Fresh herbal tea is refreshing, delicious and packed with healing properties. Plus it’s easier than ever to make at home and much healthier for the environment than commercial tea bags!
Herbs have an intoxicating fragrance, and when steeped into tea they release soothing scents that create an engaging cup of herbal tea. You can easily create your own unique herbal tea recipe every time by mixing and matching different herbs together for an exciting blend – you could use just one herb, multiples, fresh or dried, to find your ideal combination!
For a basic herbal tea recipe, combine one type of herb. However, mixing herbs together allows you to customize your tea based on flavor preferences, medicinal benefits and characteristics such as caffeine content or color. Flowers add color, aroma and texture for an engaging tasting experience; dehydrated fruit leaves or spices pair beautifully with certain herbs to increase both their health benefits and flavor profiles.
Rinse your herbs, flowers and seeds thoroughly before steeping them for tea in boiling water for five to ten minutes in a jar. Strain out and enjoy! Honey or natural sugar substitute can also be added for additional sweetness.
If you’re using fresh herbs for making herbal tea, don’t boil them! Boiling can remove many of their beneficial oils that contribute to their medicinal properties and fantastic flavor! Instead, place the herbs into a pre-warmed teapot or mug and pour in water that has just come off of boiling before pouring it on top of them – be sure to bruise or crush the herbs beforehand to release essential oils more readily!
Oregano is an extremely popular fresh herb for tea. This herbal brew boasts a bold earthiness, making it the perfect addition to pre-meal drinks or nightly restorative tea sessions.
Lavender herbal tea is another wonderful option when it comes to herbal beverages, offering a subtle floral taste with soothing properties that make sipping this soothing tea an extremely calming experience. Lavender tea has also proven useful as a sleep aid.
If you want a stronger herbal tea, try increasing the amounts of both fresh and dried herbs used in your recipes. A few teaspoons per cup should usually suffice, though more may be added as desired if desired – just be careful not to overdo it as too many can leave an unpleasant bitter flavor behind in your tea! To make things easy for yourself and others alike, add about one teaspoon of dried and three tablespoons of fresh herbs (depending on their strength) when creating your herbal brew – store any extra or share with family and friends alike!