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  • Maria Chowdhury
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How to Brew Herbal Tea

How to Brew Herbal Tea

Teas are organoleptic, which is to say they stimulate our senses of taste, smell, sight, and touch all at the same time.

Brewing a good cup of  herbal tea is a simple art and an effective approach to dealing with acute and chronic health issues.

A daily ritual of brewing medicinal, herbal tea is more than just steeping a cup of leaves. It becomes a promise to ourselves to take a moment to focus inward. To brew a cup of tea is to invite the four elements—fire, water, earth, and air—into our bodies.

How to Brew Herbal Tea

It is much easier to make your therapeutic-quality herbal tea by the quart jar than to brew multiple cups a day. You’ll find several recipes for medicinal teas in my Herbs for Kids eBook, but just to start, here’s my simple guide to making your own teas:

  • To make a cup of herbal tea, use 1 tablespoon dried herbs or 2 tablespoons fresh herbs per 8 ounces of water. Add the herbs to the cup and pour boiling water over them. Cover and let steep 5-10 minutes. Strain and enjoy!
  • To make a quart of tea to enjoy throughout the day, place 4-6 tablespoons dried herbs (8-12 tablespoons fresh herbs) in a quart jar or teapot. Fill with boiling water, seal, and let steep at least 10-20 minutes. Strain, pressing to squeeze all the tea out, and enjoy!

The important thing is to not over-brew the tea. You want to get the medicinal compounds into the water but not "burn" it out.

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Herbal Tea Dosing

How much tea should your child drink? Well, that all depends on the health condition you are trying to change.

If it is an acute condition, like a fever, have your child drink small, frequent amounts until symptoms subside. In acute situations, it is much more effective to drink the age-appropriate amount of tea every 1/2 hour instead of 3 times daily.

For chronic or long-term conditions, drink the suggested amount of tea daily for a few weeks to see results. Allow your child’s body a few days of rest each week from your herbal routine.

Average Dosing by Weight

  • Up to 5 lbs. 1 tablespoon, 3 times daily
  • 5-15 lbs. 2 tablespoons, 3 times daily
  • 16-35 lbs. 1/4 cup, 3 times daily
  • 36-65 lbs. 1/2 cup, 3 times daily
  • 66-80 lbs. 3/4 cup, 3 times daily
  • 81-110 lbs. 1 cup, 3 times daily
  • Adult 1 cup, 3 times daily

You can find recipes and more tips in my new eBook, Herbs for Kids.

So tell me… Do you have any favorite tea recipes for when your family gets sick? I’d love to hear all about them in the comments below.

  • Maria Chowdhury
  • herbal teaherbsimmune boosting herbsmindfulnessNatural Remediesself careteawellness

Comments on this post (2)

  • Oct 03, 2016

    Learning about all the many gifts that herbs offer takes a life time. I clearly remember a friend picking some yarrow growing in the path to my house and making tea out of it so we wouldn’t get sick. And I had an ah ha moment that lots of the herbs were common plants that grew in our yards and they were not some exotic plant from some far way place. And that with a little time and attention I would be able to recognize them and know enough about them to keep me healthy:)

    — Maria

  • Sep 29, 2016

    I grew up with black tea as the primary choice of tea in the house. So naturally, we would drink that when we got sick, plus some honey and lemon. It’s amazing how much more different herbs and plants have to offer! And so many of us didn’t/don’t know they exist.. We have a ton to learn!

    — Yana

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