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Re: growing herbs for teas

Post: # 227792Post Thomzo
Sun Apr 03, 2011 7:56 pm

becks77 wrote:Never tried netle tea whats it taste like? :)
Funny how people have different tastes. Personally, I think it tastes like the water that you have just boiled peas in. But then I do have a very poor sense of taste. I don't find it unpleasant. I only use the top leaves and don't make it very strong. I wonder if the soil you grow the nettles on makes a difference?

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Post: # 228091Post wildbee
Thu Apr 07, 2011 10:02 pm

Last year I was sold some catnip seeds that grew into lemony smelling plants that had no effect on my cat. I tried it as a tea and it was really nice so now I grow both kinds :)

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Post: # 228093Post godfreyrob
Fri Apr 08, 2011 6:35 am

I've always found Comfrey tea to be a great way of clearing a lingering chesty cough-not a strong taste and nice with a bit of honey.

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Post: # 228098Post jim
Fri Apr 08, 2011 7:16 am

I know you can't grow them here but a little nutmeg or cinnamon gives an extra dimension to any herbal tea. (Be very careful with the nutmeg!)

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Post: # 228100Post becks77
Fri Apr 08, 2011 7:33 am

. (Be very careful with the nutmeg!)

Why careful with nutmeg Jim, I throw it vigorously in all my fruit cakes!
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Fri Apr 08, 2011 7:38 am

OK just googled it

"EffectsIn low doses, nutmeg produces no noticeable physiological or neurological response, but large doses cause symptoms and harm.

Nutmeg contains myristicin, a weak monoamine oxidase inhibitor. Myristicin poisoning can induce convulsions, palpitations, nausea, eventual dehydration, and generalized body pain.[11] It is also reputed to be a strong deliriant.[12]

Fatal myristicin poisonings in humans are very rare, but two have been reported, in an 8-year-old child[13] and a 55-year-old adult, the latter case attributed to a combination with flunitrazepam.[14]

It should also be noted that the recreational properties of nutmeg can take about four hours to take effect, and large enough doses have been reported to cause severe tiredness, uncontrollable and prolonged sleep coupled with dehydration. The effects have been known to last longer than 72 hours, depending on the size of the dose.[citation needed]

Myristicin poisoning is potentially deadly to some pets and livestock, and may be caused by culinary quantities of nutmeg harmless to humans. For this reason, for example, it is recommended not to feed eggnog to dogs."

Note to self no egg nog for the dog!!!!!
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Post: # 228109Post jim
Fri Apr 08, 2011 9:06 am

Dear Becks,

Told you to be VERY careful with the nutmeg! However, like I said, a little nutmeg or cinnamon enhances herbal teas. (If you overdo the nutmeg just make sure no one mentions technicolor rhinoceroses in your hearing.)

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Fri Apr 08, 2011 9:15 am

All that money we wasted in the seventies,when the answer was in the spice rack all the time...............Could have bin a millionaire by now.......

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Fri Apr 08, 2011 9:21 am

He he he :lol:
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Post: # 231500Post cocobelle
Tue May 10, 2011 8:54 pm

I'm a big fan of camomile and peppermint. Tried a rose tea recently -lovely. Not so into the fruit teas.
I really like spearmint and eucalyptus. Ps i'm shocked by the behaviour of nutmeg
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Post: # 232199Post Keaniebean
Tue May 17, 2011 1:11 pm

According to James Wong (swoon) Green Tea will grow quite happily in this country. I haven't tried it myself, growing it that is but it might be worth a go if you can come by a plant. :iconbiggrin:
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Post: # 232218Post grahamhobbs
Tue May 17, 2011 2:43 pm

My Oh loves caraway tea (made with seeds) but so far I can't get any to germinate.

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Post: # 232220Post Lilyfae
Tue May 17, 2011 2:58 pm

I've got a lovely old American book from a charity shop which discusses how the Americans made tea from the available plants around them during the rebellions and war of independence when they refused to buy China tea from the British - has some great recipes must dig it out

Personally my three musts are ladys mantle, raspberry leaf & fennel. All of which grow in profusion once you've got the plant established.

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Post: # 232224Post Keaniebean
Tue May 17, 2011 3:17 pm

Oo I've got a Lady's mantle that has appeared from nowhere that is doing rather well. I shall give that one a go. :thumbright:
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