Herbal teas have been used for centuries for their medicinal and therapeutic properties. They are a great alternative to traditional teas and offer a variety of health benefits. Let’s enter into the world of herbal teas and learn how to brew them.
Firstly, it's important to note that herbal teas are not actually teas which are made from the leaves of the Tea plant - Camellia sinensis. Herbal “teas” are actually infusions made from fresh or dried flowers, leaves, roots, or other plant parts. There are many different types of herbal teas available, each with its own unique flavor and health benefits.
Some popular types of herbs for tea include chamomile, peppermint, ginger, and lavender. Chamomile is known for its calming properties, while peppermint aids digestion and freshens breath. Ginger is great for reducing inflammation and aiding digestion, and lavender promotes relaxation and better sleep.
To make herbal tea, you'll need a few basic supplies: a teapot or mug, loose leaf herbs, a tea strainer or tea ball, and hot water. Begin by boiling the water and allowing it to cool slightly. Add the herbs to the teapot or mug and pour the hot water over them. Let the tea steep for 5 to 10 minutes, depending on the type of herb you're using. Strain the herbs, sweeten if you prefer, and enjoy!
At Small Batch Garden, sun tea is our favorite summertime method of tea making (herbal or otherwise). Place your tea in a tea basket or ball and put it into a tall glass. Pour over filtered or spring water (you can boil and cool to room temperature tap water if you prefer), and set the glass out into the sun. Depending on your preferences and the tea, it usually takes 30 minutes to one hour to steep. Remove the tea, sweeten and pour over ice or chill for later.
In addition to their health benefits, herbal teas are a tasty and enjoyable way to stay hydrated throughout the day. So why not try brewing your own herbal tea today? With a little experimentation (or an herbal consultation with Jessica for more in depth information), you're sure to find a blend that suits your taste and your health needs!
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