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I have this sitting in my tea cupboard (and yes, I have a cupboard dedicated to just tea) but I haven’t tried it yet. Not entirely sure how to steep it…any suggestion?
I, too, had this sitting in my cupboard and just broke it out this morning. I made it entirely too strong using 3 needles. Use one and steep at 170 to 195 f degree water. It is very bitter by design. I took those leaves and combined them with my regular tea and it was a nice combination.
Since water brought to a boil in the microwave is not actually up to full boiling temp, nuking it actually brings the water to a proper temp. One needle is enough for one cup. I have frequently enjoyed this tea especially when experiencing chest and head colds and found it to be very beneficial. It does have a very bitter taste but it is followed by a mildly sweet after taste. To me the benefits far outway the taste. I do prefer to drink it without sweetener, you are free to add sugar or honey. Raw unfiltered honey has its own medicinal properties as well so it can’t hurt.
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