How to Make Herbal Tea with Loose Leaf

When I started on my healing journey, I started getting frustrated because it seemed like I was just removing things from my diet. “Well, what can I eat and drink then? I don’t want to just eat rabbit food!” I quickly discovered what I could eat, but I struggled a while with what I could drink. I love water, but I don’t just want water all the time.

Before my healing journey, I drank soda and juices. You might be thinking that juices are healthy....right. Some are...but most of them are loaded with sugar! I am always looking for juices with 9 grams or less, which is very difficult when it comes to juice. So what to drink?

Then when I was in school, I took a few herbal medicine classes and it changed my life. I live on herbal teas now. I have a wide variety that I can drink throughout the day.

Single vs Blends

When making tea should you just use one herb or blend them together? This all depends on you! Most of the time I prefer to just do one or two herbs. Every once in a while I will blend more together. I like to see what that one herb can do at a time. Some herbalists love being creative and create blends.

Also, it depends on the herbs themselves. One of my favorite herbs is Licorice Root. I absolutely love the benefits Licorice Root has to offer (I will talk about this in a later blog post). However Licorice Root is way too sweet for me, so I try and pair it with something a little more earthy or bitter, like Burdock Root or Dandelion Root.

One other thing to take into consideration is a lot of herbs can be drying. I, myself tend to be on the dry side, so I will sometimes add demulcent herbs to help out with that. Demulcent herbs like Licorice Root, Burdock Root, Mullein, and Marshmallow.

Okay, so how do you make herbal tea with loose leaves?

This recipe is for a standard cup of tea. There are a few herbs out there that the dosages are different and you will need less herb. Most of the herbs I will be sharing on this blog will be safe to use in the standard herbal tea method. If it’s not I will let you know. If you are trying an herb on your own, please do your own research to find out what the dosage should be.

What you will need:

-1 teaspoon herb of your choice

-1 cup of water

-An infuser or strainer

-Kettle or pan

Instruction with Infuser:

  1. Bring water to a slight boil.

  2. Put herb in the infuser.

  3. Pour water into a mug.

  4. Dunk the infuser into a cup and let it steep for 5 to 10 minutes.

  5. Enjoy!

Instructions without Infuser:

  1. Bring water to a slight boil.

  2. If you are using a pan, turn the heat off and add the herb to the pan. If you are using a kettle, add both the water and herb to a mug. Let the herb steep for 5 to 10 minutes.

  3. Then strain the tea with a strainer into a mug (or another mug).

  4. Enjoy.

Pretty easy and simple, huh?

My favorite herbs to make herbal teas with are nettle, dandelion, oat straw, and red clover. They are packed with nutrients.

What herbal tea is your favorite?


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