Leave the Tea to Me
To make a tea, choose one of two methods with selection depending on the plant part utilized. For a weak tea, steep for a minimum amount of time; for stronger tea, steep as long as possible. The amount of material needed varies, but it’s not an exact science. About 1-2 tablespoons of fresh herbs or a ½ tablespoon dried is usually sufficient for adults.
INFUSION: Leaves, stems and flowers Bring water to a boil and pour over crumbled, dried material or finely chopped fresh material. Cover and steep 15 minutes or longer. Strain, if desired.
DECOCTION: Roots, bark and some seeds Finely chop material and add to a saucepan. Cover with cold water. Heat to a boil, then simmer up to 15 minutes. Strain, if desired.