Brewing the Perfect Cup of Herbal Tea

Brewing the Perfect Cup of Herbal Tea

Brewing the perfect cup of herbal tea isn't an exact science, but we can take some steps to make sure we're getting the most benefits we can.

Using a kettle or a pot on the stove, bring water to a full boil. If you have an electric kettle with temperature settings, program it to 212 degrees Fahrenheit. The hotter the water, the better for extracting the flavors of the herbs.

While the water is boiling, measure out 1 tablespoon of herbs per 8-10 ounces of water (about one cup) for your infusion. You can use a tablespoon to measure your herbs, and crush them gently to fit into the tablespoon.

Put your crushed herbs into a reusable tea bag or a tea ball and pour boiling water directly over it into your mug, or put your crushed herbs in a tea infuser, pour boiling water over it into your teapot, and allow it to steep before serving.

Herbs need very hot water and a longer steep time than tea leaves to get the most flavor, steep for 10 minutes or longer. Make sure to cover your mug or pot while it's steeping so you don't lose any of the volatile oils.

Now simply enjoy! You can add honey to taste, or put it in the fridge overnight to enjoy cold brewed tea in the morning. Drinking herbal tea daily will add to your health, wellness and overall mood.

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