How to make a herbal infusion (tea)


This is the process of extracting chemical compounds of herbs using water by allowing the herb to steep over time.  This steeping process usually takes 10-20 minutes, but can be longer, depending on the herbs you’re using, and the results you want.  Herb roots, barks, leaves, seeds, berries, and flowers can all be made into herbal infusions.




  • Using approximately 1 teaspoon of dried herb, or 2 teaspoons of fresh herb, per cup of distilled (or filtered) water OR one ounce herb to a pint of water.
  • Put your water on heat, bringing it to a boil.  (If you are using herbs like peppermint, spearmint, or chamomile,  use warm water since these herbs contain highly volatile oils that you don’t want to get too hot.)
  • Place your herb into a cup or jar.
  • When your water is boiling pour it over the herb.  (If you put the herbs into the water and then bring it to a boil that will be too much heat and destroy most of the medicinal properties of the herbs.)
  • Cover and let sit for 10-20 minutes.  If you want a stronger infusion, you can let it steep longer- up to 8-12 hours, or overnight.  Doing this as a last thing before bed is a good idea – you can enjoy it the following day.
  • After steeping, strain the tea into a cup and add a little honey if you want.  For general purposes, let it cool a little and drink it warm (body temperature); but to induce sweating and to break up a cold or a cough, drink it hot.

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