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The Basics of Tisane Tea

Tisane tea, pronounced tea-zahn, is one of the more popular teas and commonly referred to as an herbal tea. These teas are consumed mostly for their medicinal benefits but provide everyday benefits. There are many varieties of these teas and are used all over the world.

Usually the Camellia sinensis tea plant is used to make tea but it is NOT used for Tisane tea. Tisane is made up of herbs consisting of dried leaves, flowers, bark, fruit, roots, and/or seeds. Historically, tisane was used as a popular mean for curing various ailments. There are many different varieties of tisane but the most popular are Ginger, jasmine, chamomile and hibiscus herb. Each tea has a specific therapeutic or medical impact. For example, ginger tea helps take away nausea, headaches and general muscle pains. If a mild sweet taste is craved, jasmine tea offers calming benefits while also boosting the immune system. Chamomile tea can be used as a sedative to reduce anxiety and provide sleep. Hibiscus tea, also known as Jamaica , assists in fighting off colds and other infections. Tisane is caffeine free which soothes and relaxes the body. Some studies have also shown tisane can fight bacterial growth in the stomach and give the immune system a boost.

Tisane Teas – Used Since Ancient Times

Since ancient times, natural herb teas have been part of human life. The Asian countries, India, Japan, and China, initially developed Tinsane tea; however, the Greeks and Romans knowledge of herbal teas were used in Europe. In the Asian countries a specific Tinsane or herbal tea is known as a barley tea although called by different names and used in Asian cuisine. China uses organic barley tea usually called maicha or damaicha. This specific barley tea is used to treat various health issues for example, to aid in digestion and/or decrease nausea. Japan, uses roasted barley tea, named mugicha, which is cool drink bringing refreshment on a hot summer day. This light tea is also served with Japanese food, helping keep a unique flavor but not overwhelming at the same time. Korean barley tea is known as boricha and is consumed by most of the Korean people thus considered to be the traditional tisane tea.

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