Things to do with Thyme: Make “Thyme to Wake up” Tea

Today, it’s all about Thyme.  I was inspired to make this tea after having 3rd graders get so excited about the lemon smelling leaves during one of their garden visits.

One of my new projects has been creating a Learning Garden at our local elementary school.  We’ve got two raised beds filled with a random assortment of cold weather veggies such as carrots, chard and lettuce, flowers, cherry tomatoes and Thyme. I ran out of room for other herbs…

Last week,  3rd grade participated in a garden scavenger hunt.  Here’s a pic of us from that day.


It’s a lot of fun but sometimes frustrating because a lot is out of my control.  However, the kids are really into learning about organic gardening and plants.  When I see them get excited, every bit of effort is worth it.  Here’s one of my favorite thank you notes from my 2nd graders. That’s me!



During the scavenger hunt, one of their “tasks” was to find the Thyme and learn how to smell the essential oils of the herb without pulling off a leaf.  I showed them how to rub the leaf to transfer oils to their fingers and now they get to smell lemon. They were thrilled! I haven’t used Thyme lately and their sheer joy of the fragrance inspired me….

Things to do with Thyme: Make “Thyme to Wake Up” Tea

Yesterday,  I woke up sleepy and grumpy.  I wanted to make a nice cup of tea that would wake me up and use my own fresh herbs.

I made a delicious tea I call “Thyme to  Wake up Tea” and it did just the trick.  For this beverage, you’ll also need Rosemary, Green Tea, and Mint.

Here’s my Mint which has come back nicely in the same potted plant as last year along with bright pink Pentas.

DSC_0554My faithful Rosemary Bush.


Thyme in my front flower bed



You will need  2 cups of almost boiling filtered water, 1 green tea bag, 2 T fresh Rosemary, 2 T fresh Thyme and 2 T fresh Mint.


Tip: Slide your fingers dow the stem of Thyme and Rosemary to remove leaves easily.


In a Mason Jar (or container of your choice), place your herbs and then pour the hot water over. Be sure to cover your jar in order to keep the medicinal oils in your tea and not evaporate out.  Steep for at least 10 minutes.  If this were going to be used medicinally I would steep between 30-45 minutes.

Pineapple Sage Infusion

Strain your herbs out and compost your used herbs (or at least thrown them in your bushes).

Pour Pineapple Sage Infusion

Now it’s time to wake up, enjoy your tea and get your day going! “Thyme” to get creative with the herbs you are growing to create your own blends.  You’re only limited by your imagination.





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