How to Make Herbal Tea

How to Make Herbal Tea

This article gives a quick overview of how to make herbal tea, specifically with fresh herbs from the garden. By aromatherapist and garden herbalist Sharon Falsetto Chapman.

There’s nothing quite like a cup of tea in the garden on a sunny day! What’s even better, is picking the fresh herbs from your own garden and making your own herbal tea. You just need to consider a few things before getting started. Let’s take a quick look at what those might be and how to brew the perfect cuppa!

How to Make Herbal Tea from Fresh Herbs

Making herbal tea is both an art and science, much like learning to blend essential oils. You need to understand the therapeutic properties of the plant, in addition to both the aroma and taste of each plant. It’s much more than stuffing a store-bought herbal teabag in your cup for ten minutes or more.

You can make a simple “one-plant” tea. But the real creativity (and therapeutic value) comes in learning to blend different plants. If you understand the basics of essential oil blending, learning to blend an herbal tea should come quite easily to you.

This is a very basic, general checklist on how to make herbal tea from freshly gathered herbs from the garden. Think of it as your “blueprint” but something that needs your own input to make it shine:

  • Fill up a tea kettle with at least 2 cups of water (this is usually the minimum amount for most kettles to boil without damaging the kettle).
  • Add one tablespoon of fresh herbs to a tea pot with a built-in tea infuser or a portable tea infuser that you can place in your favorite teacup or mug.
  • Pour 8-oz. of boiling water to the teapot or over the tea infuser in your cup.
  • Allow to steep for no more than twenty minutes.*
  • Strain the herb and enjoy your tea!

*I recommend that you become familiar with different herbs for optimum steeping time for each one.

Looking for some herbal tea recipes? Check out Botanical Aromatherapy(TM) School! And check out our YouTube Channel for more tips on making herbal tea.

Herbs to Use to Make Herbal Tea

There are many different garden herbs which you can use to make herbal tea but some of my favorites include:

 

  • Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile)
  • Peppermint (Mentha × piperita)
  • Spearmint (Mentha spicata)
  • Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)
  • Rose (Rosa spp.)
  • Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
  • Rosemary (Salvia rosmarinus)
  • Sunflower (Helianthus annuus).

Tips on How to Make Herbal Tea

There are a few important things to remember when using fresh herbs that you’ve picked yourself for herbal tea. These include (but are not exhaustive):

  • Absolutely know – more than 100% know—that you’ve correctly identified the herb. Mistakes can literally be fatal.
  • Know which plant part is used to make herbal tea (each herb differs).
  • Do not use herbs which have been sprayed with insecticides, pesticides, or any other type of chemical.
  • Do not wild craft herbs from near roads, railway track lines, or any type of pollutant.

Uses for Herbal Teas

Herbal teas are made from many herbs. In addition, beyond making the perfect cuppa for drinking, you can use herbal teas in the bath and as a healing compress. Herbal teas have many uses and are relatively inexpensive. Just make sure that you source wisely. We highly recommend our herbal teas handcrafted from our own garden here at Sedona Aromatics!

And if you’re wondering what tea smells like as a scent, take a look at our sister journal, Stories of Scent, where we Describe Tea as a Scent!

About the Author:

The author of this article has been working in the health care industry since the 1990’s and in the aromatherapy industry since the 2000’s. She is a UK-certified aromatherapist, a NAHA Certified Professional Aromatherapist®, a gardener, and a certified herbalist with several years of study. She is also a botanical perfumer.

Sharon is both a published author and editor in aromatherapy, a consultant, and custom blend formulator. She is the author of Authentic Aromatherapy and the current chief editor of the NAHA Aromatherapy Journal. Sharon works from her garden studio in Sedona, Arizona, where she gardens and distills plants from her own aromatic gardens, surrounded by natural fauna and flora on an original pioneer homestead property.

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