Pictured – Herbal Tea
By: Kathy Sadowski, Master of Science Degree in Aromatherapy, Registered Aromatherapist, LMT, RYT
It is very easy to brew delicious herbal tea from fresh and dried herbs. First, choose your favorite herbs to keep handy. Use fresh organically grown herbs from the garden. Store herbs in sealed jars.
12 Great Herbs for Making Herbal Tea
- Ginger root – to aid digestion
- Chamomile flowers – to calm and relax
- Cinnamon sticks – to awaken and heat
- Dandelion leaf, flower, and root – to detox
- Echinacea root – for immunity strengthening
- Fennel seeds – for digestive needs
- Lemon balm leaves – to relax and unwind
- Mint leaves – for congestion, indigestion, and alertness
- Red clover flowers – for menopausal issues
- Rose petals – to calm the heart
- Lavender flowering tops – for peace and a good night’s sleep
- Ginseng root – for memory and good health
Preparing the Herbs
- Heaver plant parts like roots, seeds, and coarse bark such as cinnamon sticks, star anise, and black pepper, are generally added to boiled water and simmered for 10-20 minutes.
- Lighter plant parts such as leaves should be infused in water that is slightly less hot than boiling for 6-9 minutes.
- Very delicate plant parts such as blossoms and flower petals should be steeped in hot water that wont burn your finger for 3-5 minutes.
Helpful Hints for Brewing Tasty Herbal Tea
- Use spring or distilled water.
- Do not over-boil water – minerals can over-concentrate.
- Use about 1 tsp of dried herbs or 2 tsp of fresh herbs per 8 ounces of water.
- Diffuse loose herbs in just-boiled water 4-10 minutes.
- Do not use an aluminum or cast iron pot to brew herbs.
- Strain loose herbs immediately after diffusing.
- Avoid over-steeping, which can bring out a bitter flavor.
- For a stronger flavor, use more herbs instead of steeping longer.
- OR – crush fresh herbs in a pestle to bring out a stronger flavor.
- For iced tea – allow strained brew to cool before pouring over ice.
Herbal Tea Recipes
Coriander Tea for an Upset Stomach
Red Clover Tea
Fresh Flower Tea
Raspberry Iced Tea
Dandelion Detox Tea
Brain Pick Me Up Tea
Feverfew Headache Tea