LadyArden wrote:If you really want a lemon herbal just chop up some lemons and add to hot water. It would be fresher and cheaper if you want just lemons not lemongrass or lemon-flavored black.
With most lemon teas, what you are actually infusing are dried lemon peels.
The citrus oil is in the skin (not the white part, the colored part on the very outside). While it might be nasty straight, it imparts a very strong taste for a relatively small amount.
If you want the taste of lemon tea, I doubt that just cutting up fresh lemons would have the same result (although it would certainly be lemony, if that's what you're after). But here are a couple of ideas:
a lemon, and steep the lemon zest
buy lemon citrus oil
just use fresh lemon peels
dry your own lemon peels
Having not tried any of those, I can't really say which one would work best. I'm concerned about the fresh lemon peels, because I'm not sure whether or not the rind would introduce any flavor prior to being dried (or maybe that's just crazy talk). I am personally inclined to think that lemon zest would result in the best flavor, but I tend to like lemon zest in a lot of recipes, so YMMV. Just drink whatever tastes best to you. Whether it tastes like the original lemon tea or better.