Here at Fresh we bang on about growing your own vegetables, but even more satisfying is growing your own herb garden and plucking from it to make  your own natural medicines. Check out these superb herbal teas – all of which you can concoct yourself!

It’s nearly time to start raiding the herb garden to help combat the winter colds and bugs. Try some of these super-easy herbal teas:
Borage tea is great for reducing fever and is great as a remedy for colds, flu and lung infections. The leaves and flowers are also rich in potassium and calcium so are good blood purifiers. To make borage tea, simply take a small handful of borage leaves and steep in a cup of boiling water for 5 minutes.
Thyme tea is useful as a gargle for sore throats and infected gums as it has strong antiseptic qualities.
Lemon verbena tea can help to soothe bronchial and nasal congestion. Steep the leaves in just-boiled water for a few minutes.
Marjoram tea can help to ease a cold and settle the nerves.
Rosemary tea has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties which is great for curing bad breath! Steep 2 teaspoons of chopped leaves with boiling water and stand for 5 minutes. Rosemary oil is great as an insect repellent and helps to relieve headaches if applied to the temples.
Sage tea combined with a little cider vinegar makes a great gargle that’s excellent for sore throats, laryngitis and tonsilitis. This gargle is also great for infected gums and ulcers.

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