7 Ways to Drink Loose Leaf Tea

Have you ever wondered how in the heck you drink tea without that little bag that it comes in? I hear the question often, so I figured it’s high time I let you all know some of the best ways to drink loose leaf tea. Loose leaf teas whether herbal like ours, or not, are superior in comparison to those tiny little wasteful bags.  The plant matter is fresher, the flavor is greater, the beauty is astounding, you can see what your drinking into your body, and it’s even kinder to our planet! Read on to learn the best ways I like to take in my favorite loose leaf herbal teas.

Mug Infuser

green mug with loose tea infuser

This is a simple way to drink your teas.  All you have to do is have hot water, the mug, some tea, and the desire to sip something delicious.  Just place your blend inside the in. You can find many great mugs to drink from, including ours right here, or get one made specially for you by checking out my pottery making friend Shane Reaney

The Tea Strainer

celestial tea loose leaf strainer

These little guys are quite versatile. All you have to do is find a mug to pair it with. Just put the strainer inside your mug of choice, and pour hot water over it. When you think the steeping is done, just take the strainer out. I’m to the moon with this cute little Celestial Tea Strainer!


The Tea Ball

tea ball herbal infuser

These are popular among people new to the loose leaf tea world. Honestly, they’re not my favorite, because they have a tendency to let the leaves leak out. I have no problem drinking little bits of plant matter, but most people on a mission to learn how to drink loose leaf teas don’t want to sip the leaves too. Thankfully we’ve found a pretty solid “tea ball like” strainer with our Heart Shaped Tea Strainer right here. It’s durable, and keeps the plant matter inside the infuser.

The Muslin Tea Bag

muslin tea bag for herbal tea

These are a great reusable option for those on a tight budget and just curious about drinking loose leaf teas.  It’s a little muslin bag, be sure you get an unbleached one, and you just fill it with your tea blend, and steep it like a regular old tea bag.  When you’re done with it, empty the tea, compost it, rinse out the bag, and let it dry for the next use. Easy peasy!

The Travel Along Tea Infuser

travel along tea infuser

I love these glass travel tea mugs, and look forward to the day that we have some available to you with our Mountain Mel’s logo on them. They’re easy to take with you, they fit in a car cup holder, and they allow you to see the beauty of the plants as you sip your tea. Win win win!




The French Press

French Press loose leaf tea

It’s kinda like coffee, without the jitters and stained teeth!  A French press is a great way to brew your loose leaf tea. Just put your blend in the bottom of the press, pour hot water, and steep to your desired time. When the time is up, press that French thing, and pour your cuppa!


The Bombilla

blue mug with bamboo bombilla for drinking loose leaf herbal tea

This is my absolute favorite way to drink our loose leaf herbal teas! If you’ve ever drunk mate, you know what this little guy does. It’s like a straw, but for your tea. It’s closed off at the bottom of the straw, and there are tiny holes that filter the plant matter out.  So you can sit with your mug full of gorgeous plants, sip through a straw, and admire the immense beauty a cup of plants can bring to your day and life. We’ve got two different bombilla's available for you. First, we’ve got this Bamboo Bombilla, functional, lovely, and a great price!  Then, we’ve got the next step up with this Stainless Steel Bombilla. This one feels quite luxurious on the lips, has a spring loaded base so it’s easier to clean, and will last forever!

While this certainly is not a complete list, hopefully it takes a bit of the guesswork out of how to drink loose leaf tea for you, and you can now experience what all of the rage is about! Now go ahead, find your favorite loose leaf herbal blends here, heat up some water, and enjoy your next cuppa, loose leaf style!


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*Always remember to contact your healthcare provider when considering the use of botanical medicine as a possible treatment option and the medical considerations. While the information in this article is absolutely relevant, herbs work differently for each person and each condition.

**I am a trained herbalist and not a licensed or registered healthcare practitioner. I cannot diagnose health conditions, nor prescribe medicines legally; I am not a medical doctor. However, I will recommend or suggest medicinal herbs for various health complaints, as I do believe in the safety and efficacy of botanical medicine.

***The information I’ve provided is not intended to be a substitute for medical treatment. Please consult your medical care provider before using herbal medicine, particularly if you have a known medical condition or if you are pregnant or nursing.



About the Author: Melissa Mutterspaugh


Melissa lives in Oregon, in the foothills of Mount Hood.  She's a clinical herbalist, environmental educator, mother, wilderness therapist, lover, nemophilist, music loving maniac, and the founder of Mountain Mel's Essential Goods.  She is passionate about inspiring others to take better care of our planet, through taking better care of themselves, naturally!


Mountain Mel:

Shheryl, which recipe are you talking about? I’d love to help if I can.

Mar 17, 2019

Mountain Mel :

Thanks for the insight @Olesja. I’ve heard from a few others that it’s a great one too.

Nov 09, 2018


This strainer is by far the most convenient I have used: http://www.adagio.com/teaware/ingenuiTEA_teapot.html

Nov 09, 2018


I am unable to locate the recipe you suggested

Nov 09, 2018

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