Making Herbal Teas – Herb Teas
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Herbal tea is also commonly known as tisane or herbal infusion, it is prepared from a single herb or a mixture of various herbs. You can add fruits or spices to add that extra zing.
Herb teas can be made directly in a cup, in a tea pot, or a plunger or herb infusion mug.
Herbal tea is usually taken without milk.
Herbal tea can be sweetened with sugar, honey or Stevia (a herb that is intensely sweet and contains no calories)
An infusion is used for the softer part of the herbs such as flowers and leaves.
1 Teaspoon of dried herb, or 2 teaspoons of fresh herbs.
Pour over 1 cup with fresh boiling water, cover with a lid or saucer.
Leave to infuse for 5 -10 minutes. Strain.
A decoction is used for hard seeds, roots, bark, twigs and tough berries
20g dried herb to 750ml cold water in a saucepan. Bring to boil, then simmer 20-30min.
Strain into a lidded jug and store in the fridge.
Makes enough for 3 or 4 doses
Another way to make a decoction is to pour boiling water over the herbs cover and leave overnight; this helps to retain more of the plants essential oils. When using this method use the same quantities that are used to make an infusion.
Some Herbs to make into Teas and their Benefits
• Basil – leaves – infusion – minty flavour – uplifting
• Catnip – leaves –infusion – diarrhoea, colic, calming
• Chamomile – flowers – infusion – aids relaxation, sleep, settles upset tummies.
• Dandelion – leaves – infusion – diuretic for removing excess water from the body
• Dandelion – root –decoction- improves liver function
• Dill – seeds – decoction or crush for infusion – relieves flatulence, and colic in babies
• Fennel – seeds – decoction or crush for infusion – settles upset tummies, increases flow of breast milk
• Hyssop – leaves –infusion- aids digestion, useful for respiratory conditions
• Lemon balm – leaves – infusion – both uplifting and relaxing, useful for melancholy
• Lemon grass – leaves – infusion – induces sweating in a cold & flu
• Lemon myrtle – leaves -infusion – colds, fever
• Lemon verbena – leaves – infusion, nausea, colds, fever.
• Mint – leaves – infusion – refreshing, digestive
• Rosemary – leaves – infusion – improves concentration & memory
• Sage – leaves – infusion – sore throats, mouth ulcers, menopausal sweats, dries up breast milk.
• Stevia – leaves – infusion – 2-3 leaves is enough to sweeten a cup of tea.
• Thyme – leaves – infusion – sore throats, coughs, colds and flu.
• Valerian – root – cold decoction – anxiety and insomnia.
Add some Spice for that extra Zing
•Black pepper – digestion, circulation
•Cardamom – digestion, coughs and colds
•Cinnamon – circulation and digestion
•Coriander seeds – digestion, flatulence
•Cayenne pepper – circulation, digestion, decongestant
•Fenugreek seed – anti-inflammatory, expectorant
•Ginger – digestion, circulation, nausea
•Vanilla – sweetens
Chamomile, Sage and Fennel
A nice digestive tea.
For a 4 cup teapot add:
2 tsp chamomile flowers
1 tsp dried sage
1 tsp dried crushed fennel seed
Pour in boiling water, cover and steep for 5-10min.
Sweeten with a pinch of dried stevia if you like it sweet.
Lemon, Ginger and Mint
In a 4 cup teapot add:
2 tsp finely chopped fresh ginger
1 tbsp chopped fresh mint
1 fresh lemon squeezed
Pour over boiling water, cover and steep for 5-10 min.
Stir in lemon juice and serve.
Cold and Flu Tea
also known as YEP Tea
Mix equal parts of:
Yarrow, Elder flowers And Peppermint
1 tablespoon fresh mix (1tsp of dried mix) to 1 cup of boiling water.
Take as soon as cold symptoms start.
Yarrow – reduces fever
Elderflower – anti-catarrhal
Sage and Thyme Tea
This tea was made quite a bit when my boys were little. It can be frozen in ice cube trays for children to suck when they have a sore throat.
Put 1 tablespoon of fresh sage and 1 tablespoon of fresh thyme into a teapot, cover with1 cup of boiling water and steep for 10 minutes. Strain.
This Tea can be sipped slowly or gargled for sore throats, tonsillitis, mouth ulcers and infected gums.