5 IDEAS FOR AROMATIC HERBAL TEA

Herbs are great plants, as they have so many uses. Although most aromatic herbs can be used for cooking and medicinal purposes, sometimes the aroma is all you need.

Herbal teas can be divided into two categories: they are made using one type of fresh or dried herb or available as blends of herbs.

To be precise, both categories are actually herbal infusions and thus tea-like beverages, as the traditional tea plant itself is not involved. Herbal teas are traditional favourites in many countries and are prized for their taste and effect.

A massage for our soul, nature’s chemist, indulgence for those who take care of their bodies and refreshment for those battling the hectic of everyday life: herbal teas and blends of herbs and spices are known to their fans by a variety of terms.

The infusion of herbs and spices has nothing to do with the preparation of the actual tea plant. The plants are processed in a variety of ways and prepared as a drink depending on the origin and characteristics of the respective plant. 

The result after the infusion is usually very aromatic and refreshing: the tea-like beverages made from natural ingredients are rich in constituents.

Rosemary

Rosemary has both a strong fragrance and a strong flavor. A little goes a long way. It makes an invigorating, pungent tea using either fresh or dry leaves. You will need about a teaspoon of leaves for each cup of tea. If the leaves are crushed, you may need less. It won't take long to steep and you can cut the strong tannin flavor with a sweetener.

Mint

Mint is a natural for making tea. The scent and flavor are both invigorating. Don't stop with just peppermint or spearmint. There are mints in just about every flavor you can think of, including rose, chocolate, and orange. The fresh leaves will yield the most flavor, but mints hold on to both their scent and flavor when dried, better than most herbs do. Start with just a few leaves and adjust to taste.

Lemon Balm

Lemon balm is in the mint family, so you get the sharpness of citrus with the cooling of mint. And since it is in the mint family, it grows in abundance. Fresh leaves work best, but you can use dried leaves for a more herbal flavor. You will need about a 1/4 of packed leaves per cup of tea. Tear them, before seeping, for the fullest flavor.

Lavender

Lavender has an intoxicating floral aroma that permeates the whole room when you make tea. The scent is thought to relax and relieve insomnia, so it's a great tea for the evening.2 Use the flower buds to make tea. You'll need a teaspoon or more per cup, per taste. Let it steep for five minutes or more to release its perfume.

Chamomile   

Chamomile tea is made from the daisy-like flowers of the German chamomile plant. It has a fruity, apple flavor and has long been used for treating all kinds of ailments and especially as a calming respite after a busy day. (It's even known for controlling damping off disease in plants.). You can use fresh or dried flowers and you'll need a teaspoon or two for every cup of tea.

(Source: www.thespruce.com)

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