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Teas to Please

If you do anything with herbs, making a delicious, refreshing, delightful hot beverage should be at the top of the list.
NATALIA BULATOVA/SHUTTERSTOCK

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When making an infusion, choose a container that allows as much of the water to surround the herbs as possible.

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When it comes to herbal medicines, teas are the gateway drug. They’re easy and relatively harmless to make; plus, who can resist snuggling up with a warm cup of tea after a grueling day of farm chores? While teas from black to green to oolong have both flavorful and healthful qualities, herbal teas, aka tisanes, are one of a host of natural products that you can grow on your farm to boost the immune system and even treat common ailments, such as cold, flu, anxiety or digestive upset, without a trip to the pharmacy.

“It can be helpful to consume teas that contain nutrient-dense herbs on a daily basis because the nutrients are easily assimilated and are very nourishing,” says Christa Sinadinos, a clinical herbalist and founder of the Northwest School for Botanical Studies.

Herbal teas can be made from any part of the plant — roots, leaves, flowers or stems — though the effective parts will vary among plants. If you decide to selftreat with a homemade herbal tea, it’s important to use the correct part of the plant. It’s also wise to consult a doctor or knowledgeable herbalist first. While most herbs can be safely consumed, some can interact negatively with medications or other herbs.

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