Also known as “tisane”, herbal tea is a blanket term for all herbs, spices and flowers that are prepared and drank as a “tea” but are not from the Camellia Sinensis (orthodox tea) plant.
Herbs have been consumed as tea since mankind was created! Historical accounts show us that different cultures have incorporated herbal teas to their lives for centuries. The Chinese call it “liang cha”, which would translate as “cooling tea” because they use herbal teas to “cool down” the body’s organs (terminology used in traditional Chinese medicine) for centuries. Ayurvedic traditional Indian medicine also uses specific herbal blends to help bring balance and healing. Ancient Egypt was known to consume hibiscus and chamomile tea for their healing properties. Herbal teas are a great caffeine free option widely known to have healing and medicinal properties.
Whether you’re looking for help sleeping, calming an uneasy digestive system, boosting your immune system, seeking help for constipation, bloating, weight loss, PMS, menopause or battling mild depression- there are countless herbal tea remedies available!
Classics include Chamomile, Peppermint, Hibiscus, Lemon Balm, St. John’s Wort, and Tulsi.
Health Benefits of Drinking Herbal Tea
There are so many herbal teas; boasting countless benefits, but here are some health benefits of the most popular! Chamomile tea is known to aid in sleep, and has a calming effect. Peppermint tea is great after meals and is beneficial for digestive issues, gas, nausea, bad breath, and respiratory issues. Hibiscus tea has shown in numerous studies to lower high blood pressure. Fennel tea has antiseptic properties, making it beneficial for gastrointestinal issues, improves digestions, will aid to balance intestinal issues with either constipation or diarrhea, and is a natural diuretic. Raspberry leaf is a wonder tonic for women’s health, known to strengthen the uterus and lessen cramps.
We suggest following the specific suggestions on your bag of herbal tea, but here are some guidelines.
1.5-2 tsp of loose tea for every 8oz of water. 210F/98C for 4-5 minutes, cover while steeping..