If you’re looking for an energizing herbal tea recipe that is flavorful, refreshing, and effective, a few simple ingredients will have you on your way. This recipe calls for ginger, lemongrass, eleuthero root, and dried orange peels. When making herbal tea blends, you should always use dried herbs and plant materials from a reliable, trustworthy source. Researching before sourcing materials will ensure that the herbs you’re buying have been appropriately stored which is imperative if you want your blend to be flavorful and effective.
Proportions of Each Herb
The great thing about making your own herbal tea blends is that you can make as much or as little as you wish. This recipe is laid out in parts so that you can adjust the volume to suit your preferences. Starting out small with a new blend, like this energizing herbal tea recipe, will allow you to tweak and adjust the finished product to your taste before making a large amount.
- One part dried ginger root (see ginger root profile)
- One part dried orange peel (see orange peel profile)
- Two parts dried lemongrass (see lemongrass profile)
- Three parts dried eleuthero (see eleuthero profile)
Once you have measured out all of the herbs, you should do your best to make sure that all of them are blended thoroughly and mixed evenly. This allows for consistency with flavor and effect with each cup of tea that you make from the blend.
Herbal tea blends require different brewing techniques than pure teas derived from the camellia sinensis plant. This is because herbal blends are comprised of many different plant species that all have different temperaments and personalities when it comes to brewing. The general rule of thumb is that blends mainly consisting of roots, like this blend, require longer brewing times than those that are primarily comprised of leaf and flower. To get the most out of root-based tea blends, they should be simmered on the stove for at least 15 minutes.
- Measure out one teaspoon of your blend per cup of water
- Bring your water to a boil on the stove
- Add your measured out tea to the boiling water
- Reduce heat and let simmer for at least 15 minutes.
- Strain the tea, sweeten to your liking and drink
To make the processes simpler, you can put your tea in a muslin cloth bag before adding it to the boiling water to eliminate the step of having to strain. If you are crunched for time, you can put the tea in a bag or other steeping tool and allow it to steep in hot water for 15 minutes. If you choose to go this route – you should double the amount that you use per cup. Otherwise, the flavor and effect will be weaker.