How to make the perfect cup of tea:
Bring 8 ounces of filtered water to a boil. If using a teapot for infusion, pour additional boiling water inside the pot and swirl around to warm up the pot. Pour out the water. Add 1 heaping teaspoon of herbs to your teapot or steeper. Pour your 8 ounce of boiled water over the herbs and make sure you cover them completely to get the most potent infusion. Stir the herbs to make sure they are completely saturated. Then cover the brew. This keeps the oils from the herbs from evaporating while steeping. These oils contain some of the medicinal qualities, and need to stay inside the brew. While your tea will still taste wonderful without covering, it will have much less potency.
The brewing time for herbal tea is longer than regular tea. For medicinal herbal teas, you steep for at least 10-15 minutes (covered, of course). This ensures a full extraction, and gives you the most powerful brew. Once steeped for at least 10-15 minutes, strain and enjoy hot or iced.