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An Herbal Tisane is a combination of herbs, fruits and florals to create an infusion similar to that of tea.  But, true TEA contains actual tea leaves from the Camellia sinensis plant.   Many will call it an “herbal tea”.  However, if the beverage does not contain tea leaves from this plant it is called a TISANE.  Thus, Herbal Tisane. Tisane is French for "herb tea".

Herbal Tisanes range in flavor from bitter to sweet, delicate to bold, grassy & earthy to floral or spicy.

Chamomile Citrus
Chamomile Citrus

Chamomile is one of the most popular herbs used in making tisanes.  It has a light, sweet, apple-like aroma and imparts a natural “sweetness” to the tisane.

Most Herbal Tisanes are naturally caffeine-free with the exception of Yerba Maté, Guayusa, and Yaupon (all are in the holly family).  Yerba Maté is a South American bush in the holly family.  Guayusa is a type of holly tree native to the Amazon rainforest, particularly in Ecuador, Peru, and Colombia. Yaupon is a type of holly native to the southeastern United States, particularly in coastal regions from Virginia to Florida and westward to Texas. But unlike other herbal components, they do contain caffeine.

Another popular herbal tisane is Rooibos.  Rooibos is also known as Red Bush Tea.  It is from a South African bush and has a rich, slightly sweet flavor.  Rooibos is used as a base in many herbal blends.

Some herbal blends aren’t as palatable as others.  Components often used to help with the flavor of some herbals are Rooibos, Yerba Mate, and even real teas.  Many herbal blends are blended for their health benefits (which would account for some of the unpalatable flavors of a few blends).

It is wise to be sure the herbal components in an herbal blend are not contraindicated with medical conditions or medicines one is currently taking.

To prepare Herbal Tisane:1-2 tsp ~ 8 oz water ~ 212 F ~ 5+ minutesUnlike regular tea, herbal tisanes can be steeped for as long as you’d like.  The longer the steep the stronger it will be.  It can also be made stronger by increasing the amount of herbs per 8 oz water.

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