Drinkable Herbs

Common Name  Latin Name  Uses, Comments 
Anise Hyssop Agastache foeniculum Anise-scented leaves used fresh or dried in herbal teas (P)
Lemon
Verbena
Aloysia triphylla Lemon-scented leaves used in herbal teas and drinks

Culinary – Flavors jellies, breads, muffins; leaves are tough, soak in milk to
extract flavor (A)

Absinthe Artemisia absinthium Bitter leaves are main ingredient in absinthe, also used to flavor vermouth
and other liquors. Medicinal – Stimulates appetite and improves digestion (P)
Borage Borago officinalis Cucumber flavored; young leaves used in teas, refreshing iced tea in summer with honey and lemon; flowers garnish drinks; a good ‘pick me up’ (A)
Variegated Calamint Calamintha grandiflora

‘Variegata’

Mint-flavored and scented leaves used in herbal teas (P)
Roman Chamomile Chamaemelum nobile Flowers and young leaves used to make herbal tea to induce sleep (A)
Meadowsweet Filipendula ulmeria Almond-scented flowers used to flavor mead, ale, herbal beers, liquors and
non-alcoholic punches. Medicinal – Useful for flu, gout, rheumatism, arthritis,
fever (P)
Bronze Fennel Foeniculum vulgare dulce Roots and leaves used to flavor wine. Medicinal – Fennel tea given to infants for its calming and anti-flatulent properties; aids in digestion (A)
Zinger Hibiscus Hibiscus sabdariffa Dried stems and leaves have vanilla-like odor; essential oils used to flavor beverages; in Poland leaves are used to flavor vodka
Medicinal – Tea used to calm windburned and sunburned skin (P)
Sweetgrass Hierochloe foeniculum Anise-scented leaves used fresh or dried in herbal teas (P)
Lemon Balm Melissa officinalis Lemon-flavored and scented leaves; lemonades, teas, wines, liquors
Medicinal – Herbal teas used to treat melancholy, headaches, anxiety; also ‘Lime’ is lime flavored, scented (P)
Apple Mint Mentha suaveolens  Minty-apple flavor; leaves and flowers used in teas, iced beverages;
Jamaican Mint Micromeria viminea Popular in Jamaica, mint flavored leaves
Medicinal – Used in teas to relieve indigestion (P)
Bee Balm Monarda didyma Citrus-scented leaves used fresh or dried; flavoring for the famous Earl Grey tea. Medicinal – Good for coughs, sore throats, nausea (P)
Sweet Cicely Myrrhis odorata Light anise flavor; used to flavor wines, cordials, and non-alcoholic drinks (P)
Cinnamon Basil  Ocimum basilicum‘Cinnamon’ Cinnamon flavor; leaves used in teas, herbal cocktails
Medicinal – Helps digestive problems (A)
Scented Geranium Pelargonium sp Leaf shapes, colors and scents vary; leaves used in cold beverages and teas; edible flowers used as garnish; also P. ‘Frensham’ and P. citrodum are lemon scented (A)
Mountain Mint Pycnanthemum pilosum Fresh minty scent, used like spearmint; leaves used in hot or iced tea (P)
Elderberry Sambucus nigra Berries high in vitamin C; used in elderberry wine, pies, and jellies; treats cold
and flu; virus and bacteria fighter (P)
Costmary/ Tanacetum Alecost balsamita Eucalyptus-like aroma; leaves used to flavor ale, beer, wine, teas, cold drinks;used to preserve ales and beers before hops were used; used in place of mint in iced drinks. Medicinal – Teas help colds, upset stomachs and cramps;also known as bible leaf, leaves were used as bookmarks in Bibles (P)