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Drinking a cup of herbal tea is a refreshing way to kick back and relax. There are many herbs to choose from and most offer numerous health benefits, such as fighting infections, improving blood circulation, losing weight, lowering blood pressure, treating menopausal symptoms, promoting a good night's sleep, relieving an upset stomach and so much more. However, precautions should be taken. If you are giving to a young child, you have a medical condition or you are pregnant, breastfeeding or taking medications, consult your health care provider before use. To get the most from your tea, your herbs should be organic. Below are some of the different types of tea pots for herbal teas when using loose herbs.
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Adagio Teas PersonaliTea 24-Ounce Ceramic Teapot with Infuser Basket
This simple but stylish tea pot is made of ceramic, which helps keep the water hot, and can serve about three cups of tea. It comes with a large stainless-steel infuser basket which allows for plenty of room for the herb to spread out. The pot is microwave and dishwasher safe for quick heating and cleanup. To use, pour hot water into the pot or fill it with water and heat it up in the microwave, fill the infuser with your choice of herb, place the infuser in the pot and cover with the lid. This tea pot is 7 x 6 x 3.5 inches, weighs about 2 pounds and sells for $12.51 (on 3-6-11) at Amazon.
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Old Dutch 38-Ounce Cast-Iron Nobility Teapot with Infuser
This tea pot is made of cast iron, making it a bit heavier than some other pots. However, the heavy cast iron won't chip and it helps retain heat for a long time. The inside is coated with enamel to prevent rust. It is not meant to boil water on a stove top because doing so may damage the enamel. A stainless-steel infuser basket is included and hangs from the rim. To use, fill the pot with hot water, fill the infuser basket with herb, place the basket in the pot and cover. It has about four servings. When cleaning, it is best to rinse and dry by hand. The size is 9 x 8 x 7 inches, it weighs about 5 pounds and it sells for $40 (on 3-6-11) at Amazon.
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GROSCHE GLASGOW Glass Teapot and Kettle with Infuser
This tea pot is made of high quality medical grade glass that is lightweight, strong and heat resistant. It is stove top safe on low to medium heat. It has a 1 liter capacity and serves about five cups of tea. To use, bring water to a boil over medium heat, remove from heat, add the herb to the infuser, place the infuser in the pot and cover. It is also microwave safe and can easily be cleaned on the top rack of a dishwasher. This tea pot is 12 x 12 x 12 inches, weighs about 2 pounds and sells for $29.95 (on 3-6-11) at Amazon.
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Adagio Teas Ingenuitea Teapot
This tea pot pours the herbal tea directly into your cup when you place it on top of the cup. It is made of food-grade plastic and holds up to 16 ounces of water. To use, place the mesh filter in the bottom of the pot, add your herb to the pot, pour hot water into it and cover. After it steeps, place the pot on top of a cup - this causes a valve at the bottom of the pot to release the tea to flow down. It is microwave and dishwasher safe. The size of this tea pot is 5.2 x 4 x 6.5 inches, it weighs 12.8 ounces and it sells for $14.95 (on 3-6-11) at Amazon.
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