Many people enjoy the taste of teas, their effects and benefits for the body, in addition to the heat that emanates from the drink, especially on colder days. But did you know that there are correct ways to prepare teas? Even if you use the wrong form, you can damage the flavor and even the properties of the tea. Check below how to properly prepare tea.
The method of preparation known as herbal tea is done by boiling water as an initial step, and then you must add the herbs, cover and boil for another five minutes. Turn off the heat then and wait a few minutes, then consume.
Infusion is a very common method of making teas. In a container, place the herbs and set aside. In another, add the water and bring to a boil until it boils. When that happens, turn off the heat and pour the water over the herbs we’ve reserved earlier. Cover the container and let the infusion stand for a period determined by the material used for the tea. When they are flowers and leaves, let them rest for 10 minutes, while when they are stalks, roots and bark, let them rest for 20 to 30 minutes.
The way of making teas known as decoction deals with the herbs and cold water being boiled together. In a container, add the still cold water and herbs. Put it on the fire and wait for it to come to a boil. When it reaches the boiling point, we must follow the rule depending on the material used to prepare the tea: when it comes to leaves and flowers and buds, it must be allowed to boil for a maximum of 10 minutes. If you are using roots, bark and stalks, cut them into pieces and cook for a period of between 15 and 20 minutes. Then turn off the heat and keep the container closed for a few minutes after the boiling period.
To prepare the tea through steeping, soak the herbs in a container of cold water for a period between 10 and 24 hours, also varying according to the material used to prepare the tea. If they are leaves, flowers and buds, leave them for a period between 10 and 12 hours. As for the stalks, bark and roots, cut into small pieces before soaking, and leave for approximately 24 hours. Then macerate the material. In this way, the therapeutic properties are kept intact, as the material is not cooked.
Form of consumption
The teas can be taken at any time of the day, but it is most effective when consumed in the morning, on an empty stomach, and also in the evening before going to sleep.