How to make a perfect herbal tea infusion.
The word 'tea' here is a bit of a misnomer. Tea in this context refers, not to camellia sinensis (who's various leaves are used to make make black tea, green tea and white tea) but to what a herbalist would call an infusion, tisane or ptisan. Making a herbal tea is effectively a method of extracting the active ingredients of a herb into an easy to digest form.
To make a perfect cup of herbal tea for one person,you will need a teapot or cafetiere, 750 ml of spring water (or filtered water will do) and enough top quality cut, dried herb depending on your herb of chioce and how strong you want your tea to be.
1. Bring all the water to the boil
2. Add roughly a third of the water to your empty, clean teapot or cafetiere, replace the lid and allow the vessel to warm for a few moments.
3. Empty the teapot of it's warming water and add the herbs. The amount you add will depend on which herbal tea you are making and how strong you want it but a good amount is usually about 2 heaped teaspoons.
4. Immediately pour over the remaining boiling water (make sure it is still boiling) and quickly and calmly put the lid on the teapot and cover with a tea cosy or other insulating cover.
5. Leave the tea for between 5 and 15 minutes allowing the herbs to infuse into the water.
6. Pour your delicious herbal tea into a clean cup, through a tea strainer and drink.
Larger volumes of herbal tea infusions can be stored for up to 3 days if kept covered and refrigerated