Herbal tea has become more popular in Western countries than in Sri Lanka. They have started to relieve their sore throats by gargling with simple herbal mixtures, their headaches, colds or flu by drinking pots of spicy herbal tea. In these countries you can purchase aromatic herbal tea-bags. Its preparation is quite easy.
In Sri Lanka we can get enough herbs to use as tea. To make herbal tea from loose herbs, use a heavy weight tea pot (not aluminium) and boiling water. Add one teaspoon of dried herbs or one tablespoon of fresh herbs to one cup of water. Put the herbs into a stainless steel tea pot, and steam in the boiling water for about three minutes, covered to preserve the aroma. Serve with a slice of fresh lemon or lime or a spoonful of honey.
How To Make Herbal Tea?
Make Your Own Miraculous Yogi Tea
It is taken for colds and congestion of the lungs and to improve circulation. Many of the larger health food stores in the West stock this blend. The following ingredients when mixed with a quart of boiling water makes Yogi tea :
How To Make Herbal Tea? - What You Need:
1 tablespoon coriander seed
1/2 inch long stick of cinnamon
5 black pepper corns
1 inch fresh ginger (pound slightly)
1/4 teaspoon any standard black tea (optional)
1/4 cup milk (optional)
How To Make Your Own Miraculous Yogi Tea? – Preparation Method
Boil herbal ingredients for 10 to 12 minutes, then add black tea for colour and simmer for an additional 3 minutes. Mix in milk and sweeten with honey.
Though milk is mentioned here, generally the true Yogi tea never includes milk or cream because it clouds the brew and dulls the aroma.