Although it is most commonly referred to by the moniker “herbal tea blends”, the vast varieties of steeped herbal beverages that are enjoyed all over the world are not really teas at all. In fact, tisanes (the more accurate term for herbal teas) don’t even come from the same plant as true teas. Black, white, green, and oolong tea have the same source: the camellia sinensis plant. The distinctive appearance and taste of any type of true tea comes from how the leaves are prepared once they are harvested. Altering the amount of time camellia sinensis leaves are given to dry and oxidize determines the style of tea that will result; the more time tea leaves spend in the curing process, the stronger and bolder they will be.
While tisanes packaged, sold, and prepared in the same way as true teas, their origins could not be more different. True teas are made exclusively from the leaves of the camellia sinensis plant. Tisanes can have a variety of sources; the most common sources are the South American yerba mate plant, the South African rooibos bush, and any number of herb plants native to all parts of the world. They can be made by drying different parts of the plants from which they come. Tisanes are typically categorized by the part of the plant that is used to make them. Many tea drinkers would be surprised to learn that a large number of the most common “teas” on the market today are actually tisanes: mint and lemongrass (leaf tisanes), chamomile and lavender (flower tisanes), peach, raspberry and apple (fruit tisanes), ginger and Echinacea (root tisanes), cinnamon and black cherry (bark tisanes), and fennel and cardamom (seed or spice tisanes). Unlike camellia sinensis, the plant sources of tisanes are used for much more than their leaves. Because they come from such a wide range of plants and plant parts, tisanes offer many more options in flavor than true teas. The wide variety of tisane flavors is often used to create flavored tea blends; true teas are mixed with tisanes to create varieties such as Chai.
Tisanes of all kinds have been steeped for centuries. The ancient civilizations in Egypt and China left behind documented uses of tisanes for medicinal purposes as well as their general consumption for enjoyment. Either in pure form or blended from various plant sources, tisanes were thought to have had a wealth of healthy properties that could ease anxiety and help to restore health. Tisanes continue to be popular for both their delicious flavors and health benefits today. They are naturally caffeine free (even decaffeinated true teas still contain trace amounts of caffeine), rich in antioxidants and vitamins, and are available in a broad array of flavors and blends. No matter what your taste preferences are, you’re sure to find at least a few tisanes that satisfy your palate. Tisane varieties are just as readily available, easy to prepare, and maybe for some even more tasty than true teas.
One of the most popular cold beverages in America is iced tea. What can be more refreshing on a hot summer day than a perfect icy glass of tea? Endless varieties of iced tea recipes can keep you cool throughout the hot season and benefit your body. Try a new twist on traditional recipes and experiment with pure and flavored teas, rooibos, herbal blends, fruit teas... Let's enter a world of iced tea together with our trendy Iced Minty Organic Pu-Erh recipe.
Minty Organic Pu-Erh Iced Tea (makes 1 quart)
8 level teaspoons of China Yunnan Pu-Erh Organic Black Tea
4 cups of water
1/2 cup of lemon juice
1 cup fresh mint
4 tablespoons honey
ice for serving
1. Bring 4 cups water to a boil.
2. Combine tea leaves and fresh mint.
3. Pour water and let steep for 5 minutes. We recommend our Iced Tea Maker "Control", which will allow brewing fresh iced tea in a simple way!
4. Add honey and lemon juice
5. Serve in tall glasses over ice garnished with fresh mint and slice of lemon. Enjoy!
As you probably know, tea has numerous health benefits. Green tea especially is loaded with a plethora of health benefits. It’s a powerhouse for your body and your immune system. And one doesn’t have to drink hot tea. You can have it iced, and it’s just as delicious, with many health benefits. Nothing is more satisfying on a hot summer day than a delicious, tall glass of iced tea. And iced tea is still one of the healthiest drinks you can enjoy. It’s healthier by far than sugary, processed soda pop or fruit drinks, and it’s quite tasty.
Adds To a Healthy Lifestyle
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important to maintain a strong immune system, a healthy weight, and to help boost your metabolism as well. Exercising regularly and eating healthy are all a part of it. But tea can add to a healthy lifestyle. Adding some brewed tea, hot or iced, to your daily experience is a very easy way to add a glass of health to your life. It can have a huge impact on improving your health in many ways, as tea is packed with antioxidants and vitamins and minerals. It’s a delicious drink that’s just loaded with health benefits such as boosting your immune system, giving you energy, and helping to fight off illnesses and even cancer.
Buy and brew some loose leaf tea. Loose leaf is by far superior to flavorless tea bags. Loose leaf tea has been maintained in its natural state, and in the brewing the water is able to circulate around the leaves. This brings out the flavor of the tea. Loose leaf tea has also been processed naturally most of the time, which means that it has retained the naturally occurring antioxidants and vitamins and minerals. It’s healthier by far as it is still packed with nutrients. There’s really no competition between loose leaf and tea bags. Loose leaf is the way to go.
Have Iced Tea All Week
There are also many flavor pairings that can enhance the natural flavor of the tea as well. After brewing some tea leaves, wait for the tea to cool off and you can even refrigerate it for days and have delicious iced tea all week long. Just add some ice and drink up. Iced tea is delicious and is a far better choice than soft drinks or concentrate juice. It’s absolutely delectable, and yet also has nutritional value and health benefits.
Certain types of tea, such as green tea, have a myriad of health benefits. It can help fight off cancer, improve your memory, help with those trying to lose weight, and can even help to prevent cavities. It has been shown to lower cholesterol and increase the “good” cholesterol, which improves heart health. And tea helps fight off infections and illnesses. It reduces inflammation and also gives you energy and boosts your metabolism. Avoid using sugar in your tea. There are alternatives such as stevia or xylitol which are much healthier to add to iced tea.