Did you know that you are growing herbs for tea?
Pictured is Borago officinalis, alsoknown as Borage. The leaves are fuzzy and the flowers, star-shaped, and bothare edible! Borage is super easy to grow and a wonderful
pollinator plant. Idon’t know about you, but the color of Borage is quite soothing. Immediately acalming sensation fills me when I stand among them in my garden.
The star-shaped petals remind me of little plant fairies suspended in the air or gently resting on fuzzy leaves.
The image of this plant is quite representative of some herbal actions it offers. Borage is known for being comforting to the heart. Historically it has been used to treat
afflictions of the heart, like melancholy. Other herbal studies claim Borage can be used to help with fevers, colds, and respiratory infections. The list does not stop there.
So, back to tea! Did you know that an herbal tea is really called a tisane? There are no actual “tea” leaves in a tea made with only herbs. I love the word “tisane” rather than
“tea.” But, I digress. I like to pick the flowers when they bloom and the young tender leaves near the flowers. I add them to my cup, as shown in the picture, and fill
with hot water. These are quite tender, so you do not need a hard boil, and I tend to leave my cup sit, covered, for about 10-15 minutes. Strain, if you wish, then enjoy.
Viola! A simple tea recipe! And, Imust tell you. I do not add anything sweet to most of my herbal tisanes. Iprefer to actually taste the herbal essence. And, to let you know,
I think that Borage reminds me of fresh cucumbers. I encourage you to try this! Enjoy