The 61 Best Plants to Grow to Make Your Own Delicious Tea

Herbal tea from medicinal herb Agastache foeniculum, also called  giant hyssop or Indian mint
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Written by Nina Phillips

Published: October 28, 2023

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Thinking about making a garden full of useful plants? These are the 61 best plants to grow in your garden if you love tea. All of them make delicious drinks full of health benefits. Many of them may even have multiple purposes so you get the most use out of your garden.

1. Tea Plant

Fresh Camellia sinensis (tea) leaves after rain

This is what your tea looks like before it’s harvested and dried.

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The tea plant (Camellia sinensis) is so called because it’s used to make a majority of the teas you know including green, white, yellow, oolong, and black tea.

2. Fennel

Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)

Fennel plants make for tea to help your gut.


Two types of fennel work well in tea, common fennel, and bronze fennel. They are antimicrobial and antiviral.

3. Fenugreek

Fenugreek growing in a field

Fenugreek grows in fields and gardens easily.

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This plant is often associated with certain cuisines, but fenugreek has a beautiful balance of bitter and sweet that makes it a delectable tea.

4. Cilantro

Seedlings of cilantro on the windowsill in a container. Young plants in the sun.

Cilantro works in a garden or a pot in your home.

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When growing cilantro, you get both a delicious food topping and a tea that can help with blood sugar and cholesterol levels.

5. Chicory


Chicory has gorgeous blue flowers perfect for any garden.


If you’re trying to move away from coffee, chicory has a similar flavor profile and many health benefits. Plus, you can easily grow it in your garden, unlike coffee.

6. Dandelion

Dandelions are an edible plant that is perfect for your bearded dragon's home.

These plants may be considered weeds, but they can be used as food or tea.

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Dandelions are a plant you don’t even have to try to grow. They pop up in most yards naturally. Instead of fighting to eliminate this plant from your yard, consider using it to make a drink or a salad.

7. Echinacea

White echinacea

Echinacea is a flower you’ll find often in teas for colds and sore throats.


If you’ve got a cold or sore throat, don’t look any further than echinacea. But don’t go buy a bag of this tea, just make your own with plants from your garden.

8. Valerian

A selective focus of red valerian (Centranthus ruber) flowers in a garden

The flowers of this plant look gorgeous in any garden.

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The roots of the valerian plant make a delicious and nutritious tea. Don’t drink this tea if you’re pregnant or breast-feeding, or if you have liver disease.

9. Angelica

Nature background with angelica flower at sunset. Big umbrella flower in golden light. Angelica flower macro.

The roots of an angelica plant can help boost memory and even possibly help you quit smoking.


If you like slightly bitter teas, you may want to try angelica root tea. It’s a blend of sweet and bitter, making for a rather pleasant drink.

10. Licorice


No, this isn’t the candy, but a plant that grows in many environments.

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Licorice plants have many benefits, for those with digestion problems, menopause, or an infection. It can be taken as a lozenge or drank as a tea.

11. Ginger

Fresh ginger in autumn harvest

This spicy root is popular in Asian food and also makes an excellent tea.


Ginger can grow just about anywhere. Even in the rare few areas it doesn’t grow best outside, it makes an excellent indoor plant.

12. Blueberry


Blueberries are valued for their medicinal properties.


To make tea out of blueberries, you can dry the berries, and use the leaves (dried or fresh) or both. Drink them with a bit of sweetener or mix them into your favorite black tea for a boost of flavor and health benefits.

13. Peach

Ripe peaches in basket on wooden background

Peaches are delicious in pies, oatmeal, teas, and by themselves.

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Peach tea works well when blended with black tea, but also makes for a delicious and delicate caffeine-free iced tea by itself.

14. Apricot

Apricot Tree

Apricots are similar in flavor to peaches, without the fuzzy skin.


If you want a bright, cool drink for the summer, blend apricots with a splash of lemon and sugar. It also works paired well with other flavors like peach or mango.

15. Mango

Atkins mangos on a supermarket display.

As a tropical fruit, you may not have realized that you can grow mangoes of your own.


Mango tea can be thick, where you just blend and strain the fruit with some sugar and lemon juice. Or, you can dry the fruit and make your black tea a little more tropical.

16. Lemon

Glass of fresh lemon juice on white background

Lemon in tea has more health benefits than lemon in water.

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A squeeze of lemon adds a bit of brightness to every cup of tea. While a drink consisting fully of lemon might be a little tart, a squeeze of lemon or some rind in any glass gives you extra health benefits and a burst of flavor.

17. Rose

Beautiful bouquet with pink carnations and roses close-up on a blue background.

Roses are pretty, make for beautiful decorations, and add a floral punch to most tea pairings.

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You may think roses are just good to add a little color to your home, but they have a lot of health benefits. Use either rose petals or rose hips in your tea to boost your immune system.

18. Strawberry

Ripe organic strawberry bush in the garden close up. Growing a crop of natural strawberries

Strawberries might not actually be berries, but they are delicious.


If you like fruity flavors in your tea, a couple of pieces of dried strawberry can make all the difference. The fruity and sweet taste can bring flavors to most teas.

19. Myrtle

Pride of India. Also known as Giant Crape Myrtle, Queen Crape Myrtle, Banabá Plant, Lagerstroemia speciosa

Myrtle is a gorgeous plant to put in any yard.

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If you want to make a bright tea, a bit of lemon myrtle mixed with strawberries and lemongrass is sure to impress. While other myrtles can be used, lemon myrtle is the most common.

20. Blackberry

Blackberries are the perfect summer fruit.


There are many health benefits to drinking blackberry tea, including improving skin health and reducing the chances of chronic disease.

21. Chamomile

daisy vs chamomile

Chamomile is a popular and mild flavor.

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There are many different chamomile teas that you can buy, but why not make your own with the chamomile flowers?

22. Honeysuckle

Close up Honeysuckle with two-lipped, tubular scarlet-orange flowers. Lonicera sempervirens flowers, common names coral honeysuckle, trumpet honeysuckle, or scarlet honeysuckle, in bloom.

For a tea as sweet as its name, give honeysuckle a try.


There aren’t many plants out there as colorful and eye-catching as a honeysuckle. Pair that with their ability to make flavorful tea, and you have a clear winner for your next garden plant.

23. Jasmine

Madagascar Jasmine (Stephanotis floribunda) in greenhouse, Moscow region, Russia

Jasmine smells amazing and creates a healthy and flavorful tea.

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When it comes to using jasmine as one of the best plants to grow for tea, two species are commonly used, the sampaguita and the common jasmine.

24. Lavender

Dried lavender adds a floral and minty taste to your favorite tea blends.

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Lavender is a great plant to throw in your tea when your stomach doesn’t want to work with you. It also adds a pleasant floral smell to a cup of tea.

25. Saffron

Separation of saffron threads from the rest of the flower

Saffron is expensive, so why not grow your own?


The stigmas from the saffron plant can be added to food for flavor, or thrown into tea for a boost to your memory.

26. Violet

Flower and nature

Though called violets, these flowers come in many shades of pink and purple.

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Violets make for a delicious tea or lemonade that’s fresh and floral. Just dry out the leaves and crumble them into your drink.

27. Almond

Almonds in Wooden bowl on old wooden table

Almonds are a healthy and beneficial nut.

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When chopped up and thrown into tea, almonds add a nutty, sweet taste. You can add them to a black tea for a boost of flavor, or make a light tea with just the almonds.

28. Cardamom

Green cardamom pods

Green cardamom pods are one of the spices used to make chai.


If you want, cardamom is part of the spices needed to make chai, but they can be broken up and used by themselves in tea as well for a less spicy drink.

29. Feverfew

Tanacetum parthenium or feverfew growing in a garden outdoors.

Feverfew looks a lot like daisies or chamomile.

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If you have constant headaches, feverfew tea is nice to keep around. Take a few dried flowers and add them to hot water for quick relief.

30. Hyssop

Anise hyssop or Agastache foeniculum

Hyssop looks a lot like lavender and tastes fairly similar too.


There are a few different forms of hyssop that you can use to make a delicious tea that will stop a cough.

31. Anise

Anise hyssop flowers

The anise hyssop is a plant in the mint family and one of the major attractions for pollinators.


Anise is another plant that looks, tastes and smells similar to lavender. It improves the immune system and your skin.

32. Lemon Balm

Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) in garden

Lemon balm makes any garden look like a cute cottage garden in the forest.


As the name suggests, lemon balm is part of the mint family with a lemony brightness.

33. Manuka

Australian native pink Manuka tea tree flowers of Leptospermum scoparium

These pretty flowers are found in Australia naturally but can be grown elsewhere with enough care.

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Manuka is a flower often used to make delicious honey. Its flavor also works wonderfully in tea.

34. Bergamot

Wild Bergamot field

Wild bergamot usually grows up to 3 feet tall.

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If you want to start a bee garden, have a plant that smells nice, and a tasty tea, you need bergamot. It’s a plant often used in candles, perfumes, and incense sticks.

35. Nasturtium

Nasturtiums are perfect plants for your bearded dragon's tank

All parts of the nasturtium except the roots are edible.

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Nasturtiums can be drank as tea but it does have a somewhat unique flavor.

36. Clover

A field of blooming crimson clover.

A field of blooming crimson clover makes for quite a sight.

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Clover makes great ground cover in place of grass, and you can turn it into tea!

37. Dahlia

Dahlia Dahlstar Sunset Pink (Dahlia pinnata) deep pink flowers

These flowers come in all sorts of color combinations, making them one of the best plants to grow that fits your garden and makes unique tea.


Dahlias are gorgeous flowers that will make anyone jealous and you can toss the drying flowers into tea when the season’s over.

38. Catnip

Catnip flowers (Nepeta cataria) blossoming in a garden on sunny summer day. Beauty in nature.

While catnip can make your cat go crazy, it’s also a cute plant to have around.


Catnip is a useful plant to have around for your cat and to boost your health with a bit of it in your cup of tea.

39. Dianthus

Dianthus are breathtaking flowers.

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If you want a hardy flower for tea that can handle your not-so-green thumb, you need a dianthus.

40. Pine

Bald Eagle Nest in Pine Tree

Depending on where you live, you likely already have this tree near your home.

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Pine needles can be steeped in hot water to make a unique tea with many health benefits.

41. Juniper

Blue Star Juniper Plant also known as Himalayan juniper. Needled evergreen shrub with silvery-blue, densely-packed foliage in the garden.

Juniper is another plant naturally found in many areas.


The berries of the juniper plant can be used to make gin or tea. It tastes somewhat similar to pine.

42. Passion Flower

Passion Vine

These beautiful flowers contain many health benefits when drank as a tea and it’s beautiful, making it one of the best plants to grow in your garden.


Passion flowers are said to help you go to sleep if you drink them in tea before bed.

43. Basil

Composition of fresh basil and kitchen utensils, spices, on the kitchen table.

Basil is easy to grow and care for.


The most popular basil for tea is holy basil, but you can try any kind and see if you like the flavor.

44. Lemon Verbena

Lemon verbena flowers

Lemon verbena flowers are subtle and won’t steal the show from your other plants.


When looking at the best plant to grow for tea, lemon verbena is a choice for those who like bright, citrus notes.

45. Nettle

Nettle (urtica dioica) with fluffy green leaves and flowers. Medicinal plants in natural. Fresh nettle leaves. Raw materials for homeopathic remedies.

Nettles may be painful, but they are full of nutrients.


You may not think that nettles are one of the best plants to grow in your garden, but the tea is quite delicious and nutritious.

46. Sunflower

Sunflower cultivation at sunrise in the mountains of Alicante, Spain.

Sunflowers produce sunflower seeds and big petals perfect for brewing tea.


If you want bright, large flowers in your garden, sunflowers are one of the best plants to grow in your yard. You get delicious sunflower seeds and tea.

47. Milk Thistle

Hill's Thistle Flowers

Thistles are annoying but great to grow in a natural garden due to their numerous benefits.


Milk thistles are said to be useful for some major health problems like hepatitis and cirrhosis.

48. Mint

Mint growing in a plant pot. Fresh green mint (mentha spicata) in a herb garden, UK

There are many different colors and types of mint out there.

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There are hundreds of different species and variations of mint in the world. Almost all of them make delicious tea with subtle flavor differences.

49. Mountain Pepper

Tasmannia lanceolata or Mountain Pepper lined up translucent from warm sun light in forest

Mountain pepper is an evergreen shrub that will keep your garden looking green all year long.

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The berries from the mountain pepper plant have been used for centuries as a tea.

50. Marjoram

Sweet marjoram: a species of Marjorams, also known as Knotted and Pot marjoram, its botanical name is Origanum majorana.

Sweet marjoram is a plant that is sweet and herbaceous in tea.


Technically related to oregano, marjoram is the best plant you never thought about making tea with.

51. Olive Tree

Olea europaea olive tree green immature fruits close up

Olive trees are not hardy and will need to be moved inside during winter and brought back out after the last freeze date if you live somewhere cold.


If you like olives and trying new flavors of tea, an olive tree provides you the best of both worlds. Don’t worry, the drink won’t taste like olives.

52. Raspberry

wild raspberry bramble

Raspberries are great for container gardens.

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For women, raspberry tea is the best kind to drink as it alleviates a lot of menstrual problems.

53. Cornflower

Bachelor's Button

Cornflowers are gorgeous indigo flowers that make any garden pop.


If you want to live more of the cottage-core life, cornflowers are a must. You can make tea, dye clothes, bake, and use them for self-care products.

54. New Jersey Tea

New Jersey Tea

The New Jersey tea’s flowers attract bees and other insects that pollinate them to produce seeds that will grow into new plants.

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If you want a love-it-and-leave-it plant that you just need to pluck a few leaves off of every once in a while to make tea, you need the New Jersey tea plant in your garden.

55. Sage

Leucophyllum frutescens shrub, texas sage, close up on silver gray leaves of Texas sage in a garden

Sage is a soft green-gray plant.

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If you enjoy more natural methods for cleaning your home, eat a lot of chicken, or want a smoky and earthy tea to drink, you want some species of sage (or several) in your garden.

56. Calendula

Calendula flower on green nature summer background, selective focus. Calendula medicinal plant. Calendula officinalis.

Calendulas have bright orange flowers that stand out against rich greenery.


Looking for a unique cup of tea? Calendula adds a sweet, spicy, and slightly bitter flavor to every cup.

57. Stevia

Stevia collection. Hand plucks stevia in the rays of the bright sun. Stevia rebaudiana on blurred green garden background.Organic natural sweetener.Alternative Low Calorie Sweetener

The plant above is a naturally sweet plant known as stevia.


Stevia can be used to sweeten any cup of tea if you’re looking for more natural options than sugar. It also adds a hint of a licorice flavor.

58. Rosemary

cutting rosemary

Rosemary has a beautiful smell and works in many savory dishes.

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Have you ever had savory tea? Rosemary tea might be something you’ve never thought to give a try before.

59. Scented Geranium

White and purple blooming geraniums.Geranium Grandiflorum, Regal Geranium "Elegance Jeanette"

If you want to move away from standard roses, geraniums are a good replacement.

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Geraniums are beautiful flowers that are very floral and rose-like when used in tea.

60. Sweet Tea Vine

jiaogulan plant closeup

Jiaogulan, or sweet tea vine, has been used in China as a tonic tea for centuries.

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This plant has a lot of different names, including jiaogulan, sweet tea vine, and southern ginseng. It’s not the tastiest tea, but it has a lot of health benefits.

61. Thyme

Thymus serpyllum elfin thyme

You know thyme as an herb, but did you know it also has beautiful little flowers?

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Drinking thyme tea is said to be a restorative drink that makes you feel better, even during colds and the flu.

Summary of the Best Plants to Grow to Make Your Own Tea

List OrderPlant NameScientific NameFlavor ProfileHealth Benefits
1Tea PlantCamellia sinensisFloral, grassy, sweet, nutty, slightly bitterBoost immune system, fight off inflammation
2FennelStrong strawberry flavor, sweet, slightly floralSweet, herbal, a little like licoriceImproves digestion, reduces cramps, aids in weight loss, improves sleep
3FenugreekTrigonella foenum-graecumBitter, sweet, hint of mapleReduces blood pressure, lowers inflammation, stabilizes blood sugar
4CilantroCoriandrum sativumEarthy, light, and floral, with little sweetnessLowers blood pressure, lowers cholesterol, stabilizes blood sugar
5ChicoryCichorium intybusEarthy, similar to coffeeReduced stress, improved gut health, reduced inflammation
6DandelionTaraxacumSlightly nutty, bitter notesReduces water weight, improves liver health, improves digestion
7EchinaceaEchinacea purpureaVery floral, fresh and sweetReduces length of colds and flu, improves sore throat, coughs, and fevers
8ValerianValeriana officinalisVery herbaceous and earthyImproves sleep, reduces anxiety
9AngelicaAngelica archangelicaSweet, lightly bitterReduces heartburn, alleviates gas, improves appetite
10LicoriceGlycyrrhiza glabraSweet, similar to fennel or anise but strongerCalms the mind, improves the nervous system, reduces colds and coughs
11GingerZingiber officinaleSpicy and stimulatingReduces motion sickness and morning sickness, improves blood pressure
12BlueberryVacciniumLight, sweet, tartImproves vision, bone density, digestion, and kidney health
13PeachPrunus persicaSweet, tangy, ripe peach flavorImproves the immune system, cardiac health, and weight loss
14ApricotPrunus armeniacaFruity, floralImproves weight loss, boosts metabolism, lowers blood pressure
15MangoMangifera indicaTropical, with notes of citrusImproves vision, strengthens immune system
16LemonCitrus limonFresh, tangy, strong citrus flavorImproves cholesterol, skin, and heart health
17RoseRosaVery floral, slightly astringentReduces menstrual cramps, bloating, and aches
18StrawberryFragariaStrong strawberry flavor, sweet, slighly floralImproves brain function, reduces high blood pressure and arthritis
19MyrtleMyrtusStrong citrus flavor, bright, greenReduces blood sugar levels, prevents urinary and bladder infections
20BlackberryRubus fruticosusSweet and sour, slightly floralImproves sore throat, gums, and mouth, and helps with inflammation of the gut
21ChamomileMatricaria chamomillaHints of apple and floral notes, sweet like honeyImproves sleep, reduces gut inflammation and fevers
22HoneysuckleLonicera periclymenumSmooth and sweet, with a hint of bitternessImproves bowel movements, detoxifies the body
23JasmineJasminumDelicate, fragrant, and floralRelaxing, boosts immune system, aids in digestion
24LavenderLavandulaFloral with hints of rosemary and mintImproves sleep and menstrual pain, balances the immune system
25SaffronCrocus sativusSweet and floral with an earthy hintImproves memory function, antibacterial and antiviral
26VioletViolaTart with hints of fruit and sweetnessHelps with dry or sore throats, coughs, and stuffy noses
27AlmondPrunus dulcisMarzipan-like taste, creamy and sweetReduces bad cholesterol and chances of heart disease, reduces hunger
28CardamomElettaria cardamomumSmoky and mintyDiuretic properties, anti-inflammatory, improves IBS
29FeverfewTanacetum partheniumHerbaceous with hints of sharp citrusHelps reduce fevers, migraines, headaches, and arthritis
30HyssopHyssopus officinalisMinty with a slightly bitter aftertasteImproves digestion, liver, and gallbladder, reduces intestinal pain
31AnisePimpinella anisumMild licorice flavor, smooth and sweetImproves symptoms of cold and flu, and clears up acne
32Lemon BalmMelissa officinalisRefreshing, minty, with hints of citrusReduces stress and anxiety, improves sleep and appetite
33ManukaLeptospermum scopariumWoody, slightly spicyAntibacterial, anti-fungal, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory
34BergamotCitrus bergamiaHints of citrus, very floral, and hints of grapefruitImproves digestion, cholesterol, and blood pressure
35NasturtiumTropaeolumPeppery, pungent, and smoothImproves symptoms of cold and flu, ad clears up acne
36CloverTrifoliumEarthy and sweetDiuretic properties, helps reduce mucus in the lungs and throat
37DahliaDahliaFloral, subtle, and sweetPrevents constipation, improves weight loss and muscle gain
38CatnipNepeta catariaImproves clot factors, acts as a mild sedativeReduces muscle spasms and improves digestion
39DianthusDianthusSweet and floral with a hint of clovesReduces fevers and stomach pain, clears up mucus
40PinePinusHerbaceous with hints of mintGreat for colds and flu
41JuniperJuniperusEarthy, similar to pineImproves digestion, gas, heartburn, bloating, and gastrointestinal infections
42Passion FlowerPassifloraRich, floral, sweet, and deepImproves sleep, reduces anxiety, improves menopause symptoms
43.BasilOcimumSweet, savory, minty, peppery, and licorice-likeImproves skin, joints, intestines, and lungs
44Lemon VerbenaAloysia citrodoraRefreshing, lemony, and smoothReduces weight, stress, and insomnia
45NettleUrticaSmooth, mellow, and grassyHelps to treat gout, muscle aches, and arthritis
46SunflowerHelianthusHints of jasmine, floral, light and delicateDiuretic, astringent, and expectorant properties.
47Milk ThistleSilybum marianumMild and sweetSupports liver, bone, and skin health
48MintMenthaRefreshing, sweet, and coolAids in digestion, freshens breath, improves energy
49Mountain PepperTasmannia lanceolataLemony, grassy, and slightly bitterHelps to improve cardiovascular and autoimmune diseases, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes.
50MarjoramOriganum majoranaSweet, hints of spice, herbaceousImproves runny noses, colds, ear pain, and sore throats
51Olive TreeOlea europaeaSlightly tangy and herbaceousLowers blood pressure, increases blood flow, reduces blood sugar
52RaspberryRubus idaeusFruity, full body, slightly earthyImproves digestion, menstrual cramps, water retention, and morning sickness
53CornflowerCentaurea cyanusMild and sweetImproves fever, constipation, congestion, and water retention
54New Jersey TeaCeanothus americanusMinty and greenImproves clot factors, acts as mild sedative
55SageSalviaEarthy, smoky, sweetImproves menopause, reduces inflammation, improves brain function
56CalendulaCalendula offficinalisSweet, bitter, slightly spicyFights against heart disease and eases muscle fatigue
57SteviaStevia rebaudianaSweet, bitter, hints of licoriceReduces stress on the heart, lowers blood pressure, and filters excess sodium in the body
58RosemarySalvia rosmarinusWoodsy, sharp, pepperyImproves digestion and brain function, anti-inflammatory
59Scented GeraniumPelargonium graveolensVery floral, similar to roseReduces asthma, arthritis, and inflammation
60Sweet Tea VineGynostemma pentaphyllumSweet and earthy, similar to green tea or nettlesReduces stress, improves sleep and heart health
61ThymeThymus vulgarisSpicy, distinct, and earthyReduces inflammation, improves digestion, assists in weight loss

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