It's a wonderful feeling to make nourishing medicine from plants right outside your door!
Matu Collins wrote:I steep nettle overnight in cold water
Doc Jones wrote:It's possible to make tea making as complicated as you like but there probably aren't very many medicinal reasons to make it complicated.
Boil the water.
Remove the pot from the heat.
Toss in the herbs and cover.
When it's cool enough to drink, it's ready.
That said, some plants actually prefer cold infusion rather than hot. Typical examples would be plants that depend on a lot of volatile oils for their medicinal punch (lemon balm and its other minty cousins, Uva ursi and nettles are good examples) and plants that contain a lot of mucilage or starches like marshmallow and its cousins, slippery elm, burdock etc...
I think so long as you don't boil your lemon balm or nettles and be sure to use a lid and shake all the good stuff off the lid and back into the pot, you'll probably be fine.
Also note that if you get plantain even remotely hot it turns into potassium-rich, green water with no medicinal benefit whatsoever. Use it fresh or juice it and keep the juice in an ice cube tray in the freezer for easy dosing.
Steven Feil wrote:And to make it even more simple (KISS), just add your herb to water, stir and drink it down the hatch. This works better with finely ground herb and/or you don't plan on straining. This is how I do it most of the time. There is also less possible heat damage to the properties of the plant.