One of the best ways to get to know an herb is to sit down with a nice herbal tea (known in the herbal world as a “tisane”) and enjoy the subtle flavors and nuances that you experience when drinking it.
When I make an herbal infusion of rosemary tea, the light and invigorating pine-like scent is uplifting and stimulating. It feels like a switch in my brain is turned on; I can see things more clearly and have greater focus. The aroma is fresh and pure. As I lift it to my lips and take my first sip my mouth is alive with a flavor reminiscent of the forest. The infusion is slightly astringent but at the same time refreshing.
Rosemary tea is a wonderful drink to sip on when you need to focus. This may be because of its tonic effect on the nervous system or because it helps to increase circulation. It is also tonic to the digestive system and can help ease problems such as indigestion, flatulence, cramps, and intestinal spasms, especially those related to foodborne illness. It is a great tea to have on hand to prevent and relieve headaches. It also has a tonic effect on the lungs which is useful for relieving the symptoms of asthma, bronchitis, colds, coughs, and whooping cough.
I find a rosemary infusion is a refreshing treat on a day when I need some mental energy. It eases my headaches and stomach problems. When you make an herbal infusion you retain more of the volatile oils of the plant, which is where most of the medicinal value of rosemary resides.
- 1 Tbsp rosemary leaf
- 1 C boiling water
Pour the boiling water over the rosemary leaves. Cover and let steep for 7-12 minutes. You want to be sure to cover your tea so the volatile essential oils do not escape with the steam. Strain the herbs from the water. Drink hot or iced. I find the flavor is perfect just the way it is, but you can add honey if you like.
Enjoy your delicious tea!