Learning how to make herbal tea can seem simple at first, but because there are so many varieties of herbal teas, one recipe hardly fits all. This page was created to teach you how to make the perfect cup of herbal tea, which can help you relax, rejuvenate and lots more.
There are many health benefits associated with specific herbal infusions or tisanes, many of which make great relaxation drinks.
Rosemary Herbal Tea
Rosemary leaves can act as a tonic and help reduce Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS). Enjoy a cup of rosemary tea before lunch and before dinner two days before your period for maximum benefits.
How to Make Herbal Tea for PMS Relief
Follow these directions to make a PMS relief tisane.
- 1. Place 5 ml (1 teaspoon) of dried rosemary leaves in your cup.
- 2. Add 250 ml of boiling water (1 cup).
- 3. Cover with a lid, saucer or plate and let steep for 10 to 15 minutes.
- 4. Enjoy while warm.
How to Make Herbal Tea for Headache Relief
Ginger tea can help relieve tension headaches, indigestion or congested sinuses. Its effectiveness against digestive problems is largely due to its active ingredient called gingerol. Gingerol helps with the neutralization of stomach acids and tones the muscles of the digestive tract.
Good news for pregnant women: ginger tea is a good remedy against morning sickness and it will not harm the fetus.
- 1. Grate enough fresh ginger to produce 10 ml (2 teaspoons) of ginger.
- 2. In a pot, bring 400 ml (1 1/2 cup) of water to a boil with the freshly grated ginger.
- 3. Let it boil for 5 minutes, then turn off the heat and let it steep for another 10 minutes.
- 4. Pour in a cup and sip slowly while inhaling the steam as you drink the ginger infusion.
How to Make Chamomile Tea
While this particular herbal tea can brag about being the first ever herbal tea (as documented in 1550 BC), it can also brag about being here to stay.
How to Make Herbal Tea – Rooibos Tea
Rooibos originates from South Africa and is also known as Red Bush Tea or Red Tea. Its worldwide popularity started during World War II when Japanese and Chinese tea supplied became unavailable.
This caffeine-free alternative to tea has since become another favorite and is slowly becoming more and more popular in Canada and the United States.
How to Make Dandelion Tea
If you do not use pesticide on your lawn, you can use the dandelion roots from your yard. If not, you can always buy some from your local natural health store. Dandelion tea is a mild diuretic that helps cleanse the liver.
To prepare it, take about 8 g (0.02 lb) of dandelion root (which you can pre-roast for added flavor) and add 500 ml of water (2 cups). Let it simmer for 10 minutes and enjoy.
How to Make Tulsi Tea for Flatulence and Stress Relief
Tulsi tea is also known as Holy Basil. It can help reduce cortisol levels (the well-known stress hormone) and bring you in a more relaxed state. Dried leaves can be used to relieve flatulence and the sensation of fullness.
To prepare it, add 2 ml (1/2 teaspoon) of dried leaves to 250 ml (1 cup) of boiled water.
How to Make Herbal Tea for Stomachache Relief
Peppermint tea can help soothe the stomach and improve digestion. Here is how to prepare peppermint herbal tea:
- 1. Bring water to a boil.
- 2. For each 250 ml (1 cup) of water, use 5 ml (1 teaspoon) of peppermint tea.
- 3. Enjoy after a large meal.
How to Make Herbal Tea – Yerba Mate Tea
Mate is a South American drink that can be used to energize the body and mind. It was introduced to the rest of the world as a substitute for coffee because of its stimulating effects. It has a very different taste to say the least but you should give it a try to experience the stimulating effects first-hand.
- 1. Warm up water to about 71 – 82°C. DON’T bring it to a boil. (160 – 180 °F)
- 2. For each 250 ml (1 cup) of water, use 5 ml (1 teaspoon) of Yerba Mate tea.
- 3. Drink and enjoy your added energy!
Unsure about which mate to try first?
Here’s a Mate Sampler