5 Easy Steps to Make Herbal Tea Properly

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Most herbal teas are caffeine-free so they make great nighttime drinks. See how to make herbal tea from hibiscus to chamomile, properly, both hot and cold.

Chamomile tea in teapot

Herbal Tea

Herbal tea, also know as tisanes, are drinks made from steeping herbs, flowers, spices, or dried fruit in water.

  • Almost all herbal tea are caffeine-free. (Yerba mate is the exception.)
  • Since there’s no caffeine, you can drink it all day, into the evening without keeping you up at night.
  • Herbal tea is super easy to brew and doesn’t need to be as precise as making regular tea like black or green tea.

Herbal Tea Isn’t Real Tea

Herbals teas are not real tea since they don’t come from the camellia sinensis, the tea plant.

Real tea, like black tea and green tea, are made from leaves from the camellia sinensis plant, and they all contain caffeine.

Brewing Guide

BREW IT HOT
TEA: 
1.5 teaspoons herbal tea
WATER: 
1 cup (8 fl. oz.)
WATER TEMPERATURE: 
208°F
STEEP TIME: 
5 minutes

BREW IT COLD
TEA: 
1.5 teaspoons herbal tea
WATER: 
1 cup (8 fl. oz.)
WATER TEMPERATURE: 
Cold water
STEEP TIME: 
12 hours

Herbal Tea Tips

  • Loose herbal tea will always make a better tasting cup than herbals in tea bags.
  • Herbal tea doesn’t get bitter like black or green tea does when you steep it longer. If you want a stronger brew, steep it for longer than 5 minutes.
  • If you like herbal tea sweetened, try date syrup or honey as an alternative to sugar.

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What You’ll Need

How to Make It Hot

Making tea properly is all in the details.

There are 5 basic steps to making tea properly and this includes making herbal tea. These are all very easy steps.

STEP 1: Boil water.

See? So easy! Instead of tap water, boil filtered water for a better tasting cup of herbal tea.

Boil more water than needed since you’re going to need it for the next step.

STEP 2: Warm up teapot.

Pour some hot water into your teapot and swirl it around until the teapot is warm. Throw out the water.

I always include this step, which keeps the water hot when the tea brews in the teapot.

STEP 3: Put herbals into teapot and add hot water.

I like to use glass teapots when making herbal tea so I can see the pretty herbals.

STEP 4: Cover teapot and steep for 5 minutes.

Covering the teapot keeps the water hot while your herbal tea brews.

STEP 5: Strain and pour hot tea into a teacup.

Done and done!

How to Make It Iced

Cold brewing herbals to make iced tea will BLOW. YOUR. MIND. Ok, maybe that’s a TINY exaggeration, but try it, it is so good!

STEP 1: Put herbals and water in a pitcher or glass container.

STEP 2: Cover pitcher and put in refrigerator for at least 12 hours.

You can cold brew for up to 24 hours in the refrigerator.

STEP 3: Strain and pour tea into a cup.

Adding ice is optional since cold brewed tea is already chilled.

Herbal tea recipes

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