Drink Fresh Herbal Tea for Increased Vitality and Give your Garden Health a Tonic.

Like many Head Gardener’s my working day starts at 7:30am, in reality I’ve probably already sent several emails, ordered gardening supplies, planned a daily work schedule, drank too much coffee ate too many croissants.

My transition to becoming a vegetarian began quite by accident, I wanted to increase my fruit and vegetable intake. I didn’t believe the recommended five a day was adequate for my busy physical schedule. Instead I began to increase the quantity of fruit and vegetables I ate on a daily basis, this had a knock-on effect for both altering my mindset and adjusting my taste buds.


I began to feel differently about both the preparation and cooking of vegetables often choosing to eat raw food and vegetables in preference over-cooked or steamed veggies.  This simple adjustment to my daily diet developed a keen interest in vegetables and fruit, empowering me to work toward a plant food diet regime.

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I needed to improve my day-to-day health I was feeling overly tired and often rundown, so instead of turning for coffee and sweet satisfaction I decided to start the research and find a fitter way to improve my overall health.

Over the last few months I have improved my morning regime by ditching the coffee in favour of freshly squeezed warm lemon water, honey and ginger. I sip my fresh lemon tea whilst enjoying a large bowl of organic oats, steeped in hot water, cover and allow to stand for two minutes. I prefer my oats whole and firm, if you prefer a softer porridge add a diary free splash of plant-based milk (Almond or Coconut milk works well) and finish in the microwave for 1-2 minutes. I serve with fat-free natural yoghurt, a large spoonful of homemade apple sauce and local organic honey.

I arrive at work by 7:30 and first open the office, the supply store, check the glasshouse and open the organic kitchen garden large arch wooden gates that keep the garden safe from nocturnal vegetable munchers!

I return to the staff room and on route drop by the herb garden, here I pick camomile that leads me up the garden path, I gather some thyme and breath, I tear of some sage and reap its healing reward, I snip at various fresh mint leaves and relish the thought of a minty menthol herbal tisane.

Tearing and crushing the herbs in my fingers as I walk toward the staff room, all the time listening to the morning around me as I contemplate the days tasks ahead.


Camomile to calm an active mind, to allow me time to forward think and keep one step ahead.

Thyme to ease, prevent and prevail to keep pests at bay and to sterilise, thyme is proven to help against coughs and colds.

Sage to control anxiety, fight cancer and heal the liver. Use this one with caution too much can be bitter, so gently increase the quantity of leaves used in your herbal tincture.

Mint to soothe a sore throat, freshen breath and a natural relaxant. Growing in abundance your mint will need to be tamed, grown in pots on the patio or sunken in your garden borders to limit its spread.

Drinking your way to good garden health with freshly picked garden herbs is as rewarding as it sounds. The morning scent of crushed herbs enriches the senses and empowers the mind, I find  it easier to focus on the day ahead, as the staff role on awaiting daily instructions.


Herbs love to be picked, they respond by sending up new fresh shoots and leaves, it helps delay flowering and keeps the plants in good health. Fresh, supple stems and leaves are essential from herb, once the plants become woody and head towards flowering the plant becomes focused on producing seed and blooms at the expense of leaves and stems.


Interested in learning more about my Plant Food Diet journey? Then check out the new and upcoming articles below to feed your appetite for increased vitality and put Spring in your step whatever the weather.

How to keep your herb garden fresh, vibrant and productive.

Make time for tea, a herb tisane or tincture.

Drying fresh herbs for a refreshing herbal tonic or tisane.

Freezing leafy herbs for use in Winter vegetable stews and soups.

Add fresh herbs to leafy Salads to excite your palette and stimulate the senses.

Making herbs fun, fresh and fruitful.

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Stephen Pryce-Lea

Head Gardener and International Horticultural Consultant, Plant food advocate.




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Award winning, 40 something year old professional plantsman and horticulturalist with National Trust, private parks and estate management background. My vast plant knowledge and hands on techinical experience, afforded me the opportunity to work in various horticultural landscapes, in the UK, USA & Eastern Europe. Having worked in both garden retail & the design service industry gave me the practical diversity and managerial skill set, required for running a large prestigious gardens and stately homes. I strongly believe knowledge is to be shared and have worked closely with people and staff of all ages and abilities keen to develop their passion for gardening, including groups of children, special needs and adults. I have hosted guided walks, talks and tours for those keen to learn about cultivated and wild plants, garden development, history and design. As an member of the NNCPG and National Trust, I am actively involved in the preservation of several important plant collections both in public and private gardens throughout the UK. “It’s a beautiful thing when a career and a passion grow together, in a garden it’s paradise” Follow @IGrowHort on GardenTags. Stephen is passionate about gardening as Head Gardener with a team of ten staff he manages a prestigious Cheshire country estate of 55 acres, inc wild flower meadows, woodland, organic kitchen and formal gardens. Follow Stephen today”

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