Tisane tea is the lesser-known name for herbal tea brewed by using all parts of an herbal plant. In addition, this kind of tea does not contain any caffeine, which makes it a nice alternative for those who are sensitive to the stimulating affects of caffeine.
Drinking several cups of tisane or herbal tea every day denotes the consumption of an "herbal infusion. It is brewed like other hot water teas but it lacks the traditional camellia sinensis leaves found in caffeinated teas, such as white loose leaf tea or green loose leaf tea.
To define this type of tea, you simply have to exchange the word "tisane" for "herbal. The word originated sometime in the 14th century, emerging from Middle English, from the Greek ptisane and Latin ptisana literally meaning "crushed barley. A beverage infusion usually contains barks, fruits, seeds, grasses, stems, flowers and dried leaves of various herbs to create a beverage providing physical and medical benefits. Some tea benefits include:
Specific herbs also administer additional health benefits. For example, dandelion tea works as a gentle diuretic to eliminate water retention while herbalists commonly prescribe St. John's wort to relieve depression symptoms. Other herbs frequently used in making herbal tea or tisane are:
Preparation of herbal tea or tisane tea is usually prepared as decoctions or infusions. To make a decoction, you put herbs in a pot that is not made from aluminum, cover the herbs with water and then boil the mixture until most, but not all, of the water has evaporated. Berries, barks and roots of herbs are generally included in decoctions, which are strained before drinking.
to extract the flavor of by boiling
a drink made by allowing something (such as tea) to stay in a liquid (such as hot water) : a drink made by infusing something
When decoction is used as the method of preparation, more flavor and essential oils are released into the boiling water. The type of herb used determines the amount of time required to brew particular tisanes. Amounts needed to make a good cup of tea are also different, with strongly aromatic herbs providing enough taste with just 1/2 a teaspoon of plant material. Herbs purchased prepackaged will offer brewing directions.
Some simple herbal tea recipes include:
Boil four cups of water in pan while trimming the tough lemon grass tips. Add all ingredients to boiling water, cover, then remove from heat. Steep for about ten minutes, then strain the tea and serve cold, hot or over ice.
Prepare this tea like the lemon tea except steep lemon tea for about 20 minutes. By learning about the hundreds of edible herbs, their unique tastes, aromas and medicinal qualities, you can brew a cup of tisane tea specifically for whatever ails you. Although the majority of herbs are safe to consume, always perform thorough research on any herb with which you are unfamiliar before making an infusion or decoction containing that herb.
Parents who prefer their children not drink caffeine will appreciate these beverages. Not only are they healthier drinks, they are also easily made without sugar or artifical sweeteners. Not getting children hooked on sugared beverages will go a long way to preventing child obesity. The added bonus is the cost is much less expensive that soda.
Let me recommend Berry Blast Herbal Tea for a refreshing sugar free beverage for your children. African Rooibos is also a good tisane to offer kids. If a little sweetener is a must, use honey. It is a healthy sweetener.
Other good beverages with out caffeine