Tea is a wonderful drink. It’s so versatile; delicious steaming hot or chilled with ice. You can drink it black or add cream and honey or sugar. Tea is great for breakfast and is always there for waiting for you to walk into the door after a long day to brew a calming cup.
Mint tea is my go to loose leaf tea after a busy day. The refreshing flavor helps me wind down and transition to being home. Since it’s caffeine free, I don’t have to worry about missing my bedtime. I also like mint for its health benefits. According to the University of Maryland’s Medical Center, the naturally occurring menthol and methyl salicylate in peppermint can soothe stomach aches and indigestion, ease congestion, and help patients with insulin resistance. (Caveat; make sure to check with your doctor before using herbs to treat anything.) And of course; it tastes great!
Brewing Your Tea
I grow my own mint. If you also have a mint plant or two, you can learn to harvest and dry your own mint tea leaves from my previous post. You can also order loose leaf mint tea if you don’t have any on hand or don’t have the inclination to grow your own. Once you have your mint, you’re almost ready to brew your tea!
If you want be serious about brewing loose leaf tea, you should consider purchasing a kettle. Kettle’s are crucial for reaching the optimal water temperature for a well brewed cup of tea. I love my electric kettle for its convenience, but many tea brewers have great success with stove top kettles. You’ll also need a, tea pot with built in strainer, or handheld strainer to keep the leaves out of your brewed tea.
You’ll want to start by bringing 1 ¼ cup (10oz) of water to a boil. Crush up two tablespoons of leaves between your finger and add them to your pot or tea strainer. I also added a few stevia leaves to my pot, but this is an optional step. As soon as the water comes to a rolling boil, quickly pour the water over the tea leaves. Allow the tea to steep for at least ten minutes or until it reaches your desired strength. Add sugar if you like, and enjoy your fresh brewed cup of tea!