Sipping homegrown herbal tea is one of the great joys of gardening. A tantalizing variety of flavors from spicy to sweet grow easily almost anywhere and take just a few minutes of “active time” from plant to tea.
Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum, syn O. tenuiflorum)
Verdant pots of this intensely fragrant herb adorn temples throughout India. Indeed tulsi, also called holy or sacred basil, brings you to a place of transcendence. It’s traditionally used for a wide range of health-promoting properties including the ability to simultaneously calm and energize (think: meditation and yoga). Tulsi’s unique scent and flavor is reminiscent of mint, spice, and bubble gum. Green tea balances holy basil’s heady aromatics while complimenting its health benefits. Simply add a sprig of fresh tulsi or a teaspoon dried to your regular cup of green tea. It also blends well with mints, elderberry, rose petals, and nettle, becoming a predominant flavor. Grow from seed or seedling, and plant in full sun with rich, moist soil. (Opt for the “rama” variety if you have a choice.) Like culinary basil, tulsi is an annual that will grow in all zones but withers at the first touch of frost.
Lemon verbena (Aloysia triphylla) & Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citrates)
Lemon-flavored herbs lend sublime flavor to teas; however, they are notorious for losing their lemon-ness quickly once dry. Store-bought herbs will taste bland unless spiked with flavorings, but homegrown is sure to please. Add a sprig of lemon verbena (or a few freshly dried whole leaves) to a cup of green or black tea for a riff off Earl Grey. Lemongrass stalks will need about 30 minutes to infuse – use two to four per liter – and are particularly nice in iced seltzer. You can freeze stalks for later use. Dry, then snip, the grassy tops for tea. Add a teaspoon of dry lemon verbena or lemongrass to exotic tropical blends, perhaps with hibiscus flowers, rooibos, and a splash of fruit juice or coconut milk. Or blend with a teaspoon oat straw and a pinch of stevia leaf for Lemon Drop Tea. Both herbs are tender perennials that prefer good soil, regular moisture, and a sunny location. Grow them in pots to bring indoors for winter, or harvest them completely before the first frost, then start anew with seedlings in spring. The common, perennial lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) can be substituted but is less flavorful and a bit bitter.
Maria Noël Groves runs Wintergreen Botanicals in the pine forests of New Hampshire. For more recipes and information about herbs, visit www.wintergreenbotanicals.com.
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Two Types of Major College scholarships
Just before we get in composition, let me define what i’m saying by a ‘major’ scholarship. You can find two major types We are focusing on. The foremost is the kind that promises more than just bucks. These free college funding also include unique mentoring, enrichment experiences, management development, study opportunities, embraced experiences by using a cohort connected with fellow historians, and/or entrance to an is in program. Any some of these activities might be marketed in addition to a whole (or close full) journey to college. Could possibly be anywhere from some to 52 scholarships to go around for each inbound class in various colleges in the United States (the Stamps President’s Scholarship from Georgia Tech falls straight into this category).
The second type scholarship is one of expensive or perhaps most exclusive scholarship within a particular university. It’s not unconventional to find some or 20 of these scholarships or grants sitting there with the students considered ‘the good the best’ in the newly arriving class. Requirements for line is often very scholastically focused, but is not exclusively. Bonuses beyond financing for the cost of attendance usually are hit or miss, typically miss (though sometimes these come with admission to an recognizes program).