How to Make a Perfect Cup of Tea
Beeyoutiful announced this month the recent purchase of MoreThanAlive.com. Along with the company came an inventory of great herbs and other amazing products such as bulk foods, scarves and hair sticks, to name just a few.
If you are like me, I have used teas my entire life, but the concept of using herbs was less familiar to me. Thankfully, this summer I began studying for my Master Herbalist Certification and have almost completed the Family Herbalist portion of the course. With my interest in herbs already piqued, I was more than excited to discover we would be acquiring herbs in our new product line!
When beginning in the world of herbs, all the new options and information can seem overwhelming. My suggestion is to start small and learn about each herb, one at a time, and discover how it works. Then tackle the next one that strikes your fancy.
One of my personal favorites is Spearmint. It’s a deliciously minty herb with a lovely aroma that makes a perfect tea for all year round. It is lovely served warm, or chilled over ice. While Spearmint is historically known to be very beneficial to aid in digestion, we find it is delightfully refreshing for general use. Don’t wait for a tummy ache to an excuse to try out Spearmint!
Rule of Thumb for Herbal Tea
1 teaspoon of loose herbs
8 oz of freshly boiled distilled water
Steep for 5-20 minutes depending on the strength desired.
You will want to use distilled water because it is what is known as a “hungry” water. All the minerals and nutrients that can be found in water have been distilled out and it is ready to receive the nutrients from the herb. This allows you to get the maximum benefit from your herbal tea.
For more information on the use of herbs and their many benefits, I highly suggest browsing the selection of books we have available to learn more. If you have questions about herbs, feel free to send me an email; I’d love to hear from you!
~ Mary Ewing