Homemade Herbal Tea is not only easy, but makes wonderful gifts. Many of the herbs that you can use in tea will be able to grow right out of your backdoor, or in a bright windowsill. While you do not have to dry your herbs to use them in tea, you will notice you will get a stronger flavor with dried herbs. If you do not want to set up a little drying station many health food stores will sell dried herbs. If you are wanting to make your own Herbal Tea there will be a few things you will need.
Dried Herbs. Chamomile is a favorite, so is mint. and Lavender among most people.
Tea infuser. You can buy metal ones to hold in your herbs, or you can buy empty tea bags with a clip.
Gather your herbs, and crush them down. If you are using fresh herbs bruise the leaves. Bruising leaves will give your tea more surface area, and allow water to take more flavor from the herb. Once your herbs are crushed or bruised, place them in the tea infuser. Fill your mug with hot water. Insert your tea infuser in the hot water and let the tea steep for a few minutes. Dipping the infuser can help speed this up. Once your tea has a slight smell, give the tea a taste. Let steep for longer if you want a stronger flavor.
Here are some popular tea’s and combinations .
Chai Tea – Ginger, Stevia leafs, Raspberry leafs, cinnamon, vanilla bean, chamomile. Make with warm milk. Chai should be sweet, so add more stevia leaves to increase this or add sugar.
mint. tea - spearmint or peppermint tea are great dinner teas. Peppermint is a wonderful tea to warm up to after a long day outside during the cold winter months. spearmint tea is a good tea for upset stomachs.
Chamomile – A nice soothing tea that will help your body relax and calm down at the end of the day.
Lavender tea - When you use lavender go light on lavender, as lavender is a strong flavor. Lavender and mint. are a wonderful combination for this.
Catnip. – Yup! you can use catnip as a tea. Have it alone, or with chamomile, and lemon grass.
There are so many more combinations of tea to try. The neat thing is many herbs have a specific part of your body to help with. Some herbs help with blood pressure, while others help your digestive tract. Some herbs can even help break fevers. So instead of always going to the medicine cabinet, go to the pantry and make some tea. If you have any great combinations of tea, feel free to add them to the comment section.
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