The next picture expresses the beauty of sage. Sage is also good for the respiratory tract, digestive problems and winter illnesses in general. It can be used in teas or as a culinary herb
I think my favorite herb to mix with spearmint or applemint is Bee Balm. This herb is in the oregano family and can be used in many recipes in place of oregano. Beebalm was used by the Oswego Indians as a medicinal herb. Beebalm is also called Oswego tea and Monarda. It is easy to grow and and its flowers, which I also dry and use in tea... are very beautiful.
Anchored to my herb garden is an old boat that I filled with bee balm, nasturtium flowers and some parsley. I have other spots in the yard where I have trasnplanted the bee balm...because I want to make sure I have
enough of this healthful versatile herb.
The video at the bottom shows how to make the loose herbal teas and some of the equipment that can make it easier...such as different types of tea strainers, teapots.....etc. You can find some of these things in healthfood stores or you can browse at this link http://coldfusion.affiliateshop.com/AIDLink.cfm?AID=111632&Redirect=/tea_tool/tea_tool.html
Some of the books I found useful were Herbal Teas: 101 Nourishing Blends for Daily Health & Vitality , Growing 101 Herbs that Heal: Gardening Techniques, Recipes, and Remedies AND
AND...here is the recipe for the herbal tea I drink almost every night