I love tea, and herbal tea is my favorite. So I thought I would share with you my passion for tea. I mostly make it myself out of whatever herbs I want at that time or for whatever ailment I may have at that time. I don’t use tea bags with my tea it is always organic loose-leaf herbal tea.
I usually get my herbs at the health food store here in my community. The owner buys only organic herbs and they are dried but still fresh. Old herbs can affect the tea and how it tastes, and how it affects the body by not being as powerful.
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How is Herbal Tea Any Different from Regular Tea
There is a big difference between herbal tea and regular tea. Herbal tea is more of an infusion of herbs also known as a tisan which are pronounced Tee-san.
True tea which is Camellia sinensis is a plant that the leaves are taken and processed to make white, green and black tea. All three types of tea are from the same plant it is just the way and the length of time it is processed that makes it different.
There is not any camellia sinensis in the herbal infusion unless you decide to put it in there if you do then it becomes a mixed tea infusion and is not recommended.
Herbal tea is what I would like to talk to you about today. It could be leaves stems, bark, flowers, roots and fruit or a combination of them.
I love the fact that while herbal tea tastes good it also has some benefits to it. Herbal tea has long been used in Chinese Medicine and herbs have been used for centuries to help with healing and detoxing the body.
I am not a doctor however and this is not to be taken as medical advice. These are merely herbs that I have found to help me. However, everyone’s body is different and may react differently.
Here are some herbs in the categories that I use the most.
- Licorice Root (i sometimes by mine here)
- Lemon Balm
- Dandelion Root
- Red Clover
- Milk Thistle
Anxiety or Sleep
- St Johns Wort
Drink for Taste
I love the taste of herbal tea, but it took me a lot of trial and error to find that perfect balance for brewing the perfect pot of tea. I have sometimes boiled it too long and it would be too bitter to drink even with adding honey. I also have not let it boil long enough and didn’t extract much flavor from the herbs.
I am going to share with you my secret tips on how to make herbal tea taste great.
- The number one thing to me is making sure you use a glass pot. Metal sometimes affects the way tea tastes.
- Another tip is to use approx 1 Tbs herbs per cup of tea. You may use more if you like it stronger but this is what I find is a good rule for me.
- If you like it stronger just add a little more herbs boiling longer also changes the taste.
- Put water with the number of herbs over med heat till it starts to be a rolling boil. Boil herbs for 5 to 7 minutes.
- Remove from heat. Let steep for 5 minutes. Strain tea with a fine mesh strainer.
- Use honey to sweeten to taste.
- Never put honey in boiling water always wait till after the herbs steep, it makes it not have any good benefits other than as a sweetener.
Keep it Simple
The best things in life are simple, and tea is one of those things. Too many herbs affect the taste and can ruin the taste. You may want a tea for health and that is great but don’t throw all the herbs for that issue in the pot at the same time. Three to five herbs should be the most in herbal tea.
There are hundreds of combinations out the and even more herbs for the same conditions so try just to keep it simple and try different combinations until you find one you love. Enjoy making all your own combinations and explore taste and medicine. I find this the most fun part of herbal teas.
Time to Relax
I hope you enjoyed learning a little about herbal tea and now you know the difference between herbal and regular tea. There are many combinations you can create for your health, and your taste buds. But just remember to keep it simple and only add a few at a time. I am going to sit down and relax with a cup of my favorite tea and enjoy my evening, you enjoy yours.
Do you have a favorite herbal tea, or have a question just leave it in the comments below.
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