Making a Cup of Tea

Learn how to prepare and infuse your tea.


  • Cold-infuse a tea with herbs for a cool summer drink.
    Photo by Charity Burggraaf
  • “Healing Herbal Teas” by Sarah Farr walks you through how to use herbs to make and customize tea for your health and enjoyment.
    Cover courtesy Storey Publishing

Herbal Healing Teas, by Sarah Farr, (Storey Publishing, 2016) serves up 101 tea recipes that are healthy for you and taste great. It can be easy and fun to create and customize teas for your enjoyment and health. This section from "The Tea-making Process" explains how to prepare and infuse your tea.

You can purchase this book from the Mother Earth Living store: Healing Herbal Teas

I like to drink several cups of tea each day in the fall and winter, and often drop down to just one cup a day as the weather warms up. During periods of increased stress, I have a successful protocol in which I drink a robust tea in the morning and restorative teas in the afternoon and evening. I try to be flexible, letting my body tell me what it needs and choosing teas based on how I feel. There are times when I consistently feel run down and crave a mushroom and root tonic every day for months. At some point I start to notice that I really need to take a break, and I switch to more simple blends.

I believe that seasonal teas are the way to go for long-term vitality, so at least once a day I try to drink the same teas I make for Bird’s Eye Tea, my monthly tea subscription service. These teas are designed to highlight seasonal ingredients and mediate seasonal stress.



If you are not experiencing a specific imbalance, let your body guide you toward the right teas for you, or choose teas that support your seasonal needs, health, stress levels, and energy. If you want to get the most out of a specific medicinal tea, drink one cup, two or three times daily. This is considered an effective dose for chronic or acute conditions. Drinking two or three cups throughout your day allows your body to slowly absorb the active constituents over a long period of time. In the case of acute infection, prepare and consume a strong tea as often as you can drink it.

Teas are made by infusion or decoction, depending on what plant parts you are using and what constituents you wish to extract from them. The following information will help you understand why and how different methods are used.



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