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Tea Tips

Tea Tips - The magic of herbs can yield their essence through brewing, a time honored tradition to support that super natural taste. Fresh from Mother Nature to your teacup!The magic of herbs can yield their essence through brewing, a time honored tradition to support that super natural taste. Fresh from Mother Nature to your teacup!

Now if you have clicked on this page, we know you love tea as much as we do. In some cultures, they train for years to have a superb tea experience. We decided to start by just giving you a few tips & inspirations… Here’s to your good health!

BREWING HERBAL TEA

If you are going for a superior brew, there is only one choice – loose-leaf tea, which is how we choose to package our teas. The loose-leaf method ensures each little leaf is swimming freely so it can release its full flavor & healing proper-teas!

And remember to give your herbs a stir in the packet when putting them in the pot – sometimes the best bits are on the bottom!

For All Aerial Parts of Plants

For 1 superb cup, combine 1-2 teaspoons of dried herb to 1 cup of water using a tea ball (if you need one, try our shop!).
If you have a crew of people and a teapot is more your style, try 1 – 2 teaspoons per cup that the pot holds.
Now patience is a virtue so allow the tea to work its magic steeping for 5-10 minutes before straining or removing the tea ball.

For Root, Bark, Twigs and Berries

If you want the full power packed version of teas with these ingredients (check the label for ingredients), it gets a little more serious. Try this – Pop your herbs, approx. 20g, in a saucepan with 3 cups of cold water and bring to the boil.

Simmer for 20-30 minutes until the liquid is reduced by one third. Strain the remaining liquid through a sieve into a jug and store in the refrigerator. Must be consumed within 48 hours.

Then you will have a herbal power pack, on hand and ready for any tea emergencies through the day or your new years resolution daily health kick (it’s NEVER too late to start…).

For the healthy sweet tooth, add honey, Stevia or Xylitol.

For both of these methods, ideal Water Temperature is between 82°C to 94°C (if you have one of those fancy tea pots with a temperature gauge – now we know you are a serious tea drinker!).

Herbal Powders :

We Recommend with our Herb Powders:
1 teaspoons of dried herb powder, 1-3 times daily,
Add to your breakfast smoothie
Sprinkle on your cereal
Add to your morning juice.
Sprinkle on your evening meal

Asorbic Acid Powder :

Our Vitamin C Recipe – 1-3 times daily
Mix 1 tea spoon of the Ascorbic Acid
into the 1 cup of water, stir till mostly dissolved
Add 1 table spoon of Lemon juice (fresh squeezed or bottle)
Last add Bi Carb 1/4 tea spoon
Mix and drink immediately.

General Tea Drinking Guidelines :

Simple but true, Don’t forget the basics & your little cup of happiness will thank you.

  • Use 1 teaspoon of dried herb per serve.
  • Warm your cup or teapot first
  • This lengthens your brewing time to ensure all the healing properties of the herbs are properly infused.
  • Try not to over-boil your water. Too much enthusiasm doesn’t always work…
  • Larger leaf teas can be brewed for longer than the small cut leaf.

Black tea

If you are a tea purest – this is your section.

  • Brew these teas for approx. 4-5 minutes.
  • Larger leaf teas can be brewed for longer than the small cut leaf.
  • For larger leaves, brew for approx. 3-5 minutes.
  • Finely cut tea needs approx. 2-4 minutes.
  • Water Temperature 88°C to 94°C
  • Serve these with milk, lemon or your favourite healthy Devonshire tea indulgence (made with Xylitol of course – see our sweetener page). See you for high tea!

Green Tea

Brew these teas in water that is just below boiling point. That is as steam starts to rise before bubbles appear – you might have to be a kettle watcher for this.

  • Green Tea is best brewed for 2 to 4 minutes.
  • As your pot or cup empties, you can replenish with hot water serving immediately.
  • Water Temperature 65°C to 77°C

White Tea

Brew these teas in water that is just below boiling point. That is as steam starts to rise before bubbles appear.

  • White Tea is best brewed for 5 – 7 minutes.
  • As your pot or cup empties, you can replenish with hot water serving immediately.
  • Water Temperature 77°C

Red Tea

Can be brewed as long as you like, without spoiling the taste,

  • we recommend 3-4 minutes for the ultimate red
  • Water temperature 88°C to 99°C

In South Africa Rooibos is served with milk and sugar, but abroad it is generally served without. What is your choice – straight up or milk on top?

Milk ?

If you were a tea traditionalist – you would add milk to your black tea. It can however conceal some of the intricate and distinct flavours.
Our products that are suited to drink with milk, if you chose to, are :

Traditional Teas – Black, English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Darjeerling
Rooibos – nice
Vanillibos – really nice
Honeybush – simply delicious
Hot Chocolate – did we mention it is GUILT FREE… Xylitol to the rescue! And it’s soooo… good for you. Bulk Hot Chocolate pack available.
Dandelion & Chicory Natural Coffee – yum
Coffee Dreaming – Oh… My… Goodness… in a cup!

Teas that are not suitable for milk:

  • Herbal Teas
  • Oolong
  • White Tea
  • Green Tea

Natural Sweeteners

For the sweet tooth – we are very pleased to announce there are guilt-free, sugar-free, chemical-free, waist-line free options. For Nature’s sweetener, try Honey.

Xylitol is highly recommended as a natural sweetener, low in calories and pure. Even looks and tastes like icing sugar. Try it also in your baking – works a treat! It is surely the sweetener from the Gods – if you are into folklore…

Stevia is also very useable and is very suitable for most herbal teas. You will find Stevia in a few of our herbal blends. We love it on its own or added to a herbal brew. And there is good impetus when you realize just how many health benefits it has.

Iced Herbal Infusion

When summer is upon us, no matter how much we love our tea, sometimes we just need a cool change.

Here’s some fun inspirations to try :

  • Use 2 tablespoons of dried herb per cup.
  • Warm your cup or teapot first. This lengthens your brewing time to ensure all the healing properties of the herbs are properly infused.
  • Allow the tea to steep for 10 mins so the brew is strong.
  • Add citrus, Xylitol or honey whilst warm.
  • Once brewed, strain off the herbs.
  • Fill a jug with ice and pour the hot brewed tea over the ice.
  • Allow it to cool in the fridge and serve with ice and your favourite fresh herb garnish.

Suggestions : Mint, Choc Mint, Peppermint, Lemon Grass, Lemon Balm, Lemon Verbena (see our Plant Shop to purchase these plants)

These teas can be a great addition to a Christmas party punch or for the kid’s birthday party. Try filling your water bottles and storing them in the fridge so you have your healing herbs on hand all day…

There is rarely an occasion when tea does not come to the partyIf you are cold – drink tea
If you are warm – drink tea
If you are tired – drink tea
If you are celebrating – drink tea
There is rarely an occasion when tea does not come to the party…
Disclaimer: this information is for educational purposes only and is not to be deemed in any way professional MEDICAL advice and no responsibility is taken by us for any adverse effects from the use of herbal teas. Always seek advice from a professional before using any herbal teas medicinally.