If you are unfamiliar with Quassia, it is a shrub that is often prevalent in very tropical parts of the world – think of places like Costa Rica, Brazil, and Venezuela. Quassia itself is commonly found in many herbal bitters and has a wide variety of uses for its wood, including Quassia chips.
Quassia chips have traditionally been prepared as teas or tinctures, concentrated herbal extracts are generated by soaking plant barks and berries in alcohol, distilled water or vinegar, concentrating active ingredients as a liquid.
The steps for making tea with quassia chips are simple.
- Bring water to a boil.
- Place 1 teaspoon per cup into the teapot and add up to 8 ounces of the boiling water.
- Cover the teapot.
- Let it steep for up to 7 minutes; you may prefer a shorter window of time. The longer the steeping period, the stronger the tea will be.