I strongly urge you to try a different teas every day. In the end, your taste buds will appreciate the herbs’ healing effects and their natural fruity, woody and spicy flavors. But before your take your first sip of tea, keep the following in mind:

  1. Try long brews for roots and leaves — this will boost the tea’s potency.
  2. Delicate flowers and leaves should not be boiled, as this can reduce their medicinal properties. A longer steeping time, 10 minutes up to 2 hours, will yield a stronger tea with more beneficial properties.
  3. Avoid steeping caffeinated tea (black, green, or white) in water that’s too hot or for longer than 7 minutes, as this will result in a bitter, unsavory brew and higher caffeine content. Consider steeping for 3 to 7 minutes, depending on how strong you like your tea.
  4. Serve steeped tea hot or iced. If you wish, add sweetener, lemon or spices to taste.
  5. Consult your health practitioner if pregnant or nursing to establish which teas are safe for you and your baby.

Herbal teas are healing, hydrating and soothing. Making your own fresh tea from whole plant parts can be very rewarding, and fresh teas usually have stronger healing properties and are less expensive than prepackaged tea bags.