How do I make herbal teas?

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How do I make herbal teas?

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Tea Infusion

Infusions are light and fluffy and consist of the stems, leaves and flowers of a plant. I usually make one cup at a time, but you could make more and store it in the refrigerator. If I’m making iced tea, I’ll make a large batch at a time. But don’t store longer than 3 days as it might grow mold.

  • Put 1 tablespoon of the herbal tea into a cup.
  • Add 6-8 ounces of boiling water.
  • Steep for 5-15 minutes (longer makes a stronger tea).
  • Strain and enjoy.

Examples of infusions: chamomile (relaxing and relieves gas), peppermint (for GI upset), catnip (relaxing)

Tea Decoction

Decoctions are heavy and dense and are made of roots, barks, seeds and berries of a plant. When I decoct tea, I usually make enough for 2-3 days at once. Use 1 teaspoon per cup of water.

  • Add herbal tea to a pot filled with the appropriate amount of cold water. (For 6 cups of tea, use 7 cups of water and 6 teaspoons of herbal tea. The extra cup of water boils off.)
  • Cover the pot and bring it to a slow simmer.
  • Let it simmer for 20-30 minutes (longer makes a stronger tea).
  • Remove the pot from the heat and then let it steep for 5-10 minutes.
  • Strain, (store in the refrigerator) and enjoy.

Examples of decoctions include: echinacea root (for immune support), dandelion (for liver support), eleuthero root (for adrenal support).

A Few Tips

  • Store your loose tea in a temperature controlled, environment with limited light, heat and moisture. The ideal location is a dry cupboard.
  • Teas have a short shelf life. Infusions (light and fluffy) can keep up to 12-14 months. Decoctions (roots, barks and berries) can keep up to 16-18 months.
  • Always begin with fresh, clean water!

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