GardenScent herbal teas and spices are carefully selected and sourced from reputable suppliers from different part of the world. We use certified organic herbs, teas and spices, if organic is not an option, we use those that are sustainably wild-harvested or cultivated without chemicals.
Our herbal blends use a combination of different herbs to give great taste sensations and health benefits. The herbal blend infusions are caffeine free, fine tasting and beneficial. Herbal infusions or tisanes, which are often mistakenly referred to as “herbal teas”, are made from plants, such as chamomile, ginger root, dandelion root, lemongrass, peppermint and elder flower. Only leaves that come from Camellia sinensis plant can be appropriately termed as “tea”.
Unlike conventional finely cut tea found in mass manufactured tea bags, our loose-leaf herbs are fresh, fragrant, tasty, longer lasting, and more economical. The larger the pieces of herbs, the less chance of oxidation to occur and the herbs can hold their value better. Smaller pieces and powdered herbs are in a more unstable form and the potency and freshness are much less than loose-leaf herbs. The convenience of tea bags is apparent, in order to put the teas into the bags, they must be milled or cut small enough to fit, so it is inevitable that the quality of tea from tea bags goes down.
Method of Brewing
Herbal infusion made from leaves, flowers and light material. Use approximately 1 heaping teaspoon of dried herbs to 240ml of water. Place dried herbs into a mug or teapot, add hot water, cover and steep according to the type of herbs. Strain and enjoy.
5 to 6 minutes is safe for most flowers like chamomile, calendula, lavender, or rose. For flowers, it is not recommended to steep too long as it can take on a pungent or bitter taste when over-steeped.
Herbal teas made from leaves tend to retain their flavor and profile even if they are steeped a few minutes longer. Generally, 6 to 8 minutes will yield a nice brew of herbal tea.
Stalks, Stems & Leaves
For herbal teas that contain a combination of stalks, stems and leaves, a longer steep time of about 8 to 10 minutes is required. For a more “medicinal effect”, steep for 15 to 30 minutes.
Most herbs can be infused for more than one time. Experiment with the proportion of herbs to water and increase steeping time for subsequent infusions to get the right taste for you. If you feel that your specific herb is lacking in the robust flavor that most herbs usually offer, let it steep for another 1 to 2 minutes longer.
Decoction method is usually used for the extraction of botanicals and minerals from hard roots, dried berries, barks and seeds. Use 1 heaping teaspoon of dried herbs to 450ml of cold water. Pour the herbs and water into a stainless steel, glass or enamel pot. Bring to a boil, then let it simmer for 20 to 30 minutes, depending on how ‘medicinal’ you want it. Strain and drink. Most decoction can also be brewed via single cup through a regular infusion process, let steep for 15 to 20 minutes, but without the strength.
For cold infusion, steep herbs in room temperature water in a covered jar, leave it in the fridge for a minimum 8 hours or overnight. Strain and enjoy.
Blending and brewing of herbs is all about the experience and a matter of individual taste and enjoyment. Experiment until you find a right blend and taste that suit your palate.