Cool weather makes one want a nice cup of hot tea, and an herbal tea will not only warm the soul but it will boost your immune system as well.
To Make A Tea:
Place one teaspoon of dried herbs in a tea bag, a tea egg, or loose in a cup and pour hot water over the herb, cover and let steep for five minutes. Remove bag or egg if using. Sweeten with honey & add a shot of fresh lemon juice, if desired.
Yes, teas are that simple. By covering the tea while it steeps, you are keeping the essential oils in the tea. Otherwise, the essential oils can evaporate into the air along with the steam. Also, you can substitute a tablespoon of fresh herbs for the dried herbs.
You can also add herbs such as lemon balm and mint to any green or black tea while it steeps. This not only adds flavor that is just scrumptious, but it adds lots of health benefits, too- such as boosting the immune system, relieving stress, calming the nerves, and calming the digestive tract.
Another tip to improve the flavor of you tea, is to heat the water just till the boiling point. Then remove the water from heat and pour over the tea. By doing so, the water will contain more oxygen and this leads to a less bitter tea.
A great combination for a tea to boost the immune system and brighten your mood, is lemon verbena, lemon balm, pineapple sage, and sage. It tastes great and makes the body feel good.
Herbs are easy to grow and easy to use, every one should be growing some. Even if all you have room for is a pot of mint on a window sill, you will benefit from it.
Herbs Make The Difference!