Herbs

 

Tips for growing and using common herbs.

Click the name of any herb for information on growing the herb plus medicinal, cosmetic and culinary uses.

     
                                                     

How to Make an Herbal Tea

To make an herbal tea, first bring some cool water to a boil.  While waiting for the water to boil, fetch a non-mental container that will be used to brew the tea.  A quart mason jar works nicely for this purpose.  You do not want to use a metal container since the metal may interfere with the purity and taste of the tea.

Add 2 tablespoons of fresh (or 1 tablespoon of dried herb or crushed seed) to the empty pot or jar for each cup of water.  Then, and this is the important part, add an extra 2 tablespoons of fresh (or 1 tablespoon of dried) herbs “for the pot.”  So, for example, if you are making 2 cups of hot tea, you would use 6 tablespoons of fresh herbs or 3 tablespoons of dried herbs.

Pour the boiling water over the herbs and let them steep, covered, for about 5 minutes give or take.  There is no  exact time since everyone’s strength preference is different.  When ready, strain the herbs and pour the tea into a cup.  At this point you may want to garnish your  cup of tea with honey, citrus fruits or additional herb sprigs.

For iced tea, increase the quantity of herbs in the basic recipe by 1-1/2 to allow for dilution from the melting ice.