Herbal Tea: What's the Big Deal?

Herbal Tea: What's the Big Deal?

At Herbal Embrace we create dried blends of medicinal herbs and spices for making herbal tea, also known as infusions or tisanes. Every blend is naturally caffeine-free. Every ingredient is certified organic or wildcrafted sustainably by us.


The tea we drink skips digestion and provides nutrients straight to the blood-stream. This is a powerful way to infuse the body with the building blocks it needs to repair itself, whether dealing with illness, injury, chronic conditions, or specific times of headache, stress, sleeplessness, etc. The very act of pausing from your to-do list to make tea and drink it is an important step to being more grounded and present in your daily life.


As an herbalist, I recommend my clients drink at least 1 quart of herbal tea per day to get benefits quickly.


How to make an herbal infusion: 1 tablespoon dry cut herbs for every pint of water. Boil water, let it rest for about 5 minutes, and then pour it over the herbs. Allow to steep for 5-20 minutes, or up to 8 hours. After that I strain and store in the refrigerator if I am not drinking it right away.

 

To make a stronger tea, called a decoction, you can simmer the the lowest heat possible for 20-30 minutes before straining. This is more commonly done in the preparation of medicinal syrups and external applications, but I also routinely do this with Red Raspberry Leaf tea during the last week of pregnancy. This is an excellent method for extracting nutrients from high-silica herbs like Oat Tops, Oat Straw, Horsetail, etc.


In the summertime, I like to make up a ½ to 1 gallon of Sun Tea every day and have it available for my family to drink throughout the day. I simply measure my herbs into a half-gallon jar, fill with water, cap, and put out in the sun for 1-2 hours before straining. A great way to save energy or cooking fuel PLUS get the energetic benefits of the sun.


My favorite “multivitamin base” for teas is a combination of Red Raspberry Leaf, Alfalfa, and Nettles. After that it’s whatever I need that day. For example…


Calming teas: chamomile, lemon balm, catnip, hops, skullcap, marshmallow


Stimulating & tasty teas: peppermint, spearmint, lemongrass, hibiscus


Immunity teas: rose hips, elderberries, red rooibos, ginger


Don’t want to mix your own? Check out our Herbal Tea Collection!

 

Reach out to us on the Contact page about Custom Herbal Tea blends.


DISCLAIMER: all information presented is for educational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Please consult a competent medical practitioner before making any changes to your health. Please seek the most up to date guidelines on safety during pregnancy, breastfeeding, and small children.

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