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:
1. After harvesting fresh herbs give them a quick rinse in cool water and blot on a towel.
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.
4. Steep the herbs for 3-5 minutes. Do not over steep. If you want your tea stronger then use more herbs.
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
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.