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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.
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.
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.