Herbal tea is the most common way herbs are used in this day and age. An herbal hot infusion (a hot teacup) works by extracting the compound’s nutrients within minutes, unlike cold infusions. Before we dive deeper, let’s go over some benefits of tea.Teas are made by infusion or decoction, depending on what plant parts you are using and what constituents you wish to extract from them.During this post, you will learn a little about tea, lol. If you have any questions, please feel free to let me know. If you are interested in learning about herbs, join my Patreon. This will be a short post to get my feet wet! I will be posting a lot more moving into the new year!
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Jumping back into the herbs lets talk about infusions.
The term infusion comes from the Latin word under the meaning “to pour in. The ratio most often used is 1 to 2 tablespoons of herb to 1.5 cups of water, though this will naturally depend on how strong you prefer your tea. To prepare an infusion, you can use a vessel such as a teapot, French press, mason jar, or teacup with a lid. It is super important that your jar has a cover to limit volatile essential oils that evaporate with the water.
A decoction is a concentrated form of a hot infusion or tea. This can be a beneficial method for herbs that don’t give up their useful chemicals easily or for woody parts or roots. Combine a tablespoon of tea per cup of cold water in a lidded saucepan.
Why are teas a better choice?
Teas are a better choice than alcohol-based tinctures for extracting the minerals from mineral-rich herbs ( (Urtica dioica), chickweed, (Stellaria media), violet (Viola sororia)
Teas are also a better choice than alcohol-based tinctures for extracting mucilage from mucilaginous or demulcent herbs,( slippery elm (Ulmus rubra), marshmallow (Althaea Officinalis), corn silk (Zea mays), violet (Viola spp.),
Teas are a better choice than tinctures for those who want or need to avoid alcohol.
Different Kinds Of Tea:
- White Tea- fights cancer, high in antioxidants, good for teeth
- Green Tea- may have impact on liver, breast and colorectal cancers
- Black Tea- helps with inflammation, helps immune system
- Chamomile Tea- helps relax the body, calms the mind
- Oolong Tea-helps lower inflammation, prevents cancer growth and helps decrease type 2 diabetes
- Peppermint- good for digestion, gas, and upset stomach
Teas to be avoided:
Detox teas made for fad diets that suggest you will quickly lose weight. These teas often come laced with laxatives that can be harmful to your health.
Fancy tea lattes and drinks from your favorite chain store. While some of these drinks, such as a green tea latte, may appear healthy, they are loaded with sugar.
Trendy bubble teas are also loaded with sugar, calories, and carbs and have little to no nutritional value.
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