Types of Herbal Tea in all over the World
Types of Herbal Tea all over the World. Herbal tea is also known as tisane and ptisan. Herbal tea distinguishes itself from true tea by not originating from the tea bush, Camellia sinensis. Herbal tea is not the same thing as green tea since green tea comes from the tea bush – just like black tea, oolong tea, and white tea. It is however quite common to create herbal teas by mixing true tea with herbal ingredients. If the lion part of the mixture is true tea, the blend is regarded as true tea, not herbal tea. This is, for instance, the case with the immensely popular Earl Grey tea where black tea is mixed with bergamot.
Herbal tea is usually made from leaves, flowers, roots or seeds. The ingredients can be fresh as well as dried. The most commonly used method of preparation is to pour hot water over the plant parts and leave them to soak. Some herbal teas are ready almost instantly while others should be left to soak for several hours and then reheated before being consumed. When it comes to seeds and roots, it is quite common to boil them and then remove any solid parts from the water before drinking the herbal tea. Herbal teas are often consumed for true or alleged medical effects and herbal brews form an important part of traditional folk medicine. Many herbal teas have proven relaxing, sedative or stimulating properties.
Chamomile herbal tea
Chamomile herbal tea is made from dried flowers of the German Chamomile, Matricaria recutita. This plant grows in Europe and in temperate parts of Asia, and the herbal tea made from it is a popular sleep aid in traditional folk medicine from these regions. It has also been used in attempts to cure or treat various stomach ailments, such as a sore stomach and irritable bowels. If left to cool off, the herbal tea from this plant can be used to rinse blonde hair. German Chamomile contains an essential oil in which the chief active ingredient is bisabolol. Bisabolol is known to have anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant properties.
Lemongrass herbal tea
Lemongrass is a name used for over 55 different grass species within the genus Cymbopogon. Lemongrass originates from tropical and warm temperate regions of the Old World and lemongrass herbal tea is especially popular in Africa. Within this genus, you will, for instance, find Cymbopogon nardus and Cymbopogon winterianus, two species that contain geranial and citronellal. Both geranial and citronellal are antiseptic compounds.
Yerba mate herbal tea
Yerba mate is a South American plant that contains xanthines. Xanthines are a type of alkaloids belonging to the same family as caffeine, theophylline, and theobromine, the stimulants found in coffee, tea, and chocolate respectively. Yerba mate also contains caffeine, just like coffee. The caffeine content in dry yerba mate leaves typically varies between 0.3% and 1.7%. This can be compared to tea leaves which contain 2.5-4.5% on average. Yerba mate herbal tea is made from dried leaves and twigs that are left to soak in hot, but never boiling, water.