Stress relief in a cup.
If you deadhead your flowers and grow your own herb garden, your tea is free. Simple as that.
In my household, our favorite tea is Peppermint. Lemon Balm comes in a close second.
Muddling is the process of crushing or simply bruising herbs.
Mortar & Pestle – go marble.
Genuine marble is non-porous and keeps odors and oils from penetrating. A porous material will soak up both the soap from washing and the oils from previous muddling. You don’t want your peppermint tea to taste like peppermint, soap and chamomile from a previous brew & wash!
Granite is considered fairly non-porous. It is possible for detergent residue to get in the uneven surface.
If you don’t mind a little carry-over, don’t wash a granite mortar and pestle every single time after use. However, when washing, use a light amount of detergent, and then dry it and grind white rice in it.
Grinding white rice is a very common practice.
I highly recommend a tea infuser/mesh tea ball.