Worlds Oldest Remedy
What is an herbal tea
It is safe to say that herbal tea, otherwise known as an herbal ifusion, is the oldest form of administering plant medicine in the world. Steeping plants and roots in hot water is nothing new to mankind. In fact, humans have been drinking herbal tea for more than 5,000 years, not just for medicinal reasons, but simply because it tastes good.
Tea is simple, basic, effective, and you don’t need any special tools to make it. A cup, herbs and some water, and your good to go!
Making herbal tea is as simple as it gets but there are a couple guidelines that will make it easier for you.
First is the herbs. You must decide what herbs combinations you want to use in your herbal tea. You can also choose to to use only one herb if you desire.
Herbs such as lemonbalm, chamomile, ginger, stinging nettle, peppermint and catnip, are all tasty and aromic herbs that make great additions or combinations.
A great example is if you want to use something such as dandelion greens or root, which can be bitter tasting, you can offset this taste with adding lemonbalm. Everything is going to depend on your taste and personal needs.
Fresh or dried herbs
Most people make herbal tea using dried herbs, but fresh herbs can be used all the same. You will follow the same instructions using fresh herbs, with one difference, the herb amount. Dried herbs have been dried and often crushed, which concentrates their flavor, making them more potent than fresh herbs. Fresh herbs have a higher water content, so they’re not as strong. To make an herbal tea with fresh herbs, you will double the amount that you use dried. See below for more details.
Herbal Blend: Within the herbal world we don’t have specific measurements, we have what’s called parts. Parts can be any desired amount.
An example: I decide to make a tea using 2 parts lemonbalm and 1 part dandelion. My lemonbalm measurement will be 2 cups and my dandelion 1 cup. I could make this measurement teaspoons, ounces, cups, etc. A part is simply an equal amount to the other.
Use a large bowl to mix your herbs. Add herb parts to your bowl and mix well with a large spoon. Store dried mix in a Mason jar away from sunlight in a cool dark cabinet. Use as needed.
There is a rule of thumb with tea measurements that is extremely simple:
1- 2 teaspoons of herbs, per 1 cup of boiling water.
Some people can tolerate more, but this is the standard measurement for herbal tea.
You will place your herbs inside of a tea ball strainer, inside of a cup or mug. Poor boiling water over the herbs and allow it to steep for 10 to 15 minutes. Enjoy!
We don’t recommend using processed sugar, but if you like a little sweetener, you can always add some raw honey!
Most herbalist recommend 3 to 4 cups of herbal tea daily, but this also depends on the herbs used in the tea.
Herbs such as lemonbalm or stinging nettle are perfectly safe to drink all day long if you would like. Certain herbs however you don’t want to overdo it.
During times of sickness or someone suffering from chronic conditions, it’s recommended to have the maximum 4 to 5 cups a day.
Again, if you have any health concerns or are taking medication, speak with your doctor first before you start consuming herbal tea.
Herbal medicine is still medicine. It’s important to understand the safety precautions of all the herbs that you intend to use. Certain herbs can have interactions with medications as well as health disorders. Speak with your health care provider first if you have any health concerns, pregnant, nursing or are taking medication. This applies to anybody you are making a remedy for as well. Click here to view our disclaimer.
Herbal tea can be a wonderful way to enjoy the health and medicinal benefits of plants. If you are a beginner, making herbal tea is also a great way to get to know your herbs and their functions.
Start small, working with easy to grow or identify herbs. Stinging nettle, lemonbalm and chamomile are great herbs to begin with. Remember, have fun with the process, and you will learn along the way!