Three Easy Autumn Herbs to Grow for Tea

There is nothing like the aromatic scent of tea infused from fresh herbs. Not only is herbal tea delicious, easy to brew and good for our health, autumn herbs to grow for tea are some of the hardiest plants to be found in the garden.

Three (3) Easy Autumn Herbs to Grow for Tea


Mint is a perennial (meaning it will last more than two years) ground cover herb. It can be deciduous depending on were you live.

As mint can become an invasive plant in the garden, it’s best to pot into a container and position in a shady location, protected from winter frosts. Keep the soil moist, but well drained for lush foliage. If left to dry out, the plant will become ‘leggy’ and more susceptible to plant health issues, such as rust. Fertilise with Searles SeaMax Fish & Kelp (an organic product) to minimise fungal infections.

How to make fresh herbal mint tea from the garden

To make Mint Tea: 

1. Pick quarter (¼) cup of fresh mint leaves

2. Chop roughly

3. Steep leaves in 500ml of boiling water for three (3) minutes

4. Discard leaves and serve

Mint tea is fantastic for setting minor stomachaches and nausea.


Lemon Grass

Lemon Grass is a perennial clumping grass that grows over a meter in height and is known to be a natural mosquito repelling plant. This plant is rich in Vitamins A and D, delicious in Asian cooking.

Lemon Grass grows well in pots or a well-drained position in the garden. It’s best to trim dead foliage in winter and divide large clumps in spring, replanting immediately into the garden or a pot.

To make Lemon Grass Tea:

1. Cut a 15cm length of the stem from the base, were it is thickest

2. Chop roughly

3. Steep leaves in 500ml of boiling water for ten (10) minutes

4. Discard leaves and serve



Dandelion is a perennial herb and whilst there are many dandelion varieties that are considered weeds, there is a selection that is edible and available through your local garden centre.

This herb likes a full sun position, tolerates wind, poor soil, frost and drought. Easy to see why the dandelion family has a reputation for being a weed, it’s hard to kill!

To make Dandelion Tea:

1. Dry the dandelion root over several weeks in a cool dry location

2. Roast the root in an oven, then allow to cool

3. Once cool, grind the root into a powder

4. Steep half a teaspoon of ground root into 250ml of boiling water for three (3) minutes

5. Strain and serve.

Unlike the other herbal teas mentioned, dandelion tea requires more finesse and obviously time to prepare. However don’t be deterred, dandelion tea is considered an excellent substitute for coffee and the young leaves can be harvested and used in salads. Well worth the effort.

Other herbs to grow for tea: 

* Peppermint

* Spearmint

* Lemon-scented myrtle

* Lemon verbena

What you will need to start your herbal tea garden:

* Pots, containers or an allocated spot in the yard

* Quality potting mix or composting product such as Searles 5IN1 Plant Food to enrich the soil

* Herb seedlings

* Liquid organic fertilizer

* Mulch, sugarcane or chip bark is best

* Garden gloves, hat, trowel and watering can

Have you tried brewing your own herbal tea before? Did you enjoy it? 



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