Herb tea is properly called an herbal infusion or tisane in French and is made from the bark, roots, leaves, flowers, berries and seeds of any plant but the Camellia sinensis tea plant. Herb teas, as a result, offer unlimited flavor variations as well as colors and aromas and are a soothing, natural and relaxing alternative to "true" tea. Each herb and spice has its own flavor and taste characteristic which is released when boiling water is poured over them and the herb's cells are broken. A single herb is the best way to appreciate the pure flavor however combinations of two or more can result in an infinite variety of taste sensations. Creating your own herbal tea blends is fun and the possibilities are endless. Custom tea blends are a wonderful and healthy gift for loved ones.
Try a few of these flavorful herbs alone or combine with your favorite healthy tisane or tea base such as rooibos, honeybush or green tea.
Catnip (Nepeta cataria) – leaves are used to produce a subtle lemon-minty relaxing tea
Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) – small, daisy-like flowers are used to produce a light sweet, apple like taste and delightful aroma for an overall feeling of well-being
Ginger Root (Zingiber officinale) – the root is used to produce a tangy yet refreshing tea effective against stomach upset
Hibiscus (Hibiscus sabdariffa) – the flower sepals are used to produce a tangy deep red infusion which is rich in Vitamin C
Jasmine flower (Jasminum officinale) – the fragrant blossoms are used to produce delicate fruity and floral notes when brewed
Lavender (Lavendula officinalis) – the flowers are used to produce a slightly sweet, highly aromatic floral flavor to help relieve stress
Lemongrass (Cynbopogon citratus) – The grass blades are used to produce a lemon taste without the tanginess
Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza glabra) – the root is used to produce a natural sweetness with an anise aftertaste
Peppermint (Mentha piperita) – the leaves are used to produce a cool, fresh, yet pungent brew to lift the spirit and calm an empty stomach
Rose Petals & Buds (Rosa spp) – just the petals or buds are used to produce a red tint and a light floral note that lingers
Rosehips (Rosa canina) – the fruit of roses is used to produce a red tea with a mildly tart lemon-orange flavor high in vitamin C
Spearmint (Mentha cardiaca) – the leaves are used to produce a cool fresh taste that is great for digestion
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