Brewing herbal teas is a healthful way to beat warm weather this summer, or cozy up to warm long winter evenings. The article includes a plant and tea description chart.
Herbs for tea are not hard to grow, and nearly all mail-order seed companies and local garden stores offer a good selection of different kinds.
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Many tea ingredients can be foraged. Here in western Montana, for instance, I go up into the hills every spring to gather wild strawberry, raspberry, and huckleberry leaves — each type adds a delightful tanginess to otherwise-mild tea blends. I also forage clover blossoms and alfalfa (both can be found in fields and along side roads) and wild mint (which often grows along ditch banks).