There is something about an elegant cup of herbal tea that can really feel comforting and warm and helps you feel just a moment of tranquality in an otherwise hectic day. Aside from the beauty of an herbal tea, the herbs used in that cup can contain many medicinical benefits. Many of those medicinical benefits can only be accessed when brewed correctly. Herbal teas are a water extract of herbs known as an infusion. Hot infusion are often used as they help draw out essential vitamins, enzymes and aromatic voliatile oils that contain powerful medicinal benefits.
HOW TO MAKE A HOT INFUSIONS:
- Scoop 1-3 tablespoons of dried herbs into a strainer.
- Boil 1 cup of water
- Place your strainer with dried herbs into an empty mug.
- Pour the boiling water gently over the herbs and cover to keep the essential oils from escaping.
- Steep for at least 15 minutes (but for as long as 1 hour). Remove the strainer.
- Sit back and enjoy your cup of tea (part of the benefits comes from the ritual of taking a moment to enjoy your herbal tea, so be mindful of this moment).
HOW TO MAKE A COLD INFUSION: Cold infusions are ideal for what are known as demulcent herbs. Some of these herbs include Marshallow root and Lemon Balm.
- Fill a quart jar with cold filtered water
- Combine one ounce of dried herbs into a cheesecloth and tie it off to keep the herbs contained.
- Submerge the cheesecloth covered herbs just below the water line in the jar.
- Drape the tied ends of the cheesecloth over the lip of the jar.
- Secure by loosely screwing on the cap.
- Allow the mixture to infuse overnight
- The following day, remove the cheesecloth and enjoy your cold infusion!