Do you have a running nose? Do you feel tired after a hard day’s work at office? The solution to these problems lay in a simple cup of herbal tea. It has a number of qualities because of which it is considered to be the natural substitute for prescription medicines for cough and cold or fatigue. However, in order to experience its benefits, you have to know how to make it the right way. Here are some suggestions that can help you make the best and most effective natural tea as opposed to the usual green or black tea:
Before proceeding, it is important to mention some of the ingredients that would be required for the purpose. These include leaves of bags of the preferred herbal tea flavor, water and honey or sugar or any other sweetener.
Why do you require it: Natural tea comes in different flavors and so it is important to decide the reason for consuming it. For instance, if you want to relax, the primary ingredient in the beverage has to be chamomile. Again, if you are suffering from a severe cold and want to get rid of it, you have to go for one with ginger, eucalyptus, licorice root or cinnamon. For uplifting, spearmint, thyme and lavender are preferable.
Determine the total quantity: You cannot boil anything less than two cups in a kettle. Otherwise, your kettle can get boiled dry. Start boiling the water after the kettle is put on the stove.
Warm the pot as well as the cups gently: This can be done by running hot tap water on them in order to fill them with it. Each should then be covered by a lid so that the heat is not able to escape. The reason for doing so is to enable your drink to stay warm for a longer period of time.
Add the chosen flavored herbal tea: As you witness the water becoming really heated, you should know that it is time to pour out the warm water from the pot and add the leaf bags.
Steep for a minimum of five minutes: In case of other options like black tea, you have to be really careful because the bitter tannins are brought out by too much of steeping. However, such is not the case with herbal tea. Since they do not have too many tannins, you can steep them for five or even up to ten minutes. If you like your beverage really strong, use additional leaves instead of steeping for a longer period of time.
Strain if necessary: If loose leaves have been used by you which you do not like floating in the preparation, pour it into each cup through a strainer.
Add sweetener: You can use honey or sugar for taste. However, certain varieties of herbal tea are sweet naturally. That is why it is a good idea to taste each flavor separately in order to determine whether you really need honey or milk.
Now that you have been informed about how to make a steaming cup of tea, go ahead and prepare one to rejuvenate yourself.