for reducing cholesterol, blood pressure and for weight loss. 


Anise


Scientifically known as Pimpinella anisum, Anise is a type of herbal plant that you can use as a remedy for cramps, colds, and congestions when taken as a tea. It can also be used to add an extra flavor to beverages and desserts. You will surely be pleased with its sweet-like aroma.

This type of plant requires full exposure to the sun and well-drained soil. You have to water it regularly until it is fully established. This is when it can tolerate long periods of drought. When harvested, keep the seeds in a paper bag. Its seeds can serve multiple purposes. 


Borage


You can use everything from this herbal plant, from its seed oil, flowers to leaves. When taken as a tea, your mouth can savor its cucumber-like flavor and fresh aroma that can help you feel more relaxed. Borage can treat inflammations and even Rheumatoid arthritis.

The plant can grow for up to two feet or even more in alkaline, well-drained soil. Its flowers will be ready after four weeks. For a fresh flavor and aroma, immediately harvest its flowers and consume them as tea. 


Takeaway


Instead of consuming processed tea and drinks, how about making your own tea at home? These herbal plants can produce a more organic solution. You can experiment a little and do your process of making your own flavor, suiting your tastebuds. You will surely be more relaxed after sipping some. 


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