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To avoid confusion, a herbal tea does not actually contain any tea. It is better referred to as a tisane, a blanket term for the various combinations of small bits of plant matter that like tea or coffee, capitalises on the delicate method of pouring boiling water over said bits of plants ( a process otherwise known as infusion) to create a drink. Plant parts used include leaves, roots, fruits and flowers, amongst others, either by themselves - a familiar tisane would be chamomile tea - or as a mixture of different parts.

Tisanes are often drunk for medicinal benefits gleaned from the plant used- to use a past example, evidence shows that chamomile tea posseses antiseptic,anti inflammatory, antispasmodic, carminative and sedative qualities, lending credence to its long held abilties to aid sleep, and help reduce the effects of ailments such as irritable bowel syndrome, menstrual cramps and painful stomachs.

An infusion, as mentioned before, is the process ( typically known as steeping) of pouring boiling water over plant material and allowing this mixture to sit for some time for various chemicals and oils to transfer to the water. Brewing times can vary wildly depending on the tisane in question from a minute or so to a quarter of an hour, not counting personal preferences. An alternate method of brewing is a decoction, where cold water and plant matter is brought to the boil. This process is often used for harder materials like bark, as it helps to release more oils and flavours.

by Kafevend

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