Gathering Herbs For Herbal Tea’s And More – FeverFew and Lemon Verbena

a lot of people ask me what do I enjoy
most about homesteading well it’s not just about homesteading it’s about a
peaceful lifestyle but what I enjoy most is gathering my herbs all winter long I
think about it to think about what herbs am I going to grow this year and all winter long I think about how
beautiful it’s gonna look my home looks really different in the wintertime it’s
so plain and so drab but as soon as the spring comes and the summer it’s like a
whole new world here for me with the green house I’m gonna try to see if I
can prolong my summer I’m not very keen on a lot of snow I don’t mind it
some years it seems like the winter just goes on forever and ever and ever and
then we have some mild years then we have some valid years once in a while
right here in Pennsylvania we have all the seasons
my favorite is spring and fall I love spring and fall I wish we could have the
temperatures in the 70s all year-round but you know what the changing of the
leaves are really pretty and it is nice to see the changes of the seasons
especially when you harvest in your homestead like I do it just makes things
different when you have to get ready for the wintertime I go away so little in my
life I mean home almost all the time and that’s why I’ve tried to create it such
a peaceful place here where I can be kept busy I’m not the kind of girl who
likes to sit inside the house I have to be outside and I have to be working I
have to always be doing something so this was a perfect outlet for me having
a youtube channel because it enables me to enjoy the things that I like most I
can share it with all of you so I’m gonna tilt my camera and I’ll
show you what I’m working on so what do I use lemon verbena for well
you can make yourself a tea with it you can make yourself a syrup and can it
anything that you need a lemon flavor it’s very strong also you can put it in
soaps and put it in all kinds of lotions now this gets air dried
it’s so delicate for me I don’t want to put it in the dehydrator so we’re just
gonna let this air dry we have my lemon verbena we’re gonna cut
it way back the more you cut it the bush here it will get and the more you’ll get
from it Oh time to get this cut back and I’m
going to share with you what you can use the lemon verbena for this is my
ultimate favorite herb now we have to go and I’ll show you
where else I have some of it growing I always plant my lemon verbena right near
our house I don’t have it out in the garden it seems to grow really well in
containers now in my zone if you have freezing winters you can’t grow it over
the winter but a lot of you who live in Florida and states that don’t have the
freezing temperatures you can actually grow this all year round and how blessed
are you so we’re gonna go ahead and we’re gonna just cut this way back what
you’re looking at here is feverfew we’re also going to harvest some of this you
got to be careful with fever view fever view is a strong it’s like an aspirin
you can use this if you have headaches or any kinds of aches and pains a lot of
time just one leaf if you chew on it will get rid of your headaches but you
can brew this into a tea you don’t want a mistake fever view for
a camomile the flower looks similar but a chamomile
has a beautiful apple scent and fever of you is very bitter so it doesn’t take
you long to figure out the two differences the next thing we’re going
to work on is the fever of you now fever few you can make a teacher with it or
you can make a tea with it but like I said it’s a very potent so what we do is
you can use the flowers and the leaves so I’m also going to use this in
potpourri Zoar in wreaths garden reeds it’s so many neat things you can do this
with because the flowers do dry very very pretty so we’re just going to lay
it out flat like this and this is gonna go in my greenhouse just like the other
herbs that I’m using okay so okay so that’s feet of you and that’s all it is
to it now I’m going to show you my garlic having the greenhouse is very nice for
being able to cure some things this is the garlic and what I’m gonna do is I’m
just gonna cut it this far we’re gonna leave a neck on it that way the bulb
dries thoroughly and then after I cut it we’re gonna let it dry for another month
or two now a lot of people like to braid their
garlic but this is little bulbs that I harvested and I’m not gonna braid these
I’m gonna use these right away as soon as they’re dried but we leave a large
neckl in it so that way they can dry this is how I do things
everybody has a different method but this seems to work out really good for
me all right so now that’s going back in the
greenhouse so now we have all of these seed heads
all kinds of seeds so I’m gonna take the task of separating all these seeds I
won’t film all of it but I’ll show you what it looks like when we’re finished
and this is going to be my pizza spices and seasonings for when I do a lot of
canning of my pizza sauce we can a lot of tomatoes here this is a big thing in
our home is tomato products anywhere from to me – ketchup – spaghetti sauce –
pizza sauce which is a little thicker we have a lot of tomatoes I also can a lot
of v8 to use in soups so this is what we have so far I’m gonna go and harvest my
time and then harvest herbs basil is very strong I don’t want to put anything
else in this dehydrator that’s not going to go with it so in other words I’m not
going to dehydrate my lemon verbena that I keep separate but you can put your
time in here you can put your oregano anything that’s for pizza because the
flavors really will mix well you don’t want to have it too high heat so I turn
for my herbs down to about 125 and in a matter about an hour to an hour and a
half they’ll be dehydrated that’s the fun
thing about herbs you don’t have to wait forever to have it finished alright
everybody here is all the time that I have all the time in the world to have
time so I’m gonna go ahead and we’re gonna harvest all of this this grows
back for me every single summer and I just keep in this little container works
out great so I’m gonna dehydrate this and I’m gonna dehydrate it with my basil
so now we have plenty of time you you


  1. Wow! The aromas of all those herbs and spices must be amazing fresh! Thanks for showing us Tessie! Have a beautiful day!… Ra

  2. Have a Blessed and safe Tuesday everyone. Tessie, you can get some clear plastic containers and put them over your herbs/greens in the winter and mine in TN made it through the frosts we had this year. BUT, the sunlight was not strong enough to keep stevia, thyme and basil appeared dead by Spring, but came right to life when the sun got stronger. We did not have an extremely cold winter this year, but did have frosts and I even used a storage container over one plant outside and it survived the cold. I took it off when it warmed up.
    Love that music at the end – want to get up and dance πŸ™‚ Very Happy

  3. I'm dehydrating today gonna do some tomatoes and celery I what to make powder out of them to add to soups and stews and meat. Tessie the easy way of taking the leaves off your herbs is to use a strainer just put the stem through the inside of the hole and pull and let the leaves fall into the strainer. This way you don't need a extra bowl. The truth be know i hate doing dishes lol. Keep smiling sweetie xoxo

  4. I'm with you….70's would be perfect for me! I'm attempting to grow several herbs in a little kit that my son bought me. Going to transfer them to containers and keep them in the utility room where they get light and it doesn't freeze. πŸ’œ

  5. I have SAD Seasonal Affect Depression. Every single winter is miserable mentally and physically for me. All day, every day in the winter, I'm counting down my time for "dirt therapy"!!! I so enjoy playing in the soil, planting, harvesting, preserving foods! So much joy in seeing that food knowing I grew it! Just a feeling of accomplishment. Unfortunately my husband works long hours, so isn't here to help me with the garden or preserving.

  6. I'm grinning about that feverfew. Years ago my Grandma had it at her house, and I thought it was so pretty, so I asked for some to plant at my house. Of course she willingly gave me some. The next year, I had feverfew EVERYWHERE! Those seeds must have ALL came up that fell from the plants. I asked Grandma why she didn't tell me that stuff spreads so quickly. With a smile she politely said "You didn't ask." hahahahaha

  7. Tonight I'm also dehydrating basil and a little bit of parsley. I need to start getting more seasonings and herbs. Oh and some healing plants that can grow inside in a container garden.

  8. Hi Tessie! ☺ Fun to watch you herbing! πŸ˜„ You can infuse olive oil with your Lemon Verbena! That would be great to cook with! πŸ˜› I have a question: What is the purpose of a pot holder in the basket with the garlic drying? I know you have a reason? πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„ Going back to finish watching your video!! ☺☺😎😎

  9. I wish I could get herbs to grow food here! I love your place, and I love the snow ❄️ there aren’t any bugs πŸ›

  10. Hi Tessie.. I liked watching you harvest your herbs.. Do you ever grow rosemary? I don't think I have ever tried that but growing up with an Italian family I love garlic and thme..and organigo in some dishes.. It depends on how it's prossed.. Well enjoy your day see you soonπŸ˜‡

  11. Thanks for another great video Tessie. Lemon verbena is now on my list of herbs to grow next year. I’ve been drying parsley and mint in the dehydrator and it took forever because it said to dry it at 95 degrees so when I cut my basil yesterday I bunched it together, hung it in my pantry which is dark and I’ll air dry it. Hopefully it works

  12. I just like herbs for cooking, my favorite is dill and chives. πŸ‘πŸ˜ŠπŸŒΎπŸ‚πŸƒπŸŒ±

  13. I have to nap now,just watched Tessie,and read what Jump-off is up to! 🀣 Love the herbs Tessie!πŸ’™

  14. So beautiful ! Your deck is so inviting with all your different herbs & flowers planted around ! It looks like a HAPPY PLACE to just sit & relax & breathe in the fragrances. I like planting my Lavender & Rosemary, where you can just reach down as you are walking & run your hands thru it & breathe it in. Yesterday I packed 3 half gallon jars with dried Peppermint. Lots more of it to put away. I also started 2 jars of Fermented Hot Chili Pepper Paste. Hubby doesn't care for the Hot & Spicy, so it will last me a long time !

  15. Good Morning, Dear Tessie πŸ’ž
    Great video on the herbs 😊 I do have sweet mint the comes every year, so I dried natural and do like you did with the colander 😁
    One year I did grow, stevia,rosemary, cilantro, lemon balm,thime,basil and oregano πŸ˜€
    Now this year only have sweet mint because of the hurricane Florence we didn't plant a small garden ☺
    Happy Tuesday πŸ˜€ πŸ’—πŸ’•πŸŒ·
    Have a great and blessing day you and Kenny πŸ’Ÿ God bless you both πŸ’ž I Love you my Dear Sister Tessie πŸ’ž

  16. Good Morning, Dear Friends πŸ˜€
    Happy Tuesday πŸ˜€
    Have a great and blessing day ❀ God bless you all 🌷 Love Ya! πŸ’Ÿ

  17. I've been thinking about adding those to my herb collection lately, now you are definitely making me want to do it! πŸ™‚

  18. Thanks for this. We dry a few things as oregano but neverΒ was familiar withΒ lemon verbena. Might have to do that one.

  19. I love, love, love herbs. I have looked at your past videos of your special herb blend but can't seem to nail down exactly what is in it. Could you please tell me the herbs you have in it. I planted spicy oregano on your recommendation. I am enjoying it. I canned green beans in onion soup mix yesterday after watching your video. They smelled wonderful. They will be amazing in green bean casserole I think this winter. I will probably be kicking myself I didn't do more Have a wonderful Tuesday everyone.

  20. I couldn't believe it when you said you wished it would be 70-75 degrees all year long! I have always said the same thing!!!! Great minds think alike! Love all your herbs. I'll have to watch some of your older videos to see how you make stuff with the herbs. Have a great day Tessie!

  21. Thanks for the video! I like your drying trays. I've never tried growing lemon verbena because of the zone. How do you get such a nice harvest? Are you able to keep any alive over winter? Like a house plant? I've kept basil growing in the house for a while by taking a cutting and rooting it, starting a new plant. I wonder if verbena would cooperate πŸ™‚ ?
    I do have lemon balm but I understand that it is much milder.

  22. Tessie I love to watch you working in your garden harvesting your herbs. Good tips on Feverfew and the Lemon Verbena. Nest year I am going to grow these herbs. I harvested some of my basil and parsley. My grape tomato's not doing to well I managed to harvest a bunch to put in salads not much more growing. Your garden looks heavenly. I like the season changes each year, though I do like the spring and fall the best. Summer is nice but gets to hot some times. The snow is fun when it falls and coats everything but a pain to clear off the walkways. I could have 70's temps all year and no humidity I will be fine with that. But it is good to have season changes something to do to prepare for winter. I love the fall with the leaves changing color it's so pretty. I don't mind cleaning up the leaves. You sure have a lot of tomato sauce. I put basil in my tomato sauce. Good harvest Tessie. Next year I'm going to grow Feverfew and maybe Lemon Verbena too. Love the music at the end:) Love you my sweet sister:) God bless you and family:)

  23. I knew of both herbs, but not much about them. I love learning new things. I had never heard of sun chokes before finding your channel, but plan to add some to my garden next year. I'm also praying like you asked a few days ago. πŸ’•

  24. Good Morning Tessie and Friends, I will start out with a prayer for T Shet and her husband Ii hope all will be well. God Bless you T Shet.

    Today looks to be a cloudy and rainy day so I'll be catching up on house cleaning. Yesterday I was out and about spent some time out in my yard enjoying the fine weather it was a nice day sunny and mild temps with low humidity. A nice change from the hot sticky days. Summer is slowly drawing to a close and soon the leaves will start to change color and fall. Get out and enjoy the last days of summer while you can. I know I will be enjoying my walks on the beach when I can get there. Have a wonderful blessed Tuesday my friends. God bless you love you all. πŸ™‚ Keep smiling:)

  25. Does the lemon verbena truly smell like citrus lemons? Very relaxing video…I'm so interested in herbs! Thanks, Tessie

  26. Good morning Tessie.Β  What a great video on the herbs.Β  I learned a lot from it.Β  Harvesting of the herbs has got to be the most favorite time of the year for you.Β  God Bless and keep you safe.

  27. Good morning Tessie. I am interested in growing Fever Few. I use a face cream that contains Fever Few and it helps to keep my skin calm and rash free. One of my favorite herbs is BORAGE. It attracts bees of all kinds to pollinate the garden. It is loaded with Omega 3. Plant it to help save our bees! The blue blossoms can be crystalized with sugar. What is your favorite brand of dehydrator? Thanks for the herb talk πŸ™‚

  28. Greetings Tessie..yes being from PA is a blessing because even though we get the snow..I couldn't imagine not seeing the changing seasons..I've heard of the lemon verbina but not the fever few..can you find the seeds on the internet?..I'm looking for fall seeds for my garden so I'll be sure to look for it.. blessings to you and your family πŸ˜‡ πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡ πŸ˜‡

  29. Is the one plant, what we call The Toothache Plant? I am no familiar with this one. I love herbs too. So easily grown, and good for many different things. Thank you for sharing.

  30. Thanks for the tutorial on these herbs! Lemon verbena is my favorite soap scent. I'm going to try to find a plant to grow in one of my containers. I've just gotten into growing my own herbs. I always learn so much from you.

  31. I love lemon scented herbs. It seems poison ivy loves to grow around my lemon balm. I have to check for it every year. One of my favorite herbs to grow is salad burnet; it has the most delicate cucumber scent and flavor. Bee balm is probably the most beautiful herb to grow. The flowers are huge and so eye catching. I hope your green house extends your garden time!

  32. Hey Tessie! Wonderful video, as usual! I will be harvesting all of my herbs here in a bit, good to know some tips! Blessings to you and your family! πŸ™‚ Dawn @ Rich & Dawn in MN πŸ™‚

  33. Tessie, I really enjoyed this! Thank you! Could you teach us how to make tinctures and what they are good for and how to use them? When you have time of course! πŸ™‚

  34. Miss Tess, you make such a relaxing time with you, NOT, want to end…you’ve created such a relaxing space from your canning house, to your deck…just a place anyone, at least me, would want to call homeπŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡bless you my childπŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»May your day be filled with Gods, peace, and grace…loveπŸ₯°youπŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸŒ»πŸŒ»

  35. I can almost smell those wonderful herbal fragrances. Herbs are about the easiest plant for me to grow. I’m just not knowledgeable that much about the medicinal uses, trying to learn thanks to you, dear Tessie!

  36. hey girl – I didn't know u were monetized already – yasssssss – showing love showing love β˜€οΈπŸŒΉπŸ˜˜

  37. Tessie, thanks for sharing, I agree Spring and Autumn are my favorite seasons as well. Herbs and plants are natural medicine if used correctly , May our Father continue to bless you ! Atb sister πŸ‘

  38. Hi Tessie, I haven't been able to watch much youtube because of severe sitting issues due to si joint dysfunction and spinal stenosis but I catch you when I can. I wish I could post a pic of the flowers from the seeds you sent me last fall, they are just getting ready to bloom and when I see them I think of you! Thank you for all you share…

  39. Hi Tessie! Loved this herb video! I am growing lemon balm. I guess it's different from lemon verbena. I'm growing oregano and basil for spaghetti sauce too. I'll dry it soon! I planted mint a few years ago and it's now covering a bank behind my garden. Wow that is an herb that can really spread fast! Have a great day!

  40. I live in MI when do you plant garlic ??? Have a great day !!! Thank you for sharing !!! πŸ‘β€οΈπŸ€— !!!

  41. I love all your herbs. I grew lemon verbena last year in a pot and brought it in the house in the fall. The smell is amazing. It’s realy hard to find it in any of the stores where I live. I miss being able to garden, so it is so nice to see yours.

  42. I will have to plant some lemon verbena. I have lemon balm that gets bigger every year. lol Next year I plan to expand my herb garden and you are providing tremendous inspiration for it. Thanks Tessie. πŸ™‚

  43. I love spring and fall too Tessie. I have lemon balm but never have grown lemon verbena. Maybe I’ll try that next year. Gonna have to plant thyme in a pot next year cause I don’t think it likes my soil very much. God bless!!! ❀️

  44. Spring and Fall are my favorite seasons too!!! I live in Texas…so summers are so hot but my least favorite is Winter…even though we don't usually get much of a winter…I just don't like the gray sky and the dull drab looking for too long…I suffer from depression anyways and it makes it much worse in the winter!

  45. I've never had luck with lemon verbena… I sure wish I did.

    I make feverfew tincture… GREAT for headaches!

  46. I didn't plant herbs this year but I need to get back to doing it. Loved the video. Please show more about herbs for spices, teas & medicinal. Blessings! πŸ’œ

  47. Hi Tessie, yes I like fall and spring the best also. I used to enjoy making herbal wreaths. Fall is just around the corner. Got to fill all my wall hanging oil lamps for winter. Got our propane tank filled at the summer price. Fever few looks lovely. I also need to get my elderberry syrup made soon. Have a great garden day.

  48. Hi Tessie, I have never grown lemon verbena and feverfew. I would like too. I have been growing basil, rosemary, thyme, sage, oregano and lavender in containers. I have found the scent of herbs to be so calming too. We have all 4 seasons too. My favorites are Spring and Fall. The intense heat and I are not friends and driving in some of the winters we get here in upstate NY not fun either. I am happy here though with that being said and incredibly thankful. There's something about having the different seasons to look forward to. I am home alot too. We don't really travel which I'm alright with. Watching your channel is my relaxation time and giving myself a break time. Otherwise, I am usually doing something.

  49. Nice video, Tessie! I have dehydrated herbs this year also. It's very rewarding to see your efforts in a jar.

  50. Wow Tessie amazing video love your garden thank you for sharing my friend πŸ’• πŸ’•πŸ’• πŸ’•πŸ‘ πŸ‘

  51. Wish I were back up North. I'm with you. 65 to 70 is perfect. I miss Winter because we really don't have good freezing Winters here. Fall is my favorite and it is very short here and hotter. I love sweater weather!

  52. Tessie; all you need now is fruit and fruit trees.Your garden and yard is perfect.It show the love and labor you put into it.

  53. well, Tessie, it has been a while since I've left a comment it looked like you had a lot of time on your hands to kill. lol I need to find some of that fever view and try it on my arthritic pain

  54. A neighbor gave me some feverfew plants two years ago. They have just snowballed this year. I had no idea how many uses it has.

  55. I’ve been getting so sad knowing fall is approaching soon and my garden will be slowing down. I’ve had the best time this year learning a lot of new things. I wish you could see my Pekingese. We planted several cherry tomatoes plants. He goes out daily and picks his own to eat.

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