The following information will help you to brew the perfect cup of tea every time, whether it's to make the medicine go down or for pure, simple enjoyment!
Warm your tea pot by adding very hot water to it and letting it sit for a few minutes while you are measuring out your herb. How much herb you use depends on how many cups your tea pot holds. Use 1 teaspoon of dried herb for each cup your pot will produce. For example, if your pot makes only 3 cups of tea, you will use only 3 teaspoons of herb.
Once you are ready to add your herb, empty the water out of the tea pot and place your herb in the pot strainer. If your tea pot has no built in strainer, place your herb into a tea bag, a tied muslin cloth, or directly into the bottom of the pot. Over this, fill your pot with rolling water (nearly boiling).
Use Rolling, Not Boiling Water
A full boil, unless called for in a specific recipe (such as when using bark), will cause your tea to become too acidic and bitter, destroying its health benefiting properties.
Instead, use a rolling boil, which is the stage right before boiling when you can hear the pressure in the tea pot, but it's not yet whistling.
If using a pan, the water is ready when you see tiny bubbles rising to the surface of the water or steam rising.
Place the cover on your teapot and let steep. Steeping time varies (see below under Tips on Steeping). Then, remove the strainer, bag or cloth and pour into cups. This particular method is perfect for being able to sip tea throughout the day. You may keep your tea warm on the stove, a warming element. Some tea pots may be kept warm with tea candles.
Making a Quick Cup at Home
Place 1 teaspoon of dried herb in a tea ball (or use a tea strainer as shown in the picture above). To this, add one cup of rolling hot water (not quite boiling). Cover and steep. Remove the tea ball or the strainer.
Easy Travel Cup
Place 1 teaspoon of dried herb into a tea bag or tied muslin cloth. Place bag in tea cup or mug. To this, add one cup of rolling hot water (not quite boiling). Cover and steep. Remove the tea bag or cloth.
Using Herb Capsules in a Pinch
When in a pinch, tea may also be made from herb supplement capsules by breaking the capsule open and placing in the bottom of your cup. Strain if necessary. Follow dosage directions the label as you would if you were taking the herb as a supplement. I have to warn you, this method rarely ever tastes as well as fresh or dried herbs. Still, it can be helpful when you are traveling and have no room for tea utensils or have no tea bags on hand.
Adding Milk & Sugar
Sorry. No sugar allowed when you are putting herpes in remission, except for one day each week (your treat day) and only within moderation, if at all. Also, some teas lose their medicinal qualities when milk and sugar are added. Try using organic Stevia instead, which is all-natural, contains no calories, is normally safe for diabetics and has no fishy after taste.
I've heard green Stevia is better than white. White Stevia has been processed and is known to have an after taste.
A bit of Lemon and raw locally grown Honey is usually fine to use, but some of the finer Green teas are too sensitive for Lemon.