Monday, May 28, 2007

New Article--Tisane Basics

There's a new article on Vee Tea today. It's an overview of tisanes, a.k.a. "herbal teas." Here's an excerpt:

"There are three main reasons why people drink tisanes, and they’re not all that different from why people drink teas. They are: taste, caffeine content, and health.

There is an enormous range of tastes found in tisanes, from the woody, astringent yerba mate to refreshing spearmint and peppermint leaves to floral chamomile to lemony French verveine. Everyone has their own distinct preferences. I love yerba mate and rooibos (which have woody flavors), as well as French verveine and Korean citrus peel (along with most other citrusy flavors), but I dislike chamomile and rosehips (as well as some other floral flavors). If you try one and you don’t like it, don’t write tisanes off altogether! There are thousands to choose from.

As with teas, preferred caffeine content is often a factor in why people drink tisanes. Many people cannot tolerate caffeine, so they choose to drink naturally caffeine-free tisanes. On the other end of the spectrum are those who love yerba mate for its caffeine, theophylline, and theobromine jolt. Unless a tisane has added caffeine or is blended with tea, coffee, chocolate, yerba mate, or one of the other 56 plants that naturally contain caffeine, it’s naturally caffeine-free. (Don’t worry—the plants I listed are the ones you’re most likely to run into. Caffeine is not lurking around every corner.)

Tea has great health benefits. However, depending on what you’re looking for, a tisane may be your best bet. Consult with an herbalist to see which ones are (as the commercials say) 'right for you.'"

Here's the rest of Tisane Basics. Enjoy!

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