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Herbal Tisane vs. Traditional Tea

I am sure that you have seen tea available for sale in the big box stores, at your local coffee shop, or even online. But do you know the difference between them, the potential healing properties, and how long people have been drinking them?

#Tea has been a central part of society for centuries. The ancient Greeks and Romans, indigenous tribes in the Americas and monks in Asia used tea as a #medicinal #herb. Tea is a key part of social engagements, where it plays a central role in political meetings and celebrating special occasions. Tea is beloved by cultures as diverse as the Americans and Portuguese and comprises a large portion of exports in African countries such as Kenya. Tea preparation also consists of elaborate rules for how to brew tea depending on local tradition. Tea accessories can turn an ordinary cup into a special ceremony, making this a beverage that has the power to #unite communities and heal various #ailments.

The differences between the thousands of different teas can be boiled down to the tea growing process and tea processing methods. There are two main types of tea: true teas and herbal teas, also known as tisanes. The true teas are all derived from the Camellia sinensis plant, known commonly as the tea plant, and include #green tea, #white tea, #black tea, and #oolong tea. The tea plant is an #evergreen #plant that grows in a host of climates, which can lend different flavors to each unique #brew.

Herbal teas or tisanes, are entirely caffeine free and are not made using any leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. Instead, these herbal blends are made using spices, #flowers and #leaves of a variety of other plants including fruits and herbs. Often times, herbal teas are made using true tea leaves for distinct flavors—known as herbal infusions. #Herbal #infusions can be categorized as black, green, white and oolong depending on which tea leaves and processes are used to create the herbal blend.

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