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Herbal Tea you can make from your garden herbs

Your garden as a Spa space – Herbal Tea you can make from your garden herbs Lemon flavours are especially refreshing and, in the garden, lemon comes from a number of plants. There is the easy-to-grow lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), a perennial which will self-sow through your sunny borders. The shrubby lemon verbena (Aloysia citrodora) is more tender and needs the protection of a sunny wall and well-drained soil. For pots on the patio in summer, and the conservatory or windowsill in winter, there’s lemon grass (Cymbopogon citratus) and the scented pelargonium ‘Mabel Grey’ with its pretty pink flowers and soft fragrant leaves.   Mint Minty flavours are also very refreshing but some mints produce rather a harsh taste. Look out for ‘Black Mitcham’ peppermint, unusually strongly scented, but subtle and with bronze-tinted leaves. There’s also the rust-resistant Moroccan mint (Mentha spicata var. crispa ‘Moroccan’) with its intense but refined, sweet and minty taste. Turkish delight-scented pelargonium ‘Attar of Roses’ is probably best mixed with other herbs while you can easily dry the flowers of chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) to provide the most fragrant home-grown tea in the winter months.   Time for a brew and how do you make it? At its most basic you pick the leaves, put them in a small teapot and add boiling water. Use about five fresh mint or lemon balm leaves or a sprig or two of herbs with smaller leaves. Lay them on kitchen paper and crush them gently to help release the flavour before putting them in the pot. Leave the tea to steep for about ten minutes – experience will reveal the balance of herb and water and time that suits your...
2 Healthy Recipes

2 Healthy Recipes

Recipe From Angela – Immune Booster Drink Ingredients ( makes approx. 400ml to store in fridge or share) 2 fresh Lemons (remove rind) – great for Vitamin C 1 big thumb of ginger (keep peel on) – great for digestion and more 2 tsp ground turmeric – our anti-inflammatory ingredient 2 grinds of black pepper – helps the body absorb turmeric 2 fresh oranges (remove rind) – more Vitamin C! 120ml cold water Directions Add all ingredients to a good juicer (if using blender you will need to strain after). Just leave out ingredients you don’t have to hand – it just what we need to do right now! If you need to add a natural  sweetener such as honey ( maple syrup if vegan) Store in the refrigerator and drink daily.     Recipe From Giselle – Spring Muffin Frittatas – healthier than cakes and great for protein brunch Ingredients (makes about 12) 6 large eggs 150g hard cheese such as cheddar or Gouda 1 tsp dried Thyme or other dried herbs Salt & pepper, garlic if you like Olive Oil 2 medium leeks, or onions work just as well if you don’t have leeks 1 or 2 other vegetables you have such as: grated carrot, chopped red peppers or cooked sweet potatoes Method Heat oven to 180 C/gas 4 Grease 12 hole muffin tin, or use cupcake cases if prefer Wash and finely cut leeks (or substitute) Warm the olive oil in a pan and gently saute your leeks and other vegetables until cooked Whisk together eggs and add grated cheese and season – all in a...