By Yvonne Blackwood ~
Herbal teas, or tisanes, have existed for centuries dating back to ancient Egypt and China. They have become extremely popular in North America in recent years.
A report on the herbal tea industry asserts that the widely publicized health benefits of these teas have boosted their demand significantly over the past five years. Consumers have been purchasing more herbal teas because they are perceived as healthier and good for many ailments than traditional black tea, although black tea still remains the most consumed type of tea in the United States. In 2015 revenue from herbal teas grew to $1.0 billion.
In one of our previous articles about teas, we explained that tisane is any beverage brewed from material other than the Camellia Sinensis bush—teas brewed from barks, stems, berries, seeds, and even leaves of other plants. It is obvious then, that tisane material is limitless.
So what are the qualities you should look for when you select a tisane?
According to an article in Reader’s Digest, Best Health, it is important to look for a well-sourced product made from high-quality ingredients. If you drink herbal tea for medicinal purposes, you should steer clear of products that have things like essential oils or flavours added. In addition, you should steep the loose tea leaves or tea bags longer, say at least ten minutes, to extract the healthful properties. The article further explains that, “Anytime you’re ingesting something, you’re giving your body the building blocks it needs to manufacture tissues and hormones. . . If you drink tea every day, you can make all sorts of significant changes to your mood, your skin, your sense of well-being and energy.”
Below we have listed some of the most popular herbal teas/tisanes and some of their benefits.
Peppermint tea: Naturopath, Colin Huska recommends drinking peppermint tea to relieve symptoms of abdominal gas and bloating, and to relieve muscle spasms. It’s also good for nausea (without vomiting) and for heating up the body and making it sweat.
Ginger tea: Aids digestion. It can curb nausea, vomiting or upset stomach due to motion sickness.
Chamomile tea: Chamomile is a gentle calming and sedative tea that can help with insomnia. Huska recommends it for a cough and bronchitis and when you have a cold or fever. It should be steeped well to get all the medicinal benefits.
Lemon balm tea: Helps to lift the spirits. It is recommended for the winter blahs, and to help improve concentration.
Milk thistle and dandelion tea: According to Huska, when these teas are consumed they act as gentle liver cleansers. “They help the liver to regenerate and function at a higher capacity.”
Rose hip tea: This tea is made from the fruits of the rose plant and is a good source of vitamin C, and important for the immune system, skin and tissue health and adrenal function.
There are so many wonderful herbal teas to choose from. Tell us about your favourite tisane.
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