Infusion vs. Decoction  An infusion is an herbal tea made from the more delicate parts of the plant, like leaves and flowers. Infu...

How To Make Simple Herbal Teas at Home


Infusion vs. Decoction 

An infusion is an herbal tea made from the more delicate parts of the plant, like leaves and flowers.

  • Infusion Instructions: Pour boiled water over herbs (1Tbsp herbs/1c water or 4Tbsp herbs/1qt water) and cover. Steep for at least 20 minutes and strain. 

A decoction is an herbal tea made from the hardier parts of plants, like roots, bark, and berries, which are simmered in water.

  • Decoction Instructions: Simmer herbs (in proportions above) in water for 5-15 minutes or more, covered. Strain. 

Combination Method: For herbal teas with hardy and delicate parts, simmer the hardy parts first, and then steep the delicate parts in the pot. To make it easy on yourself, you can make a quart at a time, let it steep overnight, and drink throughout the day or refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Herbs for Teas

  • Medicinal Parts: leaf
  • Taste: bitter
  • Therapeutic Applications : anxiety, headaches, indigestion, colds, flu

  • Medicinal Parts: flower, leaf
  • Taste: slightly bitter
  • Therapeutic Applications : colds, flu, digestion, calming, very mild

  • Medicinal Parts: leaf, root
  • Taste: bitter
  • Therapeutic Applications : high vitamin A, potassium, calcium; diuretic, liver, skin

Stinging Nettle
  • Medicinal Parts: leaf
  • Taste: green
  • Therapeutic Applications : high in iron, silicon, potassium, magnesium; hay fever/allergies, clears mucus

  • Medicinal Parts: berry
  • Taste: tart
  • Therapeutic Applications : super high vitamin C, prevents flu

  • Medicinal Parts: seed
  • Taste: sweet
  • Therapeutic Applications : indigestion, expectorant

  • Medicinal Parts: seed
  • Taste: bitter-sweet
  • Therapeutic Applications : expectorant and anti-histamine, coughs, sore throat, indigestion

  • Medicinal Parts: root
  • Taste: tangy, spicy
  • Therapeutic Applications : anti-inflammatory, circulation, digestion, nausea, cramps, colds, flu, fever

Lemon Balm
  • Medicinal Parts: leaf
  • Taste: lemony
  • Therapeutic Applications : antiviral, chicken pox, shingles, cold sores, colds, fever, calming

  • Medicinal Parts: root
  • Taste: very sweet
  • Therapeutic Applications : cough, colds, sore throat, adrenals, *not for use with high blood pressure

  • Medicinal Parts: leaf
  • Taste: bitter
  • Therapeutic Applications : coughs and earaches

  • Medicinal Parts: peel
  • Taste: zesty, sweet
  • Therapeutic Applications : high vitamin C

  • Medicinal Parts: leaf
  • Taste: minty
  • Therapeutic Applications : colds, fever, digestion, headaches, antibacterial, antiviral

Red Raspberry
  • Medicinal Parts: leaf
  • Taste: astringent
  • Therapeutic Applications : high iron, astringent for coughs, vomiting and diarrhea; sore throat

  • Medicinal Parts: hips (fruit)
  • Taste: tart
  • Therapeutic Applications : tons of vitamin C, infections, stress, adrenals, circulation, colds

  • Medicinal Parts: leaf
  • Taste: spicy
  • Therapeutic Applications : antiseptic, expectorant, cough, sore throat

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