Andrew Pacholyk MS L.Ac ~
Tea is the world’s most popular drink from Asian countries to the former Soviet Union and from South America to Alaska. Preparing different varieties of tea can be very easy with some simple tips.
* Herbal teas are the easiest form of herbal remedy for long term use. The herb’s powerful ingredients are either “infused” or “decocted” in water when made into teas.
* Infusion of teas: bring water to a boil, and add one-three teaspoons of herbs per cup with infuser or loose. Steep 5 minutes
* Decoction of teas: simmer for 45 minutes. Strain and enjoy.
* To really maximize the health benefits of tea, You should drink about 3-4 cups per day for most herbal teas. For green tea, a few more cups are advised.
* Don’t add milk or sugar to an herbal tea. While the taste will improve, the medicinal effects will be drastically reduced.
* To sweeten your tea, add a teaspoon of honey, maple syrup, apple juice, or better yet, Stevia.
* Most tea bags, although convenient, tend to have the “shavings” of the herb and not the leaf, twigs or roots of the herb.
* Loose leaf teas look and smell better and naturally disperse stronger flavor and medicinal properties better.
- Remember to steep leaf teas for up to 5 minutes, while roots and twigs (such as ginger or cinnamon) should steep a little longer.