Handcraft herbal teas and tisanes using these recipes for personal wellness. Making herbal drinks warm and cool is a refreshing way to care for your body, mind, and spirit.
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What are herbal teas?
So, you want to create herbal teas and tisanes with easy recipes, but what’s the difference?
Technically, herbal teas are not tea as they generally do not use the leaves of the tea plant, Camellia sinensis. Herbal teas are infusions of various non-tea plants steeped in water. Herbal teas can be made from the dried leaves, roots, barks, and various plants’ stems.
In my free Herbal Teas and Tisanes Quick Guide, I use the term Herbal Teas to refer to recipes that use tea leaves and are flavored with various herbs and spices. A good example of such a concoction is Chai Tea, one of my favorites!
Generally speaking, herbal teas are flavorful, medicinal, and either caffeine-free or low in caffeine. They can be enjoyed hot or chilled and are comforting and support various bodily functions such as digestion and relaxation
Generally speaking, herbal teas are called tisanes. I like this word very much. It captures the essence of something both ancient and easily accessible. Something about the sounds of the word speaks to wellness.
Crafting Herbal Tea and Tisanes from Loose Herbs
These herbal tea and tisane recipes use loose leaves of tea and herbs.
Watch this video from my favorite source for loose herbs and spices, Mountain Rose Herbs, and learn the easy craft of making herbal teas and tisanes.
What is a tisane?
Tisanes, pronounced tea-
Tisanes can be brewed from the leaf, flower, bark, root, fruit, and/or seeds of various plants and herbs. Some examples include mint teas brewed from leaves, hibiscus tea that uses the flower of the plant, and ginger tea from the root/rhizome of the plant. Many of my own tea blends are flavored with the seed cardamom and the bark cinnamon.
How much herbal tea or tisane can I drink in a day for wellness?
You love these herbal tea and tisane recipes, but just how much can you drink in a day?
Advice on consuming herbal teas and tisanes is all over the place. I think that is because the varieties and purposes of these magical elixirs is all over the place. Some people consume herbal teas for pleasure, others for steady hydration, and still others for medicinal purposes.
As a rule, I would say 4-6 cups of herbal tea a day is a safe dosage. I also think the Ayurvedic practice of throwing a tea bag in your water bottle to add nutrition to your daily hydration practice is a good idea. The dosage of herbs is dilute and steady. I like to use a daily detox tea blend to flavor my drinking water. How about you?
How do I source herbs for teas and tisanes for these recipes?
Sourcing organic ingredients for your herbal brews is essential. Steeping the ingredients in hot water is intended to extract the nutritional and medicinal properties of the herbs and create enjoyable flavors. You don’t want to be extracting agrichemicals into your teas. That does not support wellness.
I have one trusted source for the herbs I do not grow myself, Mountain Rose Herbs. This woman-owned company has the highest quality products and ethical standards in the industry. To save on shipping costs, I will often invite friends to combine their orders with my own. I also am
I grew many of my own herbs, especially perennial plants like lemon balm, nettle, chamomile, and rose. My perennial herb gardens brighten the air in my gardens with their aromas as much as they brighten the flavors of my teas and tisanes. The herb garden is a multi-purpose wellness practice!
However, you choose to source your herbs for teas and tisanes, make sure they are organic and ethically sourced.
Can herbal teas and tisanes be bad for you?
As with all things, moderation is the best approach. Herbal teas and tisanes, whether store purchased or handcrafted, contain ingredients that can energize, relax, detox, aid digestion, support healing, and offer many other influences to the body. Herbalists recommend moderation when taking up the herbal tea habit. My research revealed consistent
6 Herbal Tea and Tisane Recipes for Seasonal Wellness
Now that you know your teas and tisanes it’s time to get crafty in the kitchen! Use the button below to get my FREE recipe quick guide, 6 Easy Herbal Tea and Tisane Recipes for Seasonal Wellness. I promise it will be your simple go-to resource for creating a daily herbal tea habit that supports your hydration and wellness goals.
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