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Have you ever wondered why so many people drink tisane? A tisane is basically an herbal tea or a blend of herbs. Most people often consume herbs for their many health benefits. Unlike “true teas” that only come from the Camellia Sinensis plant, tisanes come from several different flowers, roots, herbs, spices, and fruits.
What is Tisane Tea Good For?
Since tisanes, or herbal teas, can come from different plants and fruits, the benefits will vary depending on which type of tisane you’re drinking. While all tisanes are good for you, each one has its own helpful purposes.
It’s worth researching the individual kinds so you can work out which is best for your needs.
In general, tisane tea is good for numerous things, such as:
- Fighting off diseases
- Boosting your immune system
- Relieving pain
- Reducing stress
- Increasing sleep for people who have insomnia
- Nausea and vomiting
Not every tisane tea will have all of the health benefits listed above. Each herb has its own list of benefits.
Which Tisanes Have the Best Health Benefits?
Finding a tisane tea that suits your needs can be hard. There are so many different tisanes and herbal blends to choose from. Here are some of the most popular tisanes that have many benefits so you can choose the one that’s best for you.
Chamomile is one of the most popular tisanes due to its many health benefits. It’s popular for its calming effect and most people drink it before going to bed to help get a good night’s rest. It’s also good for a lot of other medical problems, including:
- Reducing menstrual pain
- Preventing cancer
- Treating cold and flu symptoms
- Lowering blood sugar
- Reducing inflammation
- Slowing down osteoporosis
Peppermint tea is widely popular around the world and is good for a variety of health benefits. Peppermint not only gives you fresh-smelling breath, is also a popular stress reliever. Some of the many other uses of peppermint tea are:
- Losing weight
- Boosting the immune system
- Helping you fall asleep
- Improving digestion
- An upset stomach
Ginger root is a tisane that has been used for ages. While it may have an overwhelming flavor, it also has some amazing advantages that prevent problems like:
- Motion sickness
- Nausea from pregnancy
- High or low blood sugar
- Weight gain or loss
- Headaches, cramps and sore muscles
- Heart disease
As you can see, ginger has many benefits. However, there are some minor side effects when you consume large amounts. Some of those side effects include heartburn, gas, bloating, and nausea.
Hibiscus tea is famous for its tart flavor and people enjoy it hot or cold. It’s similar to cranberry juice and with added sugar has a very pleasant taste. Hibiscus is full of antioxidants that help fight off free radicals, thus preventing many diseases. Hibiscus may help prevent issues such as:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol levels
- Bladder infections
- Excess weight gain
There are a few side effects to take into account. If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, make sure to consult a doctor before drinking tisanes that include hibiscus. Also, people with low blood pressure or sugar should not drink it at all due to the fact that it lowers blood levels.
This tisane is extremely useful for colds. It may prevent you from even catching a cold. It’s also known to shorten and treat symptoms of the common cold. Some other problems that echinacea could be effective for are:
- The flu
- Human papillomavirus (HPV)
There are so many more tisanes that have so many health benefits and advantages for your body. You can consider trying rooibos, sage, fennel seed, and turmeric. These are all great tisanes that have lots of effective benefits.
Is Tisane Healthier Than Tea?
Tisane, or herbal tea, and “true teas” like black, green, oolong, and white tea all have health benefits. There are a few differences between the two teas which makes them beneficial in certain areas.
On one side, tisanes have so many benefits because there are so many different options to choose from, it’s hard to summarize them in one article. Every different tisane tea has a great number of uses and advantages. They are widely known to be medicinal and have healing properties.
On the other hand, while “true teas” that come from the Camellia sinensis plant also have many health benefits, these teas contain caffeine which you won’t find in any tisanes. Caffeine may be useful to some people, although the caffeine content is a big reason why many people switch to tisanes.
To determine which one is better for you, look out for the kind of healing properties you want in your drinks.
What Are The Different Classifications of Tisanes?
You might find it helpful to know that there are quite a few classes of tisanes. These include:
- Flower tisanes (e.g. chamomile, lavender, and rose)
- Leaf tisanes (e.g. mint, lemon balm, and rooibos)
- Root tisanes (e.g. licorice, ginger, and chicory)
- Seed tisanes (e.g. star anise, fennel, and caraway)
- Fruit tisanes (e.g. apricot, blueberry, and lemon)
- Bark tisanes (e.g. white willow, cinnamon, and wild cherry)
You can drink tisanes from any of these categories and mix and match as you choose, but it’s worth understanding what kind of plant your drink comes from, so you know how it has been harvested.
Frequently Asked Questions About Tisanes
Q: Can anyone drink tisanes?
A: Tisanes are generally considered safe for people from all walks of life, but it is always important to check, especially if you have ongoing medical issues. Before you start drinking any kind of tisane regularly, it’s worth looking up the side effects, and possibly discussing them with your doctor.
Although tisanes are generally quite mild, they can have a cumulative effect when drunk regularly, so do treat them with caution.
Q: Are there tisane blends?
A: If you want to combine the health benefits of multiple tisanes, you may wish to consider drinking a tisane blend. Some of these can be particularly delicious, and they will give you the health benefits of both drinks.
Q: Are tisanes diuretics?
A: A regular tea drinker will know that they have to pop to the restroom quite often, and you might be wondering whether you’ll find this with tisanes too. Drinking anything will increase your need to urinate, but tisanes are not diuretics, so you might find your toileting needs go down as a result of drinking them.
Q: How long do tisanes need to be steeped?
A: The steeping time will depend on the type of tea you are drinking and your personal preferences. If you love strong, rich flavors, you’ll need to steep the tea for long, particularly if it has a subtle flavor. If you prefer light, weaker tea, you will want to remove the tisane sooner.
Q: Can you harvest your own tisanes?
A: You can harvest your own tisanes, but you should do so with some caution, and make sure you are absolutely sure about what you are picking. You must also have permission to pick it; not all plants on common land can be picked.
The best way to get your own tisanes if you would like to do this is to grow them in your garden. This will allow you to harvest them whenever you please. Many of these plants can be dried and stored to provide you with tea throughout the winter months as well as the spring and summer.
Whether you’re trying to prevent diseases or become healthier, tisanes are a wonderful drink either way. The number of health benefits and healing uses in tisanes is astonishing. That doesn’t mean that you only should drink them for their benefits. Drinking tisanes can also be an enjoyable, soothing experience for you.
Scott is the founder of TeaMinded. He enjoys tasting and discovering teas from across the globe, with green teas and ceremonial matcha from Japan being among his favorites. He’s grateful to be immersed in the tea community, always learning and sharing along the journey.