Making herbal teas is an art that is easy to learn. Brewing techniques for various herbs and herbal gatherings may vary depending on the individual characteristics of the plants, but general rules still exist.
When making a bouquet for making tea, one plant is most often the main one and provides the main note in the taste and aroma of the drink. It is necessary to consider the compatibility of herbs, their purpose and effect on the body.
If you approach the formation of the composition of herbal tea responsibly and carefully, taking into account all the properties of plants and individual characteristics of a person, you can create a unique healing drink.
For proper brewing tea, you need to choose the right utensils. Glass and metal teapots are not suitable: they cool quickly, the desired temperature is not maintained in them, and the tea is no longer so fragrant and healthy. Metal thermoses, on the contrary, retain too high a temperature for too long, which contributes to the destruction of the active substances of the plant. In addition, the metal can affect the taste of tea and add bitterness, reduce the amount of vitamins and minerals.
Porcelain teapots with thick or even double walls are most suitable for brewing herbal tea. In such dishes, optimal conditions are created for preparing a healthy decoction: a temperature of 80 ° C lasts up to 40 minutes.
The methods for brewing different parts of the plant are different. The bark and other coarse parts are pre-crushed. The raw materials are crushed, then soaked in cold water and brought to a boil. Boil and cook for about 10 minutes, after which they insist 10-15 minutes. Dry berries are also crushed before brewing, pour boiling water and insist 10-15 minutes. Leaves and flowers can simply be poured with hot water.
You can cook decoctions in a water bath. To do this, pour crushed herbs with cold water and gradually bring to a boil. If the raw material contains thermolabile substances (substances that break down when exposed to high temperatures. For example, vitamin C), then do not use boiling water for boiling: it is better to use water at a lower temperature. The most optimal way is a long infusion of herbs in water with a temperature of no higher than 45-50 degrees while maintaining a stable temperature regime.