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I've dried some Eucalyptus leaves earlier and didn't realize that their fragrance is so charming. Have you ever tried Eucalyptus tea?
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I didn't know there was such a tea! I do know what you mean about the charming fragrance though. I made some crafts with eucalyptus and I used a glue gun. When those dried leaves heat up, the fragrance pours out into the air!
 

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Have you ever tried Eucalyptus tea?
No!

I have the strangest relationship with eucalyptus. When I was a kid and riding the school bus home, one stop was beside several eucalyptus trees. Well, I was beside myself sliding those bus windows up!!!

Roll ahead 30-40 years ... I am attracted to the fragrance of the Epsom salts bag on the pharmacy shelf. Eucalyptus!?! Decided to try it — i ♥ that herb in a bathtub of hot water & Epsom salts 🌿! When I buy "pain relief" oil, I make sure eucalyptus is an ingredient :).

Tea? I don't think so ...
 

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I may venture into a tea and spice shop several miles away. The purpose would be to buy tea bags so that I might better be able to "quantify" the herbal tea blend that I have enjoyed most every day outside of the growing season. My small scale won't measure accurately but, I think that it would be possible to discuss proportions and relative to a teabag and a 10 ounce mug of water. I am a believer in less-than-5 ingredient recipes and don't want anything to get out of hand but measuring things by the pinch for digitS' is silly.

That is what it comes down to with my little tea kettle, apparently a 3 cup one. I  overfill it so as to have 3 mugs through the day :). @Pulsegleaner , I won't risk ordering a safer kettle of adequate size from ea nāsir. I also read that the customer was not pleased with how his servant was treated by the merchant. No Sale! (First example of a NanniGate scandal also :D?).

Pinches of herbs ... If I was measuring for a cup, it might be 1/4 teaspoon for the mint, 2 of those for the other 3 ingredients — silly!

Steve
 

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Measuring the 4 ingredients turned out to be insightful.

First of all, I don't know if the licorice root can be included. Using a heavy pair of kitchen scissors can deal with the roots but it's too time-consuming! And, I don't know if it is wise to subject my coffee grinder to the task. There is a meat grinder on a basement shelf ... but.

Anyway. The orange zest granules run a little more than I expected. If I do grind or snip up the licorice, it is about the same story. And, the mint should have a happy place in the lineup. The other thing is that the stevia weighs heavily as to my preference :).

So, it was 1:1:1:2 for mint, zest, licorice, and stevia -- by volume. Filled a jar and with hot water and a good amount of brewing time, my tastes are accounted for :).

Steve
 

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A small bag of organic Mandarin oranges were purchased and the peelings were dried. I tried them with the mix this morning. Pleased that they are still tasty this late and still better than the purchased "zest."

It will be wonderful to go back to the lemon verbena with the growing season just around the corner but I have things covered with purchased ingredients.

The 2 verbena plants show no sign of any growth. I hope they are okay. Anise Hyssop will be started about the time basil seed goes in the soil mix. Despite this "perennial" plants being native to much of North America, this plant is best to start from seed each year as insurance, IMO.

Happily, those 2 herbs in the garden will replace the citrus and licorice. Whether I feel any value in having the stevia with them is yet to be seen (tasted ;)). I grew stevia only once and was disappointed in its performance. A native of tropical South America, maybe it would be okay in the summer greenhouse but I am not sure that I want to commit that space. Since I found a source for the whole herb online, I will probably continue with that.

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I tried the coffee grinder for the licorice roots.

No go. I looked at the meat grinder on the basement shelf. I can't see that it would be any more successful. the roots are sliced thin but I'd like to put them with the other ingredients but I don't see that as possible.

I did cut up some more with the kitchen scissors. Really tuff work – don't intend to continue! It's fine to just have 1, 2 or 3 slices to pull out of a bag and drop in with the spooned in dry herbs on top. BTW, my hands smell great!

🥳 Steve
 

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My two overwintered stevia plants - as they belong to the family Asteraceae, I guess they will send basal shoots like other relatives. Under both plants I can see some tiny new growth, and I will repot them tomorrow for checking more details.
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