Over the weekend one of my darling daughters spiked a fever. It was one of those cases where fever and swollen glands were the main symptoms. As with most childhood illnesses, I immediately reached for my childrens' activator and echinacea/elderberry tea.
I didn't do that. I remembered my high school science class and employed a much more frugal method. All of the above tea was brewed with one spoonful of bulk tea.
Do you remember osmosis? It's the idea that a solute will evenly disperse itself across a permeable membrane until both sides of the membrane have an equal concentration of solution.
The same idea applies even without the permeable membrane. If I put a tea bag in the top of a Mason jar, it won't just make tea with one cup of water. Instead, the tea will brew through all of the water in the jar.
So if I want to make double the tea, I have a choice to make. I can either double the amount of tea in my jar or I can double my TIME. I usually take whatever route is cheapest. The tea that you see above (organic Double E Immune Booster from the Bulk Herb Store) was brewed in a single pot on the stove and then separated into individual jars.
I can already hear the devil's advocate wondering, "Does it dilute the healing properties of the tea?" I'm sure there's a point where it does, but we haven't found it yet. We make up to a gallon of herbal tea at a time with no ill effects.
I'd love to hear your feedback, particularly if you're willing to give it a try.
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