How to Steep the Perfect Cup of Herbal Tea (Infusion)
Steeping means to soak fresh or dried herbs by poring boiling water over them. The cup is then covered for 15 minutes to extract the essential oils. This process is also referred to as an infusion and is for the leaves and flowers of the plant. The roots, barks and twigs require more heat and time to extract their medicinal properties (decotion).
Infusions can be served warm or cold over ice, added to bath water and applied to the skin to help with a rash or burn.
You will need
- 1 tsp dried herbs or 1 tbsp fresh herbs
- 1 cup (8 oz.) boiling water
- add herbs in a mug or into a tea strainer
- pour the hot water over herbs
- cover and steep 15 minutes for a light tea or longer for a strong tea
- strain and sweeten with honey, if desired
You can find mesh tea balls, strainers, squeezers and infusers at Starwest Botanicals or on Amazon.
Herbs To Use
You can forage for fresh herbs to make your own herbal tea. The plants can be used fresh or you can dry and store them for future use. Nettle, red clover, red raspberry leaf, chickweed, alfalfa, dandelion, mints and rose hips can all be easily found. These are just a few of the widely available plants that you can use for making your own homemade herbal tea.
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Cute Tea Poem
If you are cold, tea will warm you;
if you are too heated, it will cool you;
If you are depressed, it will cheer you;
If you are excited, it will calm you.
– William Ewart Gladstone