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DRYING HERBS FOR TEA

After all these years of having fresh herbs in the garden, I finally decided to dry fresh lemon balm and mint.  I can not believe with a garden full of these lovely herbs I have not done this sooner!

Lemon Balm is said to have many healing qualities – you can read about lemon balm here.

I cut some stalks of lemon balm, and stalks of mint – mine is not true mint – it tastes like peppermint and spearmint – but either would work well here.

This not a good picture because of the lighting, but what I did do was to attach an elastic band around the bottom edges of the stalks of herbs.  Then I hung them by string upside down on a curtain rod in the kitchen.  My kitchen always has a window or two open so there is always a breeze.  It is important to have good air flow when drying these herbs.

I did loose track of time.  This is a guess here but I think they hung for at least 2 weeks.  I did two other batches, and between warm weather, some wind through the windows, they were dry in one weeks time.

Then I picked off each leaf, making sure not to include the tough stems.  Then chop until you have a small consistency – wow does it ever smell luscious :

Method:

2 cups dried lemon balm, chopped fine

1 1/2 cups dried mint – spearmint or peppermint

boiling water

fresh lemon

Process:

Cut your dried herbs – you want them fairly small – similar to tea  leaves.  Add to a bowl and combine the two herbs.

Mix up until well combined and transfer to a mason jar, to store in a dark cupboard.

To make the tea, add 3 Tblsp. of dried tea mixture to 1 1/2 cups of boiling water.  Allow to steep for 5-10 minutes.  Squeeze in the juice of a fresh lemon wedge and a tad bit of honey, stirring to combine.  Refreshing homemade tea at it’s best!

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