How to Make Medicinal Teas




Most medicinal teas are to be taken regularly until balance is achieved. The proper medicinal strength is achieved by using 1 tablespoon of herb blend per cup of water (preferrably filtered water). It should be remembered by all who make and use medicinal teas, that these delicious, rich sources of minerals and antioxidents are fragile, and must be made fresh once each day for the best results. Also, fresh (recent, not old) herbs must be used in order to obtain the medicinal effects which are desired. Even for pleasure or beverage teas, the fesher the herbs, the more flavorful and rich the tea will be. Also, brewing just enough for one day will result in continually fresh, tasty brews!



Standard Infusion:


A Standard Infusion is a type of tea preparation which is used with teas which consist mainly of simpler parts of the plants (physically-speaking), such as flowers, stems, and leaves. These aerial parts of the plants (above ground parts) are less dense than seeds or roots, and their medicinal constituents are easily extracted by using the following directions.

Use 1 tablespoonful of herb or herb blend for each cup ( 8 fluid ounces) of water. Put herb into cold water and bring to a boil. As soon as the water begins to boil, cut heat and steep 15-20 minutes, with a lid covering the tea. After 15-20 minutes have elapsed, strain the tea though a fine-mesh strainer, and into your cup or storage vessel. Most medicinal teas need to be consumed three times each day for best results. (1 oz. of herb or tea blend will generally yield 6 - 10 cups of finished tea, depending upon the strength)




Decoction:


A Decoction is a type of tea preparation which is used when using parts of the plants which are more physically complex. Whenever a tea consists mostly or entirely of roots, rhizomes, barks, and seeds. Making a decoction form of tea is indicated. Follow the directions below for making a decoction.

Use 1 tablespoonful of herb or herb blend for each cup ( 8 fluid ounces) of water. Note the level of the liquid in the pot. Put herb into cold water and bring to a boil. As soon as the water begins to boil, turn down the heat, so that the herb is simmering at a low boil, and will not boil over. Look at a clock or watch to note the time, and let the herb blend continue to simmer for the next 5 to 15 minutes. After the determined amount of time has passed, turn off the heat, add enough more water to the tea to return the fluid level to where it was when you first placed the water into the pot. Stir and then cover with a lid. Let this tea steep for an additional 10-15 minutes. Strain the tea through a fine-mesh strainer, and into a cup or larger vessel.




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