Updated: Nov 8, 2020
The phrase “herbal tea” is actually an oxymoron considering the fact that there is no tea in "herbal tea". Tea is the leaf of the Camellia sinensis plant and is synonymous with green tea, black tea, white tea, oolong tea, yellow tea, and dark tea. All are products of the same plant with variations of growing regions and harvesting techniques. So with all that being said, I challenge you to never ever say “herbal tea” again. As you begin to use the word “tisane” ti·sane /təˈzan/, defined as a medicinal drink or infusion, you will surely not only impress your friends but have a great conversation starter over “tea”. And although not nearly as sophisticated, and may not entice you to wave your pinky in the air, “herbal blend” is also commonly used. What you need to know is tisanes/ herbal blends are an infusion of herbs, fruits, nuts, berries, seeds, and other medicinal plant parts minus the tea. Here are a few of my favorite Tea Spout tisanes.
Ingredients: Rooibos, catnip, valerian root, chamomile, spearmint, and rosehips.
After my daughter spent months on a prescription of Melatonin, I decided to take my studies to another level and began creating blends of my own. After much trial and error, I came up with the perfect blend to put a long day to rest. I recommend this little night cap about an hour before bedtime with a little honey, lemon and a bubbly bath. Sweet z’s!
Ingredients: Honeybush, lemongrass, lemon myrtle, rose hips, hibiscus, eucalyptus, orange.
The slightly sweeter version of its cousin Rooibos, Honeybush is a caffeine-free shrub indigenous to South Africa and goes fabulously with citrus. No sweeter necessary and ultra refreshing iced.
Ingredients: Honeybush, rooibos, cinnamon, black peppercorn, ginger, turmeric, and honeybee pollen.
Turmeric is one of my favorite medicinal herbs. It's a potent anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and helps with my muscle and joint pain. It’s also a great immune booster during flu season. The combination of turmeric with honey and pepper helps to absorb into the blood stream faster. Naturally sweet but an added dash of honey never hurt no one. This spicy little treat will surely warm you to the bone.
Ingredients: Plantain Leaf, holy basil, ginger, spearmint, rose hips, lemon myrtle, linden blossom.
I created this blend as part of my 20 pound weight loss plan and I still drink it today after lunch. Packed with amazing detox herbs, I also add a shot of matcha (70mg caffeine) to help digest my lunch and help me get over that afternoon slump.
Ingredients: Ginger pieces, whole coriander, whole cardamom, turmeric root, cloves, nutmeg.
Obviously, I am a tea lover but I try to keep my caffeine intake low so I always go herbal after lunchtime. This one is perfect because it offers a boost of energy by stimulating the blood with its spicy properties. Fun Fact: An 8oz tisane counts as a water serving!
Ingredients: Almonds, apple, cinnamon, beets.
My absolute all time favorite “How many days til Christmas?” And “Can we bake some pies?”, cuddle by the fire herbal happiness in a cup! Spoiler alert: Watch for The Nutcracker recipe which will go live with our December 1st Holiday Concoctions.
Ingredients: Cherry, kiwi, and coconut.
Fruity, caffeine-free deliciousness no matter what the weather. I know we’re supposed to be discussing caffeine-free beverages but I just have to say that this blend is amazing with a shot of Coconut Matcha!
Well, I tried to stick with my 5 fab but couldn't resist throwing in a couple more and honestly, I could go on! Search your favorite ingredients. You’ll be hooked too.
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