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National Hot Tea Month: Herbal Tea Spotlight

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The time has come for the final posting! You might have noticed a trend on the PLYMC blog page that there are a few entries about tea. That’s because January is National Hot Tea Month, and we’re coming at you with the realness on how to prepare different types of tea, as well as some basic history and trivia about each type of teaWe’re closing out our series this week with herbal teas, which have a wide range of taste and flavors 

Many teas fall into the herbal tea range, from a calming chamomile tea to hibiscus and passionflower teas. They’re the easiest types of teas to grow yourself and are some of the most popular tea types! They’re generally not caffeinated teas, as they are not derived from actual tea plants, and some don’t consider herbal teas to be real teas at all. This is because traditionally, teas are made from the tea plant Camellia sinensis, and are categorized by the processing type they go through.  

Because herbal teas come from many different plants, there are many different effects that come from drinking these teas. This is why sometimes teas can be used for health problems or other reasons. For instance, as I stated before chamomile plants have calming effects that often can lull the drinker to sleep or decrease anxietyLemon balm tea also does the same effect! If you’re looking to calm a stomach ache, peppermint or ginger tea might be what you’re looking for. Being that these teas are plants, though, you should check with your doctor before drinking if you are pregnant or have any health issues 

Herbal teas can be brewed in many different ways, depending on their type. If you’re using dried herbs follow the following guide (NOTE: 212°F is the boiling point for water) 

  • Chamomile – 212°F for 5 minutes, use 1-2 teaspoons of leaves 
  • Mint – 212°F for 5 minutes, use 1-1 ½ teaspoons of leaves 
  • Rosemary – 212°F for 10-15 minutes, use ½ -1 teaspoon of leaves 
  • Rose hips – 212°F for 10-15 minutes, use 1-2 teaspoon of rose hips 
  • Hibiscus – 212°F for 5-10 minutes, use 1-2 teaspoon of flowers depending on their size 

Luckily, if you’re looking for more variety in your learning, PLYMC has a great collection on herbal teas. My recommendations are:  

Tea-vitalize: Cold-brew Teas and Herbal Infusions to Refresh and Rejuvenate by Mimi Kirk

Healing Herbal Teas: Learn to Blend 101 Specially Formulated Teas for Stress Management, Common Ailments, Seasonal Health, and Immune Support by Sarah Farr

Tea of Tranquility: Making Herbal Teas That Support Tranquility and Nervous System Function by Brooke Criswell

Happy sipping, and we look forward to hearing about all of your tea-ventures in the future! 


Taylor S.

By day, Taylor is your run of the mill, cardigan-wearing librarian, but by night, she is a cross-stitching, history-loving, classic-movie-watching baker who is carrying on a continuous attempt to sew her own capsule wardrobe. She is probably reading two or three books at any given time.