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Hi there and welcome to Blending Herbal Tea! A comprehensive online blog guide to the worldwide varieties and types of herbal teas, their health benefits and healing powers that have been used for many centuries all over the world and still continues today.
 

What is Herbal Tea?

Herbal tea isn’t actually a tea as they don’t come from the camellia sinensis, the actual plant that ALL real or ‘true teas’ are made from. Black tea, Green tea, White tea, Yellow tea and Oolong tea are the most common of ‘true teas’. They contain chemicals called ‘polyphenols‘ that give the tea its anti-oxidant properties to ward off harmful free radicals. Which basically means your cells are protected from invaders that don’t belong in your body!

 

tisane ingredients
tisane ingredients

The word ‘herbal tea’ from the French word ‘tisane‘ which literally means a blending or an ‘infusion’ of dried leaves; roots; flowers; fruits; bark roots; stems or seeds used in a beverage or for medicinal purposes. Put simply, a mixture from a plant other than the camellia sinensis. They can be drunk either hot or cold and must be brewed in hot water first if drunk cold. But be careful, not all teas can handle boiling hot water as this can ruin it!

 

Learn More On The Various Types Of Herbal Teas

 

Why Drink Herbal Tea?

Red Raspberry Leaf – beneficial during pregnancy

Drinking and blending herbal tea dates back almost 3000 years ago (!) to the ancient Egyptians and Babylonian times, where it was used for both a refreshing drink or for medicinal purposes. The Greeks, the Romans and ancient Chinese also used it for its obvious health benefits.

Today, they remain a popular choice for people of all ages due to its continued health and well-being benefits. Likewise, with the revolution of science and technology, there is now a huge choice in terms of flavours. So, don’t be put off if you didn’t like one that you tried as there’s hundreds to choose from!

 

There are herbal tea benefits for pregnancy, for weight loss, herbal tea for colds and headaches and even herbal tea for high blood pressure and arthritis. Whether you’re young or old this powerful drink has many cures for many ailments and you’ve come to the right place to learn more!

 

Discover More On Herbal Teas For Certain Remedies

 

How to make Herbal Tea?

There’s no fancy equipment needed to make them, as long as what you’re using has a cover or lid to steep or infuse it and is non-metallic as metal can interfere with the purity of the tea. Being a big fan of it myself, I like to use my bone china cup as it has a fancy lotus flower on the lid to keep my beverage nice and hot!

 

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Side Effects of Herbal Tea

My motto has always been “everything in moderation” and that goes for herbal teas too! Depending on the strength and its purposes, too much herbal tea can have some bad side effects including inducing insomnia, increasing heart rate and causing kidney stones. However, don’t let this alarm you as I stated before, blending herbal teas have been used for centuries and the right way of benefiting from it is knowing the facts!

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This website is for educational and informational purposes only. The publisher/owner of blendingherbaltea.com is not legally liable for your use of the information which is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you have any serious health concerns, you should always check with your health care practitioner or medical herbalist before self-administering herbs.

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  1. Hi Teresa.
    My daughter absolutely loves herbal tea. Although she uses the bags not fresh ground. From the sounds of what you said it would more health beneficial if she did use the ground kind or even ground it up her self. The way I read it doesn’t seem that hard. I will have to tell her about this. Thank you

    1. Hi Melissa

      when I’m out and about, using teabags can be incredibly convenient than measuring out loose herbs. I like to use the pyramid shaped teabags as they allow the tea leaves to flow and expand for a more full bodied flavour.
      The leaves used in most teabags are the broken leaves known as the “dust and fannings”, which are usually of lower quality. These finely broken down leaves have lost a large part of their essential oils and aroma and when steeped, they produce a more bitter and astringent taste as more tannins have been released compared to their whole leaf counterparts.

      Thanks for visiting and have a great week.

    1. Hi Sue and thanks for your question…

      From my research, anti-inflammatory herbs such as St John’s Wort can be used to raise serotonin levels, helps restore sleep (due to its sedative actions) and helps with easing pain.

      Tumeric is another anti-inflammatory herb thanks to the main compound pain-relieving powers of curcumin. Willow Bark is also suggested due to its aspirin-like relief without risk of bleeding or stomach upsets.

      Obviously diet plays a huge role too. Chronic pain sufferers, especially those with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, tend to be deficient in Magnesium. It can help calm the nerves, improve sleep, reduce tension and relax muscles.

      I hope this helps – but also please remember this is general advice. If you have any serious health concerns, you should always check with your health care practitioner or medical herbalist before self-administering herbs.

  2. I really enjoyed visiting your informative site. I drink tea on a regular basis and it is interesting to learn about all its wonderful benefits as well as its amazing history! Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge.

    1. So glad you came to visit Gina! And so glad you found the site interesting. I love meeting people that love drinking tea! The site is still in it’s beginnings and updated regularly so hope to connect with you soon! Peace be with you.

  3. Hello! do you have any recommendations for alleviating kidney stones? Seems there must be a good herbal tea to help. Thanks a great website.

    1. Hi Lisa

      Its been said that the pain of passing a kidney stone is comparable to that of giving birth! Whether that’s true or not, I feel for your friends’ condition.

      Drinking a strong diuretic tea, such as Dandelion or Chicory may help to alleviate this problem. It works by stimulating blood circulation through the kidneys, increasing urination in the process and thus helps to flush out the stone. Dandelion is also great for removing toxins and cleansing the kidney and the leaves of the plant are the best parts to use as opposed to the root.

      Horsetail is another I would recommend to use as it’s known as a kidney tonic and has been used to treat certain kidney disorders including – kidney stones, kidney inflammation, dropsy and gravel. A great little herb to keep the kidneys healthy.

      It is recommended that those who suffer from kidney stones should increase their intake of water every day as the more you drink, the more you dilute the substances that form the stones.

      Hope this helps and thanks for visiting.

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