But also, what I've been taught is that herb tea made in the conventional way, i.e. a bag in a cup, isn't strong enough to give real therapeutic benefits anyway. I'm not sure that's 100% true - hot gingerroot tea with only about a tablespoon of the fresh root does help me with feelings of nausea, for example, and the taste of some teas is therapeutic in itself. Still, I would consider making a stronger infusion (like 1 oz. dried leaf or flower to a quart of water, or 1 oz. dried roots to a pint of water - but different herbalists would vary that).
I'd like to add that some herbs do impart their gems better into cold water than hot, Burdock root for instance, and other herbs definitely need the boiling water to unlock the treasures.
Bacteria on the herbs? Well...we need good bacteria for good gut health and plants (that have been harvested from 'clean' environs) are a natural way of maintaining our digestive colonies.
Boiling water on some plant parts can/will permanently lock up the medicinal constituents that we are trying to release.....let me find a couple sources BRB
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