Men’s Medicinal Herb Tea

Learn to prepare infusions or decoctions to make this nourshing men’s vital-a-tea.

| March 2018

Herbal medicine has been skyrocketing popularity in recent years, but despite its wide appeal, it has largely overlooked the unique needs of men. Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Healing for Men (Storey, 2017) profiles 29 herbs with a run-down of their particular benefits for the male system and a variety of suggested uses and preparation tips. Gladstar, long celebrated for her wealth of herbal knowledge and inventive recipes, has customized dozens of simple and effective formulas for men.

Purchase this book from the Mother Earth Living store: Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Healing for Men.

There are whole books devoted to the art of making tea. In fact, I’ve written many pages myself on this subject. But suffice it to say it’s probably the easiest preparation you can make in the kitchen. If you’ve never cooked a thing in your life, trust me, you can make a good cup of medicinal tea. There are two basic methods used for brewing herbs for medicinal purposes: infusions and decoctions.

Method I: Infusions

Leaves, flowers, and other plant parts rich in aromatic oils and other heat-sensitive constituents require infusing or steeping, as opposed to simmering, because simmering them would cause rapid loss of those constituents. Simply boil 1 quart of water per 1 ounce of herb (or 1 cup of water per 1 tablespoon of herb), pour the hot water over the herb, cover, and let steep for 30 to 60 minutes.

That’s the general idea, but the exact proportion of water to herb and the required time to infuse varies greatly depending on the herb. Start out with the above proportions and then experiment. The more herb you use and the longer you let it steep, the stronger the brew. Let your taste buds and your senses guide you. And remember, for medicinal teas you want a stronger brew.

Infusion Tips
While every herb is different, here are a few tips for making the perfect infusion:

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