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What is herbal tea, and why it is not really tea.

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Introduction to herbal Tisanes

A herbal tea is considered not a real tea. This is because a tea is considered real if it comes from the tea plant called camellia sinensis. In this case, herbal tea does not come from camellia sinensis. It originated from different leaves or roots of plants or simply anything except tea leaves. Herbal tea is also another term for tisanes. So to recap, basically anything that does not come from 1 plant is not a real tea :)

What makes a herbal tea?

There are several things to consider in making herbal tea. First is to prepare the needed leaves, flower, or roots of the desired plant for tea, water, and sugar or honey. One should also know the reason why you are looking to make herbal tea as each different type of brew will have different qualities to them. If the goal is for relaxation, chamomile must be added into the tea for maximum effect. Chamomile (matricaria recutita) contains oil that helps relax smooth muscles inside the stomach. For every cup of boiling water, add one tablespoon of chamomile flowers. For uplifting the mood, blend an herbal tea with mixtures of Spearmint, thyme, and lavender. To be able to sooth the body or specifically cold, try adding eucalyptus, ginger, licorice root, or cinnamon.

what is a tisane?

Thyme (thymus vulgaris) can also be be added into the tea. This helps relax the bronchial spasms that causes cough or cold. Just add two teaspoons of dried thyme in one cup of boiling water for ten minutes. This must be taken three times a day. It is also important to know the exact amount of ingredients to prepare an herbal tea. The standard time for boiling the tea is up to five to ten minutes. Do not opt for longer minutes because it will only bring out the bitterness of the ingredients specially the leaves. If there are leaves, roots, or flowers floating, better use a strainer.

Herbal Tisanes for pregnant women

For pregnant women, it could be good to drink two to three cups of herbal teas daily. However there are still herbal teas that are not good for their body such as sage tea and parsley tea. Sage tea is bad for pregnant woman because it contains a chemical called thujone which causes high blood pressure and lead to other negative issues. Some herbal mixes are good for pregnant women such as valerian, chamomile, and raspberry leaf tea. It is also advisable to drink chamomile tea because it helps pregnant women to relax before going to sleep. Raspberry leaf tea helps relax the muscles so it might be good for some pregnant women to drink this mix when nearing the end of their pregnancy.

What is Honeybush, and is there really a Honeybush tea?

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Introduction

Many times people will go into a tea store and look for something new that they have never had before. Whether it be Chamomile tea, Rooibos tea, or Jasmine tea sometimes people go in looking for one thing and end up with something that is not really a tea. Although these “teas” can be found in tea stores they actually don’t come from the only plant that actually makes “real tea” They come from other plants, which in tern makes them a Tisane. What is a Tisane? you might ask. Don’t worry if you don’t know and just click that link and you will have your full answer.

What is HoneyBush Tea?

Now back to the original story,about what Honeybush tea is, and what it is not. Honeybush is not a tea as it is actually a tisane or herbal mix that you can brew. It is tasty, sweet, and a great tea alternative if you are looking to brew something new up. Keep on reading and you will find out exactly what honeybush is, some possible health uses for honeybush, as well as how to brew honeybush.

Honeybush tea is a common name Cyclopia, a flowering plant from the legume family. The leaves of this plant is commonly used to make herbal teas or tisane. It abundantly grows in the southeast and southwest parts of South Africa and is very similar to rooibos. The name honeybush was derived from its smell which is honey. It is similar to rooibos because it tastes like it but a little sweeter. Boil this up to five minutes to make a tea.

Types of Honeybush

There are five species of honeybush tea widely spread for home and commercial use. First is cyclopia intermedia commonly known as bergtee or mountain tea. This kind of specie is found nearly between Port Elizabeth and edge of Langkloof. Second is cyclopia subtenarta. This is commonly known as vleitee (marshland tea) and valleitee (valley tea). Next is cyclopia genistoides known as kustee or coastal tea. This can be found mainly in the Western Cape near Yserfontein and Darling. Fourth is cyclopia sessiliflora, named after Heidelberg town in South Africa since it grows abundantly in the local mountain range. This specie is commonly known as Heidelberg-tee. Lastly is cyclopia maculata which grows mainly in Outeniqua area near George.

HoneyBush tea benefits

Honeybush tea is a natural treatment for some health issues. It can prevent cold and allergies, is also high in antioxidants and vitamins, and can easily ease stomach pains. It contains nutrients such as iron, potassium, calcium, copper, zinc, magnesium, manganese, and sodium. Iron in honeybush is 0.3 mg in every 240 ml.It is responsible for transporting the oxygen in the blood. Potassium (0.01 mg in 240 ml) is responsible for the metabolic processing of the body. The one making the strong teeth and bones is the Calcium (0.01 in 240 ml). Just like Potassium, Copper (0.003 mg in every 240 ml) is also taking responsibility for the metabolic processes of the body. Zinc (0.015 mg for 240 ml) helps the body in keeping skin healthy and normal growth. The one responsible for keeping the nervous system healthy is Magnesium (0.002 mg for every 240 ml). Manganese (0.11 mg for 240 ml) is the one necessary for the bone growth and development as well as metabolic processes of the body. Lastly is the Sodium (1.5 mg in 240 ml) that is necessary for fluid and acid-base balance.

If you are looking to make a perfect cup of Honeybush up just click on this link: How to brew Honeybush tea

What is Rooibos?

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What is Rooibos?

African rooibos is a plant that grows in a small portion in the province of Cape Town, South Africa. The scientific name for rooibos is asphalatus linearis. Its leaves are used to make the rooibos tisane, or rooibos tea. It is also known as the red bush tea, red tea, red rooibos, or simply rooibos. The resulting tea leaves and beverage is slightly brown to reddish in color and has a mild sweet, somewhat fruity taste.

How do you say Rooibos?

I know the first thing that you are probably wondering to yourself is if you are pronouncing it correctly. I will not lie, I have been saying apparently wrong for the past year and a bit… the way how to say rooibos is ROY BUS.

Types of Rooibos for brewing

green rooibos is also available, but is less common and more expensive than red rooibos. Green rooibos does not undergo the fermentation process, unlike the red rooibos variety.

Rooibos was considered to be a plant that grows in the wild, hence, considered as a wild tea. But since the 19th century, rooibos has been cultivated and grown in plantations in South Africa due to its potential profit. Attempts of cultivating rooibos in other countries have failed. This plant is seemingly specific to the climate and soil conditions of South Africa.

The African Rooibos tisane is a very popular beverage, especially in South Africa where its various uses has been discovered. It is very rich in antioxidants, low in tannins, and lacks caffeine. Today, rooibos is becoming popular around the world, especially in the Western Countries, and most especially to health-conscious consumers.

What should good quality Rooibos look like?

High quality rooibos leaves should be whole, long, and needle-like in shape. They produce a richer and darker taste whereas short, crumpled leaves produce a slightly dusty taste. Loose leaves produce a richer and higher quality but teabags are more convenient to use. Flavored and plain rooibos are available in the market. Some are infused with other herbs and fruits. It can be enjoyed hot or cold, with or without milk. It can be plain, or sweetened with sugar or honey. Rooibos contains no additive and colorants. Its red color is primarily due to the fermentation process this plant undergoes.

A great video about the history of Rooibos

Rooibos has been a big part of the South African culture. Today, rooibos is becoming famous around the world due to its unique taste and health benefits. Rooibos truly deserves the praise of its lovers and is worth the try for those who have not yet experienced the wonder of the African Rooibos.

Health Benefits of Rooibos

If you have ever wondered what the rooibos health benefits were then hopefully this section will help to answer your question.

As mentioned above the really cool thing about rooibos is that it does not have caffeine in it at all. I guess you could say that there is no real relationship between rooibos and caffeine which is a great thing as it really allows you to enjoy rooibos whenever you feel like it. This will protect you from those late night when you cannot sleep.

Another amazing thing that is somewhat coupled with the lack of caffeine is that rooibos can be consumed by expecting mothers. This is one of the main reasons that rooibos and pregnancy often find themselves intertwined. With the rise of tea appreciation it often comes to a surprise that pregnant women generally should cut down when they become expecting mothers. This is when you can turn to rooibos when you are pregnant, and even continue after pregnancy has wrapped up for those stressful ( and happy ) times to come.

Conclusion

Hopefully the above listed info has provided a bit of information about rooibos, some of the benefits, where it is grown, as well as rooibos and pregnancy. Here are some great blends if you are looking to take the plunge into a new addition to your brewed cabinet, or if you are just looking for some new great rooibos:

Peppermint Party

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A nice refreshing tea at anytime during the day, this tea is filled with the minty taste that only peppermint can offer. Great on its own or blended with another tea to freshen up any combination, this tea is really one of the most versatile options around.

This tisane has a nice light flavor and light aroma that is unmatched by any other herbs.  100% caffeine free you can have this tea whenever you would like without worrying about being up all night.

Best if steeped for 6-10 minutes at 212°

Ingredients: Peppermint

Pomegranate Surprise

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This wonderful mixture combines the tastiness of pomegranate with the tanginess of ginger and cinnamon.  With a hibiscus base this slightly sweet tea makes a great warm or iced tea. Deep in flavor and color this tea is sure to be a hit with everyone.

Best if steeped for 3 minutes at 180°

Ingredients: Green tea infused with natural pomegranate flavors, and mixed with raspberries and raspberry leaves.

Caffeine Free Tropical Blend

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A mouthful of this tea is a one way ticket to a tropical beach. With notes of light citrus flavors, coconuts, and pineapples you will find all your worries melting away with these beautiful pairing of fruits and black tea.

Best if steeped for 3 minutes at 212°

Ingredients: Decaf black tea with pieces of pineapple, coconut, and natural coconut and pineapple flavors

Roasted Apple and Cinnamon Rooibos

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Like a warmed up apple sprinkled with cinnamon straight out of the oven this rooibos mix delivers the warm and inviting flavors of an apple pie with the sweet taste that only rooibos could provide. Similar to a warm apple cider this drink is best served piping hot on a cold day.

Best if steeped for 5 minutes at 212°