Make Your Own Herbal Tea
Know Your Tea
Some herbs - like anise hyssop, calendula, lavender, mint, and lemon balm - make great teas. Create your own blends with a little creativity and some of your own home-grown herbs. First, get to know how they taste and smell to know what blends work well. Use stronger, primary flavors as the foundation of your tea and add secondary herbs to create unique and interesting flavors and aromas.Date Published: January 25, 2018Date Updated: January 26, 2018
Harvest Your HerbsDate Published: January 25, 2018Date Updated: January 26, 2018
Herbs are well-known for their medicinal qualities. This tea is stronger because of its brewing process, and it's helpful for recovering from a cold. Yarrow can cause heat flushing, which is good for breaking a fever. Use fresh herbs if possible, or high-quality dried herbs. To make this tea, you'll need:
- 1 part echinacea root
- 1 part peppermint leaves
- 1 part catnip leaves
- 1 part yarrow leaves
- 1 part lemon balm leaves
1. Put the echinacea in 1 quart of water and bring to a boil. Simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes.
2. Add the rest of the herbs, stir well, cover, and steep 15 to 20 minutes.
3. Strain and add honey and lemon, if desired.Date Published: January 25, 2018Date Updated: January 26, 2018
This simple and flavorful tea is not only fresh, but enhances digestion. It's simple to make and can be made in large batches. To brew it, you'll need:
- 1 part spearmint leaves
- 1/8 part licorice root
Combine the herbs in a pot and cover with boiling water. Stir well, cover, and steep 15 to 20 minutes.Date Published: January 25, 2018Date Updated: January 26, 2018
Steep or Boil?
If you're using dried herb leaves, petals, or flowers, it's best to steep them. Start by bringing cold water just to the boiling point in a pan or teakettle. You can put the tea directly into your teakettle and then strain before drinking, or you can use an infusers sold to hold loose tea. Pour boiling water over the tea and allow to steep for at least 5 minutes before tasting.
Because seed, bark, and peel oils are harder to release than those from leaves and flowers, it's best to boil them. Bring water to a boil on the stove. You can crush the seeds, bark, or whole spices before boiling, or pass them through a spice grinder (this will release the oils for maximum flavor). Add the crushed or whole seeds and other ingredients and simmer gently. Use about 1 tablespoon of seeds for every 2 cups of water. Taste the tea after 5 minutes, and continue simmering and tasting until it suits your taste.Date Published: January 25, 2018Date Updated: January 26, 2018
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