Herbal tea is the most common way herbs are used in this day and age. An herbal hot infusion (a hot teacup) works by extracting the compound’s nutrients within minutes, unlike cold infusions. Before we dive deeper, let’s go over some benefits of tea.Teas are made by infusion or decoction, depending on what plant parts you are using and what constituents you wish to extract from them. During this post, you will learn about all things tea. If you have any questions, please feel free to let me know.
Jumping back into the herbs lets talk about infusions.
The term infusion comes from the Latin word under the meaning “to pour in. The ratio most often used is 1 to 2 tablespoons of herb to 1.5 cups of water, though this will naturally depend on how strong you prefer your tea. To prepare an infusion, you can use a vessel such as a teapot, French press, mason jar, or teacup with a lid. It is super important that your jar has a cover to limit volatile essential oils that evaporate with the water.
A decoction is a concentrated form of a hot infusion or tea. This can be a beneficial method for herbs that don’t give up their useful chemicals easily or for woody parts or roots. Combine a tablespoon of tea per cup of cold water in a lidded saucepan.
Why are teas a better choice?
Teas are a better choice than alcohol-based tinctures for extracting the minerals from mineral-rich herbs ( (Urtica dioica), chickweed, (Stellaria media), violet (Viola sororia)
Teas are also a better choice than alcohol-based tinctures for extracting mucilage from mucilaginous or demulcent herbs,( slippery elm (Ulmus rubra), marshmallow (Althaea Officinalis), corn silk (Zea mays), violet (Viola spp.),
Tea contains antioxidants.
Tea has less caffeine than coffee.
Herbal Tea may soothe the digestive system.
Tea may help with weight loss.
Teas are a better choice than tinctures for those who want or need to avoid alcohol.
Different Kinds Of Tea:
Gunpowder: Bold, slightly smokey Chinese tea made up of tightly rolled pellet-like leaves that resemble grains of gunpowder
Dragon Well (Longjing): Pan-roasted tea from China’s Zhejiang Province praised for its high quality and sweet, rounded flavor
Chun Mee: Chinese tea with leaves rolled into an eyebrow shape (the literal translation is “Precious Eyebrow”) known for its dusty coloring, vegetal notes, and fruity plum-like tartnes
Sencha: Extremely popular, bright green whole-leaf Japanese tea with many different subvarieties based on season harvested, growing method, and brewing style
Matcha: Often highly caffeinated Japanese tea leaves ground into a fine powder and meant to be dissolved in liquid rather than steeped
Silver Needle (Bai Hao Yinzhen): Prized delicate, woodsy, and aromatic golden tea made from small silver buds and mainly produced in China’s Fujian Province
White Peony (Bai Mudan): Full-bodied, floral, and pale green-hued tea made from the buds and top two leaves of a young plant shoot
Tribute Eyebrow (Gong Mei): Mid-grade white tea grown in China’s Guangxi and Fujian Provinces and known for its bold, fruity flavors
Long Life Eyebrow (Shou Mei): Strong golden yellow tea from China’s Guangxi and Fujian Provinces made from the low-quality leaves left over from previous harvests
White tea blends: A vast array of infusions, tinctures, and blends with many different fruits and herbs, often for medicinal purposes
Black Teas & Black Tea Blends
Lapsang souchong: Chinese tea smoke-dried over pinewood to create a sharply smoky, woodsy flavor and aroma
Assam: Full-bodied, earthy, and malty tea from the northeast Indian state of Assam
Darjeeling: Grown in West Bengal, India and known for its light body, floral aroma, and tannic spiciness
Ceylon: Honey-colored or reddish-brown tea with light and floral or rich and full-bodied characteristics depending on growth altitude
Earl Grey: A black tea that is flavoured with bergamot, a citrus fruit that is grown in Italy and France. It is named after Earl Grey, a British Prime Minister from the 19th century.
English Breakfast: Traditionally made from a combination of Assam, Ceylon, and Kenyan-grown black teas and known for its bitterness, brown color, and robust yet rounded flavor
Iron Goddess of Mercy (Ti Kuan Yin or Tie Guan Yin): Very popular Chinese tea grown in the Fujian Province’s mountainous Anxi region and beloved for its refreshing qualities, honeyed flavor, and orchid-like aroma
Red Robe Tea (Da Hong Pao): Heavily-oxidized, dark orange-hued tea from China’s Wuyi Mountains with intense smoke and caramel notes and a markedly high price tag
Phoenix (Dan Chong or Dan Cong): Flavorful, full-bodied tea harvested from a single bush grown in China’s Guangdong Province with different characteristics depending on the batch’s origin plant
Chamomile: Herbal infusion made from several different species of a daisy-like plant in the Asteraceae family and thought to treat stomach aches, inflammation, and insomnia
Hibiscus: Brightly-colored, tart infusion made from the hibiscus plant, often blended with rosehip and served either hot or cold
Kava: Powdery tincture made from a root native to the South Pacific islands used for relaxation and other neurological purposes, including as a natural alternative to synthetic antidepressant and anti anxiety medications
Chai: Chai is used as the word for ‘tea’ in many countries, derived from the Chinese world for tea, chá. Masala chai is a type of black tea mixed with sugar and spices including cinnamon, cloves and ginger.
Fruity Tea: Fruit teas are seen as a nice alternative to traditional tea, as they are refreshing and caffeine-free. Popular flavours include raspberry, cranberry, lemon and blackcurrant.
Spearmint: Spearmint and peppermint tea are herbal teas with a fresh minty flavour. They are good for the digestive system, reducing bloating and good for alleviating food cravings.
Barley Tea: Barley tea enjoys the most popularity in East Asia, and it’s a staple drink in China, Japan, and Korea. Barley tea is a toasted, slightly bitter drink that is especially popular in the far East.
Lemon balm Tea: Lemon balm tea is a refreshing drink made from the leaves of the lemon balm plant, also known by the scientific name Melissa officinalis. Perhaps surprisingly from the name, lemon balm is a member of the mint family of plants.
Teas to be avoided:
Detox teas made for fad diets that suggest you will quickly lose weight. These teas often come laced with laxatives that can be harmful to your health.
Fancy tea lattes and drinks from your favorite chain store. While some of these drinks, such as a green tea latte, may appear healthy, they are loaded with sugar.
Trendy bubble teas are also loaded with sugar, calories, and carbs and have little to no nutritional value.
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