If using tea bags, use one bag per 8 oz. cup of boiled water. Do not store tea in cupboard too long, as it can lose its potency. Do not store tea of any variety (bags, loose-leaf, etc.) in the refrigerator or freezer. Store in a cupboard and use as soon as possible. If you don't have filtered or bottled water, allow tap water to run 10 to 15 seconds first.