I have been brewing some delicious teas with herbs from my garden. They are wonderfully calming before bed or while relaxing with a good book. They cost me nothing but my time to prune off the leaves and dry. I use mint and the lemon sage makes a nice one as well.
I wipe the leaves to free them from dirt or small insects. Originally I tried rinsing but found that then I had to be sure there were no water droplets present before putting them into the microwave. After wiping I spread one layer of leaves (try not to have too much of the
stem present because they snap, crackle and pop when zapped) on a paper towel and place it in the microwave. I set the timer for 30 seconds and then check to be sure they don’t scorch. Generally this is enough time but depending on the power of your microwave you may have to increase or decrease the number of seconds. The leaves will start to curl when finished. I leave them to cool and then put them in small jars. I crush them as I need them, put them into a diffuser spoon and add hot water. Enjoy!