Some argue that herbal tea isn’t technically tea, since it doesn’t come from the right plant. Herbal tea sounds a lot better than hot herb water, but that’s essentially what it is. And if you have some herbs on hand, you can easily make your own.
If you have fresh herbs or spices you’ve used for cooking, tea is a great way to use the leftovers. Epicurious explains just how easy it is to skip the teabags and make it yourself:
Just break off a 2-inch branch of a fresh herb (basil, thyme, mint, or rosemary are especially good here), a couple strips of citrus zest (removed with a vegetable peeler), or whole sweet spices (like cardamom, cinnamon, or clove) into your mug. Then pour in just-boiled water and steep for a few minutes, stir in a bit of honey if you like and start sipping.
It’s that easy. They have some additional steps for using dried herbs and make-ahead blends, and you can check out the full post for those.
How to Make DIY Herbal Tea, Anytime You Want It | Epicurious
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