A herbal tea, tisane, or ptisan is a herbal or plant infusion and usually not made from the leaves of the tea bush (Camellia sinensis). Typically, herbal tea is simply the combination of boiling water and dried fruits, flowers or herbs.
Where is it produced?
South-East Asia, South America, South Africa, China, Japan etc.
Where is it consumed?
It is commonly consumed in China, Japan and South-East Asia. With many people looking for a more natural approach to their everyday aches, ailments and sicknesses, herbal tea remedies are becoming increasingly popular in all parts of the world.
Herbal teas can be made with fresh or dried flowers, leaves, seeds or roots, generally by pouring boiling water over the plant parts and letting them steep for a few minutes. Seeds and roots can also be boiled on a stove. The tisane is then strained, sweetened if so desired, and served. Many companies produce herbal tea bags for such infusions.
Flavored teas are prepared by adding other plants to an actual tea (black, oolong, green, yellow, or white tea); for example, the popular Earl Grey tea is black tea with bergamot, jasmine tea is Chinese tea with jasmine flowers, and genmaicha is a Japanese green tea with toasted rice.
Some of the herbal tea benefits when consumed on a regular basis are:
- To achieve a more calm, relaxed state of mind
- Support heart health
- Aid with stomach and digestive problems
- Provide cleansing properties for the body
- Promote energy and wellness
Some herbal teas have properties that make them hazardous. For example, licorice is great for sore throats and digestive ailments, but it can raise blood pressure. Ephedra helps with respiratory difficulties, but it also accelerates heart rate and can even contribute to heart attacks if used improperly. Comfrey helps with muscle soreness, which is appealing for nursing mothers, but it can be dangerous for their infants.