Herbal Tea Brewing

Great Teas, Beyond the Bag!

 

There are many ways to brew a cup of tea. You know all about the little bag that is dropped into hot water. However, we want to be sure you know all about how to brew medicinal strength herbal teas for getting healing results. It starts with getting rid of the bag and diving into bulk herbs.  One of the primary reasons that people say “herbs don’t work” is simply that they don’t get a very strong dose. Quality, quantity, and strategy all play a part in effective herbal treatment. Also, every person is different. What works for one person may not work for all. This in mind, we recommend trying variations on brewing methods to get the herbal blend and brew that works for you.

 

Bulk Herb to Water Ratios:

1 rounded Tablespoon herb to 1 cup water (8 oz)

2 rounded Tablespoons herb to 1 pint water (16 oz)

4 rounded Tablespoons herb to 1 quart water (32 oz)

*Herbal Teas will keep about 24 hours if refrigerated. They can be reheated or drunk cold.

 

Infusions:

Quick Infusion- Place water and herbs together in pot and place on low heat. Stir occasionally, until it begins to simmer. Remove from stove. Strain through stainless steel mesh strainer.  

*We like this method for bringing out delicate floral flavors that would normally get lost in stronger brewing methods.

Overnight Infusion (8 hr.)- Place herb in bottom of a jar that has a tight sealing lid. Pour boiling water over the top and seal jar with the lid. Wrap jar in a small towel or pot holders to give it a good shake. Let steep overnight. In the morning, strain through a stainless steel mesh strainer. This can be made in large batches and drunk throughout the day. This method is the strongest infusion often used for leafy and woody herbs or when trying to achieve a more medicinal tea for health purposes.

*We like this method best for most of our own herbal blends.

**The same overnight infusion method can also be prepared with steep times of 2 or 4 hours. You may notice that the brewing instructions on our tins offer a slightly less specific variation of this.

A cold water infusion steep for about 4 hours in the sun makes perfect sun or iced tea!

 

Decoctions:

Place a larger amount of water in a pot on the stove and let it come to a boil.  Add the herbs. Turn down heat to low and simmer for about 30-45 mins. Strain and serve.  

*This method is used for more hardy herbs such as barks, berries, seeds and roots.