Sweating teas are made with herbs, and it is essential to use herbs that promote perspiration. Herbs that contain diuretic properties are the main ingredients in sweating teas. Teas are made by adding hot or boiling water to the herb.
Herbs being boiled for tea should be boiled at a “quick rapid,” and should be removed from the heat immediately. Steeping will remove the chemical properties from the tea just as well as boiling and produces a better tasting tea.
The rule of thumb when making teas is as follows for dried herbs:
1 teaspoon of herb to 1 cup of boiling water.
Three teaspoon of fresh herbs to one cup of boiling water: Let it steep for five to ten minutes.
For tea bags:
one tea bag to one cup of boiling water, and let steep for three to five minutes.
Herbs that have been reduced to a powder can be mixed with hot or cold water. Use a half a teaspoon to one cup of water. Follow up by drinking a cup of water that has been kept at room temperature. A longer steep time will make some teas bitter.
A combination sweating tea:
1 drop cayenne pepper
1 drop cloves
2 tablespoon white pine
4 tablespoon ginger
6 tablespoon bayberry
Combine all the ingredients.
Use 1 teaspoon to one cup of boiling water.
Cover, and let sit for 15 minutes.
Strain and drink. Liquid should be clear.
Lemon Balm Tea, to make lemon balm tea:
Use 1 pt of water to 1 oz of herb.
Let sit for 15 minutes, strain, and when it is cool enough; it is ready for drinking.
Promotes perspiration when taken hot.
Peel or scrape ginger root and rinse
cover with water; and boil until the water is slightly yellow.
Strain, sweeten with sugar or honey to taste.
Strong ginger tea will burn the throat. Add warm water if tea is too strong.
Tea bag: steep two bags to one cup of hot water; cover and let sit for ten minutes.
You can have up to four cups of herb tea per day depending on the strength of the tea. It is best to make herb teas fresh every day, because they have a tendency to sour which will cause fermentation in the stomach.
It is important to realize that losing too much water can be harmful as one can become dehydrated.