Tea leaves need room to expand for extracting full-bodied flavor. This is one reason we use organic cotton tea bags instead of tea balls which are not really best for tea brewing. Many standard tea bags and/or tea balls, are low-flow, and require stirring and dunking repeatedly to get the tea to diffuse properly. We believe you get more flavor, more goodness, and more aroma when using roomy, organic, reusable tea bags.
That said, our preferred method for brewing tea is placing loose herbs in vessel with already hot water, steep for 10 minutes, or so, and pour finished tea through mesh strainer into cup.
Directions for 1 cup:
Bring 8 oz water to a boil in stainless steel, glass, or ceramic vessel (not aluminum). Turn off heat. Place one teaspoon loose tea per cup of water into hot water vessel, or into enclosed reusable tea bag, pulling strings tight. Steep for 10 minutes. Strain loose tea, or squeeze & remove tea bag & pour. Add honey or cream if desired. Compose spent herbs and wash cloth tea bag for reuse.
Note: As with all herbs or health therapies, we suggest you talk with your health care practitioner before using any herbal product, particularly if you are taking medications or supplements, are pregnant, nursing, or have an illness of any kind. Not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or mitigate any illness or condition. Not for use during pregnancy. Statements are for informational purposes only. Not evaluated/approved by FDA.