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Grow a Healing Herbal Tea Garden

It can be quite satisfying to sit down to drink a freshly-steeped cup of tea, especially if you have grown the tea ingredients right in your own backyard! Herbal teas are a gentle way to include healing herbs in your everyday routine.

Chamomile flowers with copy "Healing Plants to Grow in a Tea Garden"

While they don’t have the potency that other herbal preparations have, teas can be a safe way to consume a little dose of an herb regularly throughout the day and over a long period of time. This can be beneficial for chronic imbalances or to support more rigorous treatments for health and wellness. Whether you have a small space or a large plot of land, you can always fit in a tea garden.

Growing herbs is simple and low maintenance, and they can be used in so many ways. An herbal tea garden moves beyond rosemary, sage, and thyme to a whole host of sweet and flavorful—and deliciously decorative—plants that can be harvested for tea.

Bodum on a counter with red hibiscus tea in it and jars of dried hibiscus leaves to the side

There is a huge list of herbs and flowers that make a wonderful tea. Some have healing benefits, and some are just plain yummy. As a seasoned herbal tea drinker, I have a number of perennial favourites (or annual favourites, as the case may be) that I grow year after year in my home garden.

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mug with fresh herbs for making tea

The Best Herbs for Tea

These are some of my favourite tea herbs that are easily grown in the home garden and the reasons why I grow them. Why not include some herbal tea when planning what you will grow this year?

Bee Balm (Monarda)

Zones 4-9

Brew the leaves into an aromatic, medicinal tea that tastes similar to mint but milder. It is purported to combat colds and flu, and the tea is soothing on a sore throat.

Close up of a pink Bee balm Monarda plant


Zones 9-11 (but can be grown as an annual in colder zones)

Calendula’s natural anti-inflammatory properties make it wonderful for curing a sore throat and help heal urinary tract infections. Read more about the benefits of Calendula here.

How to Grow and Use Calendula

Catnip (Nepeta cataria)

Zones 3-9

Catnip leaves and flowers can be brewed into a tea that is purported to help promote relaxation and reduce anxiety. Catnip tea tastes similar to mint but earthier and with slight citrusy notes.

various dried herbs and flowers for making tea

Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)

Zones 3-9

Chamomile is a good go-to tea just before bedtime because it is purported to promote sleep and treat insomnia (read more on that here). It may also reduce anxiety and soothe an upset tummy.

Chamomile in Garden
Chamomile flower

Dandelion (Taraxacum)

Zones 3-9

Dandelions aren’t just annoying weeds, they are actually a nutrient-packed superfood! They are rich in potassium as well as Vitamins A, C, and K, and dandelion tea is often used to help treat digestive problems.


Zones 3-9

Echinacea tea can help to boost your immunity and fight off colds and flu. Echinacea tea has a strong floral taste which many people like to pair with a sweetener like honey or stevia.

echinacea blooming in the garden

Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)

Zones 6-10

Fennel tea is purported to aid in digestion and painful menstrual cramps. The tea has a delicious, slightly bitter licorice taste.


Zones 5-11

Be sure to choose an edible variety of hibiscus for making tea, as some are bred just to be ornamental. Hibiscus tea tastes fruity and tart. Hibiscus is rich in Vitamin C, aids digestion, and may help to lower blood pressure.

hibiscus tea

Holy Basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum)

Zones 7-10

Holy basil is full of vitamins and also contains zinc, magnesium, calcium, and iron. It is said to boost immunity, reduce stress, and promote overall health.

Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)

Zones 4-9

Lemon balm has a citrusy, slightly minty taste that makes for a delicious tea. It is also thought to have stress-reducing properties, so sip this when you need to calm your mind.

Lemon Balm
Lemon balm

Mint (Mentha)

Zones 3-11

This herb is one of the most popular for tea, and it’s no wonder why. The comforting flavour of mint tea is perfect for a hot drink on a cold day. It can help soothe a sore throat and is thought to improve sleep. There are a ton of different mint varieties out there, so you can brew all kinds of tasty teas like chocolate mint, pineapple mint, and lots more!

Close-up image of mint plant with variegated green and yellow leaves

Pineapple Sage (Salvia elegans)

Zones 8-11 (but can be grown as an annual in colder zones)

Pineapple sage makes a lovely tea because it has the sweet taste of pineapple combined with the earthy flavour of sage. It also contains antioxidants, so this is a sweet treat you can feel good about putting into your body.

Rose (Rosa)

Zones 3-9

You can use rose petals and rosehips to make tea. Rose petal tea is full of Vitamin C to boost immunity and can help ease the pain of menstrual cramps. Plus it has a lovely floral flavour. Rosehip tea has a tart, fruity flavour and is packed full of nutrients such as Vitamin C, calcium, and zinc.

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)

Zones 6-9

Rosemary has a ton of health benefits, including helping to boost memory and mood and decrease inflammation. You can read more about rosemary’s numerous medicinal properties here. Rosemary tea is quite strong tasting on its own and is delicious blended with other herbs such as thyme or mint.

Overwinter rosemary in the garden or indoors


Stevia leaves contain Vitamins C and A as well as iron, potassium, zinc, and calcium. Since the leaves are so sweet, I like to add them to other teas instead of using honey or other sweeteners. Read more on how to use stevia here.

Stevia sprigs next to scissors and freshly snipped individual leaves

More Tea Tips

Small space? No problem! Plant your tea herbs in a strawberry pot or turn this mosquito repelling planter into a tea garden with some of the herbs listed in the previous articles.

No garden space outside? Grow inside! You can create this vertical herb garden and harvest tea all year round.

Read this post on how to harvest and prep herbs for the perfect cup of tea every time.

teapot next to fresh herbs for brewing

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  1. Are all of these herbal teas also safe during pregnancy? Or do you have any that you specifically recommend for pregnancy and morning sickness?

    I’m super excited to start my herbal tea garden!! Also, do you have to put a grow light on your indoor herbs?

    • Congratulations! What lovely news. There are different herbs that are beneficial or to avoid during different parts of pregnancy. I would suggest getting a personalized plan from your healthcare provider or herbalist.


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