A herbal infusion is one of the most
common and simplest way to make herbal tea. They are usually made
with the more tender parts of the plants like the leaves, flowers,
certain seeds and other non-woody parts of the herb. Other parts
like the bark, roots and rhizomes can be used if they are in powdered
forms. Nuts, hard seeds and buds can be used only after they have
been crushed or grounded.
To make herbal infusions:-
Warm up teapot with some boiling water
Pour out the boiling water, then place
the required amount of the herbs into the pot. Generally 1
tablespoon of fresh herbs or 1 teaspoon of dried herbs is used.
Pour the required amount of boiling water
over it. Generally about 1 cup of water is used. Herbal
infusions are never boiled in order not to destroy the delicate
volatile essential oils.
Cover the brew and remove from the heat.
Let it steep for 5-15 minutes.
Generally infusions made from leaves or roots should be left to steep
longer than those made from flowers. If fresh plants are used, it
tends to infuse much faster compared to dried plants. Therefore
if dried plants are used, let it steep for 1-2 more mins.
After steeping the herbal tea for the
appropriate amount of time, filter out the liquid
Allow it to cool then only start drinking
It is best to prepare fresh infusions
If you need to store the herbal infusion
for some amount of time, while it is still hot, strain the liquid out.
Pour it into an airtight glass container
that can be hermetically sealed
The bottles can also be sealed by using a
cork with a small hole pierced in it. Seal up the hole with hot
wax once the cork is in place.