Thanks to the growing interest in health, herbal teas have become supermarket staples. To enjoy a real cup of tea, however, make it yourself.
Start with the right teapot. Ideally, it should be made of a “thick-walled-ceramic material”. The problem with a glass container is that the walls are too thin, and heat escapes. Don’t use any metallic container because any herb might react with the metal to produce a taste.
For superb tea, bring pure bottled water to a boil in a nonmetallic container. Pour it in your teapot and let it sit covered for 3 minutes to warm the pot. Pour the water back into the original container.
Toss an ounce (a handful) of dried herbs into the warm pot and pour in the boiling water. Use 1 pint of water for each ounce of herbs. Let it steep for 3 to 5 minutes.
If you add more herbs and steep the tea longer, you have an infusion. Infusions are used to extract more of the medicinal properties from the herbs.
And there is a third way – decoction – to prepare an herbal liquid. When you need to extract active ingredients and flavors from roots, barks, or tough fruits then you can use the decoction method. Bring the plant material to boil and keep it at a low, rolling boil for 15 to 20 minutes.
In all three processes, when the beverage is ready, strain and add honey if you wish.
Use a reliable herbal source , such as a respected medicinal herbal guide written by an authority, a naturalistic physician, or an herbalist to learn the proper herbal ingredients, preparation and application.