How to Brew the Perfect Cup of Tea

Infusion

An infusion is a beverage made like a tea by combining hot water with medicinal herbs and steeping to extract their active ingredients.

Directions:

  • Use one (1) Tablespoon [recommended amount may vary] of herb per cup of water.
  • Using a glass, porcelain or stainless steel pot, put the dry herb into the pot and pour hot water over the herbs.
  • Cover the pot with a tight-fitting lid.
  • Steep for 5-15 minutes.
  • Strain the infusion to drink.

Note: longer steeping generally extracts more of the herbs’ active and non-active constituents.

Decoction

A decoction is used to extract primarily the mineral salts and bitter principles of an herb and is used to prepare tea from roots or barks.

Directions:

  • For leafy herbs, use (1) Tablespoon [amount may vary] plant parts per cup of water.
  • Using a glass, porcelain or stainless steel pot, bring the water to boiling, turn down to simmer and add the herbs. Simmer 3-4 minutes, remove from heat and steep covered for 2-10 minutes.
  • Strain and drink.
  • For roots and stems of herbs, use (1) Tablespoon plant parts per cup of water.
  • Using a glass, porcelain or stainless steel pot, bring the water to boiling, turn down to simmer and add the herbs. Simmer for 10-20 minutes, remove from heat and steep covered for 5 minutes.
  • Strain and drink.

References:

Lise Alschuler, ND. Patient Handout, Bastyr Center for Natural Health

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