Herbal Teas: easy guide, top 10 best tisanes

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What are tisanes?

Herbal teas, also known as tisanes, are beverages prepared by brewing or steeping botanicals such as roots, flowers, fruits, herbs or spices in hot water. Unlike regular teas, herbal teas do not contain the leaves of the tea plant (Camellia sinensis). As such, herbal teas are free from caffeine. What they do possess are the specific properties of the botanical ingredients they are made of.

Herbal tea benefits

Countless variants and blends of herbal teas are consumed around the world. Some are marketed as holistic and are traditionally used for specific purposes like aiding weight loss or detoxing (Hibiscus or Licorice Root tea), fighting colds and flu (Ginger tea or Mint tea), or inducing good night’s sleep (Chamomile or Kava Kava Root tea). Others are just comforting and flavorful beverages (Rooibos or Jasmine tea). What they all have in common is their natural absence of caffeine. Herbal teas thus serve as healthy alternatives to coffee and high-caffeine teas, not to mention sodas and other sugary drinks.

Decaffeinated teas are not herbal teas

Decaffeination only applies to teas that contain caffeine, to begin with. Since herbal teas are naturally caffeine free, they do not need to undergo decaffeination. Therefore, the ‘decaf’ tag only applies to regular teas sourced from the Camellia sinensis plant.

What about flavored teas?

Flavored teas aren’t necessarily herbal either. Tea flavors can be natural or artificial in nature and can be added to a regular caffeinated tea to achieve a certain aroma, taste or texture. A batch of herbal tea made from all-natural ingredients (sans Camellia sinensis leaves) should not be confused with a black or green tea spiked with spices, herbs, flowers or artificial fruit flavorings.

Some (herbal) tea tips

Always read up on the ingredients in the herbal tea you’re interested in. This will help you cash in on the specific benefits you’re looking for, and avoid picking out something you’re allergic to or not really fond of. It is also best to stick to organic herbal teas and blends. These will be free from chemicals or additives that can interfere with the natural properties of the herbal ingredients.

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AquaRosa, a fruit tea from Kusmi Tea® is inspired by Abyssinian pink tea, a blend based on hibiscus, originally from East Africa but drunk as far away as Mexico, where it is known as Flor de Jamaica.
A signature blend from Vahdam Teas, this exotic tea is the perfect introduction to traditional Indian spices. Aromatic and warm, the citrus undertones of this tisane highlight the bouquet of flavors from the spices, rendering a satisfaction that will surely touch a chord deep within.
  • Pack of six, 20 count (Total of 120 count)
  • Sweet and mellow tea combines chamomile with spearmint and lotus leaves
  • Case of six boxes each containing 18 tea bags (total of 108 tea bags)
  • Flavors include Acai Berry, Blueberry Superfruit, Chamomile, Cinnamon Apple Chamomile, Lemon Ging …
  • Natural Certified
  • Only Natural Ingredients
  • Organic
A dynamic blend of two flavorful Asian spices. Long a staple of Indian Ayurveda, turmeric and ginger work harmoniously to offer an exotic blend of tea with a dynamic taste that you can enjoy whenever you're in the mood for something stimulating.
Organic Cinnamon, Organic Ginger, Organic Turmeric, Organic Sarsaparilla, Organic Black Pepper. An invigorating blend of turmeric, ginger and other fragrant spices, this tea draws from Ayurvedic principles to energize and awaken your mind and body--all without caffeine! This autumnal tisane brews to a beautiful copper hue and can be enjoyed year round, and at any …
Rose hips inclusion loose, hibiscus inclusion loose, apple pieces, natural mango flavor and mango pieces. Fresh mango pieces, apple and hibiscus flowers come together for a tangy, fruity tropical blend. Deep, rosy red cup with a juicy texture and sweet, soft mango finish. Completely caffeine free and no sugar or other sweeteners. Summertime calls...
Organic lemon peel, organic sage, organic lemon balm, organic lemongrass. Enjoy the effects of botanical ingredients like Sage, Lemon Balm, Lemongrass and Lemon Peel for a soothing natural cleanse.* Your body is constantly being challenged by everyday toxins like alcohol, smoke, food additives, and stress. The delicate balance of citrus and sage make “Detox” prepa …
Lemongrass, lemon myrtle, orange peel, rose petals, lemon balm, spearmint, chamomile, lavender. Blender's Notes:Pink Rose Lemonade is a swirling collage of flowers with a hint of lemon and wintergreen. Like a fancy floral confection, this delicately handcrafted tea will refresh and soothe your palate. Pink Rose Lemonade is totally guilt-free, as it has no caffeine and …

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