First you need to make your blend of herbs.
I began with a simple blend of my favorite herbs.
1 Cup Hibiscus
½ cup Raspberry Leaf
¼- 1/3 Cup Rose Hips
2 tsp Spearmint
1 tsp Ginger Root
This was my first blend I made last Spring. We adore this tea! We had it hot and cold all summer long.
Once you have blended each herb in a glass bowl. Mix it all well than add it to a fun jar. I only use glass now as it preserves the herbs longer and for herbs more sensitive to light. I spray paint or use fabric on the outside to keep the light out. The basic mason jar is also wonderful.
Mix your own blends. I would LOVE to hear what you come up with!
Lastly you can make a label. Crafting is my thing so I have a Big Shot with lots of Label cut outs. With some background paper in the printer your ready to print your own! I love this tool as it is so strong it can cut through medal, leather, and many layers of cardstock! So worth the investment!
Now that you have your blend of tea, your ready to brew!
First I use a tea strainer from Bulk Herb Store, and my favorite teacup which the rim is larger than a simple mug. So I have to put a spoon to hold the strainer into place so the herbs don’t go into my water. I also will add my honey and tincture into the cup so when the hot water 212 degrees or more, is poured into the cup the 2 will mix well.
Once you have your boiling water it is important to pour the water OVER the herbs. This allows the herbs to absorb and get a complete and balanced extraction.
If you put your blend into a tea bag, you would just have it sit in the cup but again pour the water over the tea bag.
Next you want the tea to steep. When you purchase your herbs or if you have grown them, look on the website to see good steeping time. Each herb is unique in this area so you will want to maybe put that on your label too. The above recipe I steep for 15 minutes.
Now cover your teacup. After a few minutes, it’s not just water that is acting on the herbs. The water itself changes as the herbs infuse into it. Depending on what compounds are first released, the water can become a mild acid or base, which in turn affects the release of other compounds in the herbs.
The act of covering your tea insures warmth, a full extraction, and that the essential oils of the herbs (which are amazing) stays in your cup. This is why there are different times of steeping for different herbs to reach their full potency.
Once you have your tea all extracted, you can compost your blend. We give ours to our horses and if all the herbs are safe, we will offer to our bunnies and dog as well. We never waste a drop!
Like with all organic herbs and essential oils you need to take precautions for your own knowledge. We recommend you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products especially if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
Now enjoy your wonderful gift from the Lord of all HIS goodness! His herbs are truly a gift to us!
Love deeper, talk sweeter, and enjoy making and brewing your special tea!