It works! Uplift your spirits, restore your present health, and take pleasure in absolute tranquility.
It is environmentally clean. The use of herbs allows us to experience the embrace of nature and, through it, the miraculous touch of the divine. More people recognize that green medicine is healthy for the individual and for the environment.
We can make friends with our medicine. Herbalism offers a unique opportunity to develop a relationship with our medicine. We can grow our own herbs and get to know them.
Self-help and empowerment. A sense of control over one’s life and the experience of personal empowerment in taking responsibility for one’s own health are vital.
Brewing Herbal Teas
Herbal teas are generally light, pleasant-tasting beverages used as gentle remedies. To make a tea, place 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon of herbs in a cup. Bring some water to a boil and pour enough over the herbs to fill the cup. Cover and let steep for up to 10 minutes, then strain. The usual dosage is ¼ to 1 cup up to four times daily.
Herbal teas is my favorite way of using herbs medicinally. The mere act of making tea and drinking it involves you in the healing process. Though medicinal teas are generally not as potent or as active as tinctures and other concentrated herbal remedies, they are the most effective medicines for chronic health concerns.
If you’re going to brew tea for medicinal purposes, you want to get the most out of the herb.
There are essentially two ways to prepare the perfect cup of herbal tea: an infusion, in which the herbs are steeped, and a decoction, in which the herbs are simmered for a period of time.
Use organic herbs whenever possible. Your tea is going to be only as good as the herbs you put in it. If you’re gathering fresh herbs in the wild, be absolutely certain they have not been sprayed or exposed to pesticides or pollution, such as those growing alongside a road.
Herbal teas can be drunk hot, at room temperature, or iced. They can be made into popsicle or ice cubes with fresh fruit and flowers and used to flavor festive holiday punches.
How To Make Herbal Teas
1 cup of water
Honey to taste
Step 1. Boil the water
Step 2. Put 1 teaspoon of the herbs in a tea cup and add 1 cup of boiling water and let it steep while covered for 10 -15 minutes. If using herbal roots such as ginger, you may need to steep it for up to 20 minutes.
Step 3. Add honey to suit your taste before drinking.
Rules of Thumb
For an infusion: Pour boiling water over the herbs. Stir well, cover the pot, and steep 10 to 30 minutes.
For a decoction: Add the herbs to boiling water and stir well. Cover the pot and simmer on low heat from 20 to as long as 60 minutes, if, for example, you’re using large, whole roots such as ginseng.
Infuse or Decoct?
Infusions, like teas, are made by steeping herbs in hot (or sometimes cold) water. They are stronger, more concentrated preparations, allowing you to give smaller doses. To make an infusion, bring 1 quart of water to a boil. Remove from heat, stir in ½ to 1 ounce dried herbs, or 1 to 2 ounces fresh; cover and let steep 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending upon the strength desired. Strain, then drink. The usual dosage for an infusion is anywhere from ¼ cup to 1 cup two to four times daily, or sipped throughout the day as needed.
An infusion is the better technique for brewing teas when leaves, flowers, or crushed berries or seed