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After a particularly stressful day nothing soothes like a cup of fresh herbal tea. Chamomile is in full bloom at my house and we have been picking and drying it each morning as the blooms are open and fresh. I dry most for the long, dark, cold winter days so I can smell, taste and remember what spring will bring back. Here is how to make a fresh herb tea:

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3 Tablespoons Chamomile and Mint
1 sprig Sweet Woodruff

1. After harvesting fresh herbs give them a quick rinse in cool water and blot on a towel.
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2. Chop them finely and measure.  The basic fresh herb to water ratio is 2 tablespoons for every 4 ounces of water. Dried herb to water is 1 tablespoon for every 4 ounces.

3. Bring enough water to a boil to fill your cups. Your water should not come to a rolling boil it should hit the point where just a few big bubbles break the surface.
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4. Steep the herbs for 3-5 minutes. Do not over steep. If you want your tea stronger then use more herbs.
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5. Pour the tea through a strainer into a warmed cup and add honey, sugar, or lemon if desired.

The cup shown in the pictures above is a Kati Tea Brewing System by Tea
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We brew pots of tea with a French Press. It is sold as a coffee pot but it works nice for loose tea as well.

Note of caution: Herbs used for tea should not be sprayed with any pesticides to avoid human consumption of pesticides.

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