What is Herbal Tea?

Although herbal tea is not officially a tea because it does not come from the Camellia sinensis plant, it is very popular. Herbal tea blends fruits, leaves, roots, bark, or edible flowers to create an infusion from non-tea plants. Some of the more common herbal teas include Hibiscus tea, chamomile tea, yerba mate, peppermint tea, and red rooibos tea. Herbal tea is known more as tisanes within Europe.

History

Herbal tea has a long history, dating back to ancient ancestors creating infusions with roots, plants, and various herbs that were easily available. There are documentations of herbal tea being used in ancient China and Egypt, indicating herbal infusions were used as a medical treatment. Today, herbal teas are still consumed for health purposes and helping the body relax.

Caffeine Levels

The majority of herbal teas are going to be caffeine free. This makes them great for relaxing in the evening without caffeine keeping you up. It is also an advantage for those who are sensitive to caffeine.

There are some herbal tea types that contain caffeine, such as Mate Latte varieties.

Health Benefits

There are many health benefits, just depending on which herbs are used for the infusion. Of course, if you combine multiple ingredients, such as roots and plants, or flowers the final result may have even more health benefits.

Getting creative with your creations is always fun, you never know what you may enjoy until you try it. Like Hibiscus, maybe peppermint? Why not try both together? Peppermint hibiscus!

  • Hibiscus tea is common for helping maintain a balanced blood pressure.
  • Chamomile tea is a very popular herbal tea for helping relax the body, great at bed time.
  • Rooibos teas are high in antioxidants.

Other varieties that offer unite health benefits include:

  • Ginseng
  • Ginger tea
  • Cinnamon
  • Holy basil tea
  • Turmeric tea
  • Ginkgo biloba
  • Rosehip tea

When trying a new herb, it is best to discuss any questions with your doctor, as some herbs may interact with medications and/or health conditions.

Steeping your Herbal Tea

Like with any tea, steeping is simple. You start by heating up the water, preferably filtered for the best taste. Once boiling, pour water over your tea and allow it to steep for 5 to 7 minutes.

Various Recipes from Herbal Tea

In addition to traditional tea infusions, herbal teas can be helpful in making all sorts of recipes. There are recipes on cookies, spritzers, cookies, even puddings. These are great for the holidays too. Check out Allrecipies.com for many tea recipes.