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Enjoy Herbal Teas and Tisanes

Updated on April 4, 2015

Herbal Teas & Tisanes

Herbal teas are not made from the tea plant, so some people prefer to use the name "tisane", but most of us do refer to them as "teas." They are made from a variety of dried flowers, berries, fruits, herbs, and even from roots, and do not contain caffeine. Herbal teas should be brewed with hot water at 200°F, and are believed to have some beneficial effects. Some are used as folk remedies that have been around for millennia.

Chamomile, or camomile, is a classic and popular herbal tea. It has been used for centuries as a folk remedy for stomach ache and irritable bowel syndrome and also as a sleep aid, as it is believed to induce sleep. The tea, brewed from the heads of dried chamomile flowers, is caffeine-free, with a golden color and a light apple-like scent. Black cohosh tea is used by some women to ease the symptoms of menstrual discomfort or menopause. It is also used for coughs, high cholesterol levels and rheumatism, but note that it has not been evaluated by the FDA for safety or effectiveness. Some people take ginger tea to reduce nausea, while ginseng is popular as a stimulant and aphrodisiac. Recently, rooibos, a red infusion from a native South African bush, has been found to contain as much antioxidant as tea, and is caffeine-free. Rooibos, pronounced roy-bus, is an African slang word meaning "red bush". The tea is also called red bush tea. Rooibos can be found with a variety of infused flavors, including chai, citrus and Earl Grey.

The photo is by Petr Kratochvil, and is in the Public Domain.

Calming teas to help you sleep

Valerian has been used for centuries to soothe and calm at bedtime. Valerian, in combination with chamomile and passionflower is thought to reduce stress, as well as calm the mind. Licorice, cardamom and cinnamon can give a delicious, warming flavor.

Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) takes its name from the Latin valere, "to be strong" and is native to Europe and the USA. It was known for its beneficial properties as early as the time of Hippocrates in the 4th and 5th centuries BC. During the Middle Ages, in Britain, it was known as "All-Heal". In medieval times, it was used as a condiment. And in the 16th century, it was used as a perfume. I find Valerian teas to be very effective when I need a little help at bedtime.

Celestial Seasonings Herbal Tea, Sleepytime Extra, 20 Count
Celestial Seasonings Herbal Tea, Sleepytime Extra, 20 Count

Sleepytime-Valerian, with added flavors of spearmint and orange blossom, promotes restful, natural sleep.

 

Herbal Tea

Herbal teas often have delicious sounding names: Apricot Amaretto, Blueberry Merlot, Cherry Cosmo, Mango and Cinnamon or Echinacea and Raspberry to name just a few.

With such an amazing choice, it's hard to know where to begin. So, I recommend trying a few sampler packs to help you find out what you really like.

As well as being available as "loose leaf" teas, most come as tea bags or easy to use, pre-portioned pouches, so now you can enjoy the perfect cup anywhere.

  • For tea bags: One tea bag makes 1 serving of hot tea. For iced tea, you should brew double strength.
  • For tea pouches: Empty the contents of a pouch into your teapot or infusing basket and pour in the water.

To try these teas at their best, brew 3-5 minutes or to desired taste.

Celestial Seasonings Herbal Tea, Fruit Tea Sampler, 18 Count (Pack of 6)
Celestial Seasonings Herbal Tea, Fruit Tea Sampler, 18 Count (Pack of 6)

Super fruity sampler pack including Black Cherry Berry, Cranberry Apple Zinger, Country Peach Passion, Raspberry Zinger and Tangerine Orange Zinger. Natural ingredients and caffeine-free.

Six pack, 18 tea bags per pack

 
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Mint tea

In Arabic : touareg or tuareg

Mint tea is popular in northern Africa and several Arab countries, and is drunk all day. It is a very sweet tea, traditionally prepared with a strong Chinese tea, like gunpowder green tea. Fresh spearmint leaves and sugar are added to the pot (a ratio of 5:1 of sugar to mint is the classic recipe), boiling water is poured over, and the mix is allowed to steep for three to five minutes. The hot mint tea is often served in a glass. Mint tea is considered therapeutic, a digestive aid that fights heartburn.

The photo is by Petr Kratochvil, and is in the Public Domain.

Ginseng Tea

Hansamin Red Ginseng Tea is great alternative to morning coffee; feel energised without the shakiness of coffee. Many people believe that ginseng extract has health benefits, such as combating fatigue. This ginseng tea is convenient to take because it is granulated.

Hansamin Korean Red Ginseng Tea Gold, 50 Count
Hansamin Korean Red Ginseng Tea Gold, 50 Count

Mix a sachet (3g) of red ginseng tea with hot water and stir, add honey or sweetening, if you prefer.

 

I enjoy herbal teas - they make a refreshing change from coffee or standard tea. My favorites include chamomile teas and fruit teas. Which are your favorites?

What's your favorite hot drink? - Do you enjoy herbal teas?

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      savateuse 3 years ago

      I have to admit, I love strawberries too!

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from Perth UK

      My favourite is anything to do with strawberries -I drink green tea everyday. But, being British -I love any sort of tea really! Nice hub!

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      Susanna Duffy 3 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      My favourite is green tea with ginger and lemon