A visit to a well-known tea parlor in old Delhi opened a whole new world of tea infusions, flavored teas and herbal teas called Tisane. The world of herbal teas extends much beyond our realms of imaginations and there is a variety of aromatic teas available which not only have health benefits but also delectable flavors.
Tisanes, as herbal teas are known, resemble the common tea and are similarly brewed in boiling water but they do not have the tea leaf from Camellia Sinensis bush. For over 5,000 years herbal teas have been part of the tradition and culture around the globe.
Tisanes can be made from the mixture of fresh or dried flowers, leaves, seeds or roots, grasses, nuts, barks etc according to their health benefits and taste.
The common health benefits of drinking herbal teas are:
1. A calm and relaxed state of mind
2. A healthy heart
3. Aid in stomach and digestive problems
4. Tisane also cleanses the body of toxins and promotes positive energy and wellness
Tisanes, Herbal infusions and their Health Benefits
Chamomile tea, Jasmine tea and Ginger tea are some of the common herbal teas. Each one of them has a distinctive taste as well as health benefits. Apart from these the spices that go into making a great herbal infusion are All Spice to soothe the common cold and relieve upset stomachs, Chrysanthemum to help reduce body heat during fever and to help protect against liver damage and in neutralizing the effect of toxins in the body, Lemon grass for its calming properties, Parsley for its diuretic effect and to help with kidney function, Peppermint as greater stress-relieving and help with stomach and to help with the digestive ailments. It also acts as a breath freshener. One can choose from a wide variety depending on the need.
The chamomile tea is made from dried chamomile flower petals. It is a part of the daisy plant family.
I have been using chamomile tea as a stress reliever and it really is a great remedy. Chamomile is known for its calming attributes and has anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic properties that help relieve and keep away a variety of maladies including painful bothersome cramps during menstrual cycle. Chamomile tea is a favorite sleep inducer and a natural cure for people suffering from sleep related problems as it is a natural sedative.
It is found to be useful in treating and relieving morning sickness, restlessness, rheumatic problems, skin ulcers, stress-related flatulence, teething problems, ulcerative colitis, wounds, it is also a muscle relaxant and antispasmodic.
Chamomile is often used to help relieve anxiety and is rich in essential oils that help the digestive system function properly. It is also good for the skin; Dip a cotton wool in the tea and use it as a skin cleanser or compress. One can use it to cure tired strained eyes by putting chilled Chamomile tea bags or Chamomile ice cubes as compress.
So Chamomile tops my list of herbal teas.
Jasmine tea is made with a special blend of high quality loose tea leaves with jasmine flower petals.
Jasmine herbal tea has an exotic aroma and flavor and all the wonderful antioxidant properties of a green tea. It has been known for centuries due to its relaxing and warming qualities and soothing effects on the digestive system.
Jasmine tea eliminates the free radicals preventing some forms of cancer; it also helps in arresting aging process. It connects with cholesterol, blocks it, decreases its level in blood, as well as prevents bad cholesterol.
Jasmine tea is believed to prevent brain strokes, heart attacks, thrombosis and arterial sclerosis thus proving highly beneficial for our circulatory system. It prevents diabetes and reducing high blood pressure.
Jasmine tea helps in fighting viruses and bacteria. It prevents influenza, cavities and food poisoning, cholera, dysentery, mouth bacteria etc. One of the most important jasmine tea health benefits is to improve intestine conditions by blocking development and growth of bad bacteria and strengthening good bacteria in the intestines.
This gentle fragrant tea is a storehouse of medicinal properties and very delicate in taste.
Ginger is a natural spice and known world over for its medicinal properties. It is an underground stem and highly sought after for its health benefits. It has a calming soothing flavor with just a little bite to it which makes it even more delicious.
Sipping ginger tea before starting on a journey relieves one of the motion sickness as it helps to calm a queasy stomach. For hundreds of years people have used Ginger tea as home remedy for nausea and colds to indigestion and joint pain. It also helps to boost the immune system and promotes cardiovascular health.
It prevents nausea and morning sickness in pregnant women and aids digestion. It also acts as an appetizer. It stimulates blood circulation and thus gives relief from rheumatoid arthritis and joint pains. It helps cure flatulence, indigestion, and diarrhea.
A little ginger tea a day can slow production of triglycerides and Bad cholesterol (LTL) in the liver. Ginger tea is very effective in treating the nasty common cold as it loosens the phlegm and fight chills by spreading a warm feeling in the body.
It is also helpful in curing headaches and onset of migraine.
Ginger tea can be made by peeling and grating fresh ginger root, and then boiling it in water. The tea can be simmered for 15 to 20 minutes depending on the desired strength.
So now that we know the benefits of Tisanes or herbal infusions brew your own cup of these delicious healthy drinks and stay healthy.