It is interesting to me to note that herbal tea is in a class all its own. Herbal teas are properly referred to as “tisane,” and are distinguished from “true teas” that contain caffeine. Tisane teas are made from any combination of dried herbs, spices or other suitable plant material, while true teas are comprised of the cured leaves of the tea plant.
Why Herbal Teas are Suitable for You
Herbs have been used for centuries around the world to support health and aid in the correction of a multitude of ailments. Trained herbalists are well-versed in diagnosing health conditions and prescribing full-strength herbal tinctures or supplements. Herbal teas are much more dilute than any tincture a trained herbalist would recommend which is why they are available to the public and very safe to use, though there are some contra-indications to use with certain conditions and medications. Be sure to read the labels carefully to be safe.
The number of herbs and herb blends is very long and would be a website all its own so I will not attempt to address that here. I will say, however, that if you are looking for home remedies for any number of health ailments, at the top of my list of recommendations would be herbal teas. For every over-the-counter medication, there is at least one herb or herb blend that will offer the same benefits without the side-effects.
Another consideration when using herbs is to look for both Western and Eastern herbs. Tisane teas available over-the-counter are primarily Western herbs, while Eastern herbs are used by Chinese and Japanese practitioners. If you have ever visited a Chinese Medicine practitioner, they sometimes keep raw herbs on hand to blend their own teas for their patients to use at home. Many of these herbs are available only through practitioners but they have amazing healing abilities, making it prudent to schedule a visit with your local practitioner.
Health Benefits of Tisane Teas
The health benefits of herbal teas are practically endless! Suffice it to say that, if you shop at a natural foods store, you have seen the variety of teas available for a large number of health conditions. While there is no guarantee of the level of benefit you will receive from adding an herbal tea to your daily routine, some individuals experience almost complete relief with the use of the appropriate tea.
You will find one to several blends of teas for detox, digestion, laxative effects, hormonal balance, stress relief, anti-inflammatory and many other needs. There are even teas to improve lactation for pregnant women! Be sure to keep reading to find places where you can purchase these teas.
When shopping for an herbal tea, if you have any medical conditions that require medication consult your physician to ensure that you will not be using something that is contra-indicated with your medication. Licorice root is a great example, because if you have blood pressure imbalance licorice may be something you will want to avoid.
GMO in tea?
Yes, it is a possibility your tea might contain genetically modified food products. Many companies include modified corn starch and soy lecithin in their tea products, both of which are made from crops that are more than 95% genetically modified in the U.S.
Another potential source is those lovely little sachets of tea that are soft and silky between your fingers. Those are made of PLA, short for polylactic acid, comprised of a corn-based tea bag material. Because it is made from corn I would take steps to avoid tea that is sold in these bags.
Where to Buy GMO-Free Tisane Tea
Visit my herbal tea review blog to find out!
Tell me, how has herbal tea improved your health?