Knowing how to make loose leaf tea means you can enjoy the best tasting cup of tea right out of your garden. Loose leaf tea is easy to make from dried herbs. Sage, chamomile, or mint are some of the herbs that you can choose to make loose leaf tea. Tea can have relaxing, energizing, or soothing properties or made just to be enjoyed.
To make loose leaf tea, you will need:
- Herbs of your choosing for tea
- Rubber bands
- Paper bags
- Storage container
- Tea pot
- Boiling water
- Tea cup
- Gather the tea herbs. On a dry day, cut herbs to the lowest set of leaves with scissors. Bunch the leaves together and cut off the stems. Lay them in a basket or bin all facing the same direction. Take out any debris or wilted leaves. Wrap herb bunches with a rubber band. You can also buy bunches of herbs and dry them.
- Dry the herbs for tea. Hang the herbs on a hook, out of direct sunlight, where they can get air flow around them. A pot rack or a hook screwed into a shelf work well. If you live in a dusty area then you can put a paper bag, punched with a few holes, around the herbs securing it with a rubber band.
- Prepare the herbs. Take down the herbs once they are dry and remove the dried leaves from the stem. They should be crumbly with no moisture. Store the tea leaves in an airtight container.
- Make the tea. Simply place the tea in a warmed tea pot and pour boiling water over it. Let the tea steep for three to five minutes, stirring a couple of times. Pour into a tea cup and enjoy.