Andrew Pacholyk MS L.Ac ~
* 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.