One of the most interesting facts about Herbal teas (aka tisanes or infusions) is that they are not technically classified as a true tea. True teas refer to those that come from the Camellia sinensis plant (black, white, green, and oolong.)
Herbal teas are naturally caffeine-free and are made by infusing the leaves, bark, roots, or flowers of fresh or dried edible plants into hot water and have been used for medicinal purposes dating all the way back to ancient Egypt and China.
There are many different types of herbal teas, each one containing a distinctive flavor profile, method of preparation, and composition of phytochemicals to enhance overall wellbeing. Below are some of our favorite herbal teas and benefits of each.
Research suggests that rooibos tea (aka red tea or red bush tea) may have health-protecting benefits due to its high concentration of antioxidant-rich bioactive polyphenolic compounds that may support the body’s natural detoxification process and promote brain health. Pair rooibos teas with decadent desserts, aged cheeses, and fruit for a magical culinary experience.
Fruit infusions are some of the most delicious and nutritious “teas” both on their own and when blended with traditional teas. Made from infusing dried fruits with hot water, fruit teas release antioxidant-rich vitamins and nutrients directly into your glass. One of our favorite free-radical fighting blends is Blueberry Acai! Made with a base of rooibos, blueberry, and acai, this tea is ultra rich in anthocyanins and Vitamin C to support the body’s immune system.
If you’re not a huge fan of traditional teas on their own or you’d like to add a little kick to your cup, you might want to consider trying a blend like Ginger Peach! A rich blend of black tea, ginger, and dried peach, this is a wonderful tea both warm and cold and is full of heart-healthy and stomach soothing ingredients. Pair fruit teas with rich desserts like dark chocolate and pastries of all kinds.
Peppermint and spearmint are two wonderfully refreshing teas that may encourage alertness and in addition to comforting upset stomachs. The menthol aroma of mint teas may also help to relax the mind and encourage deeper breathing. Mint teas pair wonderfully with salads, falafel, tabouleh, and lamb.
One of the most well-known teas, chamomile is the ultimate tea for relaxation. It is also thought to aid in digestion, making it a great choice for an after-dinner drink. Some studies suggest that chamomile is also a wonderfully soothing tea for women dealing with menstrual cramps. Chamomile tea pairs well with fruity cakes and scones and any lighter desserts.
Whether you’re new to teas or an avid tea drinker, herbal teas and blends are a wonderful way to complement or get started on your tea-drinking journey!