Begin by allowing yourself the time to enjoy tea. Engage the ceremony of brewing loose tea. Brew with good clean water, recognize what’s happening as the herbs release their unique essence into the water. Taste the subtle flavors that Nature has so patiently imbued into these health promoting teas and tisans — sit, breathe, sip — acknowledge the love in life.
The art and ceremony of loose tea calls you deeper into yourself and into this moment of life. You are present with the preparation, the brew, the sipping and the breathing. As you scoop out the herbs, get to know them by taking a moment to look at them — each one has it’s own nature. You can tailor the strength and taste by varying the amount of tea you scoop into the tea pot or tea ball and by how long you let it steep.
Use natural sweeteners like organic Honey or Maple Syrup if you Like.
When filling your tea ball, leave enough room in the tea ball to allow the herbs to ‘swell’ as they steep. This will allow for a better release of herbal properties.
To make iced tea, just brew as you would when making hot tea, let the herbs steep at least 15 minutes, or longer if you prefer it stronger, then chill and enjoy.
Keep tea fresher longer by storing in airtight containers, keep free of moisture and out of sunlight.
Water quality affects how tea will taste. We recommend pure spring water. The mineral content and lack of pollutants, such as chlorine and fluoride, simply tastes better with good quality organic herbs.
Herbal Tea Infusions
Infusions are medicinally potent water based herbal preparations. Infusions are steeped for a longer period of time then a cup of tea. Resulting in a much darker, richer and thicker tonic. Making Infusions is a great way to increase the medicinal and nutritional content of herbal tea.
To prepare an infusion you'll need a pint or quart jar or a French press.
Typically, one ounce (about a cup by volume) of dried herb is placed in a quart jar, which is then filled to the top with hot water, tightly lidded and allowed to steep for 4-10 hours. After straining, a cup or more is consumed, and the remainder is chilled to slow spoilage. Drinking 2-4 cups a day is common. Since the minerals and essential vitamins in herbs are made more accessible by drying, dried herbs are considered best for infusions.
It’s essential to use pure water. The water you use will affect the quality and flavor of your infusion. We recommend pure spring water. The mineral content and lack of pollutants, such as chlorine and fluoride, simply tastes better with natural organic herbs.
Place a large handful of herbs into a jar, at least enough to cover the bottom of the jar. Turn your teapot on until it just about boils, pour the hot water up to the rim of the jar, cover with a lid, in the morning strain the herbs out. Drink your Infusion throughout the day. You can add a touch of fresh lemon or a dab of honey to enhance the herbal properties in your infusion.
Be sure to store the remaining infusion in the refrigerator. If you don not drink all of it within 2-3 days, any left over infusion can be used to water your houseplants.
You may find it convenient to make your infusion at night before going to bed, that way you'll have a wonderful, potent health tonic ready for you in the morning!
Enjoy & happy tea drinking!