One of our favorite teas from our yard is red clover tea. Not only are the blossoms tasty to munch but they make a wonderful cleansing tea. We are studying the many benefits of clover to our gardens (nitrogen) and our bodies. This is also a fun activity to do if you are studying nitrogen on the PTOE.
Some of the attributed health benefits to red clover tea are the following: (from teabenefits.com)
This is how we make the perfect cup of loose medicinal tea. This is our basic recipe, but it really depends on the herbs we are using.
Bring fresh cool water to a boil. Take the pan off the burner and allow to cool for about 20 seconds or until the water has reached 175 degrees; you want the water hot enough to pull the good stuff out of the plant but not hot enough to boil away the nutrients. To a non-metal teapot add 2 tablespoons of fresh or 1 teaspoon of dried herb to each cup of water. Pour the hot water over the tea and let steep COVERED for 5-10 minutes. Covering your tea while it steeps will increase the medicinal properties of the tea. After reaching the desired strength, strain out the herbs. Garnish with herb sprigs, honey or citrus. Then enjoy your cuppa with your feet up and relaxed!
Red clover and peppermint tea: A yummy blend to try is red clover and peppermint. Mix 1 cup red clover blossoms with 2 tablespoons mint leaves, add 4 cups near boiling water, cover and steep for 10 minutes. Strain and add honey to taste.
I am so curious about how everyone else brews their loose tea. I have found so many different ways on the internet due to culture as well as personal preference. I find it very curious!