I just put about a teaspoon of either fresh or dried tea leaves per (6 oz.) cup of tea, cover with boiling water and let steep until it is as strong as I feel like having it (usually 3 to 10 minutes). Strain into a cup and add sugar, honey, lemon, cream, or whatever you like in it (I like just sugar or honey).
If you want iced mint tea, let steep 10 minutes, strain into a pitcher, and add sweetening, if desired. Cool or chill and serve over ice.
I have a friend who makes hers by adding the peppermint candies to hot boiled tea, stirring until dissolved, then adds the sugar (I like it unsweetened, but her husband won't drink unsweet tea).
I take a coffee filter and put the herbs in it then use a large safety pin to hold it all together for a quick tea bag.
I mix different herbs. One of my favorite mixes is mint leaves, nettle leaves and yerba mate. I have some red clover tops that I'm going to try too. Parsley is a good blood purifier that mixes well with mint. The mint really punches up nearly any bland herb tea.
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