Herbal Teas - Miraculous Power of Herbs.
Refreshing tonic phyto teas (tisanes) have become popular in the past few years. We see entire stores devoted to various flavors of teas. The French word tisane has come to mean a drink made from grass or any vegetative stuff - from chamomile to a mix of exotic plants such as rosehip or hibiscus. Though we call such beverages herbal teas, there is seldom a tea leaf in them! As a rule, there is just a small amount of half-fermented tea and a variety of other types of leaves or indeed, dried fruits or flowers.
There are many types of phyto teas, ranging from medicinal or prophylactic to everyday. Depending on the ingredients used, herbal teas can be fruit, flower or mixed. There are even tisanes that people use to maintain a stable weight. One such recipe made of Indian lotus leaves and palm catechu leaves was invented by the Chinese thousands of years ago. Some such mixtures contain yohimbine tree bark to contribute to the potency. The so-called everyday teas have some tonic and restorative qualities, but they cannot compete with medicinal teas, which are characterized by striking therapeutic properties. It is advisable to consult with your doctor before consuming medicinal teas.
Miraculous power of herbs.
When choosing an herbal tea, it's important not to base your choice only on your gastronomic preferences (though they are essential too). You should analyze the health-giving qualities of tisane. Make sure you are familiar with all of the ingredients and that you are not allergic to anything in the mixture.
Phyto teas are typically based on two or three plants. In order to enhance their taste and strengthen their useful qualities, those plants are supplemented with different dried fruit, berries, natural oils, petals, herbs and aromatizes. The most common of the basic plants are hibiscus, dog rose, mate and roybush. Each has its own specialization.
Hibiscus is known as an herb which stimulates purging the body of impurities. It has a strongly marked R-vitamin activity; it strengthens vascular walls, protects liver from all unfavorable effects and improves bile formation. It also normalizes pressure. (When you have it hot, it heightens pressure, when you have it cold it lowers it). Hibiscus tea does not contain oxalic acid, which makes this tea safe for people suffering from kidney diseases. It refreshes you wonderfully on a hot day and can bring relief for a high fever.
Dog rose is an excellent vitamin source, which is highly competitive with commercially available vitamins. Apart from a high content of vitamin C, rosehips are rich in provitamin A, essential oils, calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, copper and phosphorus. It is useful for such diseases as atherosclerosis, bronchitis, gastritis with lower acidity, kidney diseases and bladder infections, rheumatism and other illnesses.
Mate tea has been a national beverage of the residents of Brazil, Argentine and Paraguay for many centuries. The drink contains acid which maintains the necessary adrenaline level in blood, participates in cell restoration, has a favorable effect on digestion recovery (when the disorder is of nervous origin), and contributes to memory regeneration. Mate is known to stimulate mental performance, to strengthen nervous and endocrine systems, and to help you lose weight. This phytotea lowers blood pressure and widens vessels; it even has some antiseptic qualities. Cold mate is considered to be an ideal summer beverage because it quenches thirst perfectly.
Roybush is of African origin, and is often called the beverage of health and eternal youth. The antioxidants it contains contribute to cell metabolism and prevent their decline. This tea is refreshing and 100% caffeine-free! Even pregnant women and children can safely consume the tonic roybush tea.
Aromatic teas are often considered to be herbal. We have already learned that there are few or no tea leaves in phytoteas, but with aromatic teas it is quite the opposite: there are a lot of tea leaves and very few herbs. Moreover, almost every kind of tea nowadays is exposed to being aromatized. The only thing that unites them with tisanes are the refreshing taste and aroma diversity.
There are several variations of tea aromatization. The two most common are a simple, mechanical one that occurs when tea is mixed with ground leaves or pieces of fruit, and an exotic and exquisite method, when tea bushes are planted on a plantation together with wild orchids or peach trees, which impart their aroma to the future beverage in a natural way. To explain, we must point out that tea has a high hydroscopicity quality, which means that it absorbs and holds aromas very well.
One of the main methods of aromatizing tea is called contact. Several layers of tea are alternated with aromatizing plant layers. Afterwards, they are kept in hermetic tanks for hours, and the tea itself is dried. Sometimes, after the drying process is complete, the dry plants are added into tea again to richen the aroma. The repeated contact method causes the tea to become evenly saturated with aroma. Cheaper methods of aromatization, when aromatizing plants are just added to tea leaves before packaging, result in uneven aroma.
Sometimes tea is aromatized by different essences of both natural and artificial origin (either type of essence is called an aromatizer). On the whole, there is nothing harmful in using an artificial aromatizer, and in spite of the chemical method of their production, their formula is absolutely identical to their natural analogue's formula.
Earl Grey is a well known tea blend. Bergamot ether oil, which makes this composition so unique and successful, is extracted from the bitter Citrus bergamia (skin, flowers, leaves and sprouts), which is largely planted in the neighborhood of Bergamo in the Italian province Calabria. Bergamot tea has a wonderful tonic activity and stimulates mental performance.
Generally, all aromatized tea has a noticeable effect on people's health, as well as a pleasing taste. Tea with raspberry berries or leaves, or made with leaves that have been soaked in raspberry juice, helps to get over a cold . Menthol oil, which all mint teas contain, is a wonderful antiseptic. Even small amounts of ginseng and magnolia-vine can help make a usual beverage exotic, giving them some new properties and exciting flavors. Whether you drink your tea with milk, honey, sugar, or "straight up", tea is a delightful and healthy beverage choice.
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