The Health Benefits of Tisane
When it comes to choosing a type of tea, each person has their preference - black tea, green tea, herbal tea, fruit tea, etc. However, herbal tea and fruit tea are not technically tea! As I mentioned in my first article - why tea not coffee?, according to the definition in the dictionary, only the beverage made from Camellia sinensis is called tea.¹ If so, what about other teas that we normally call teas? Everything else is produced from ingredients other than tea plants is called ‘Tisane’ or ‘Infusion’. Generally, tisanes are caffeine-free except for some like yerba mate and cacao.² They can be a perfect substitute for your sweet and caffeinated beverages. I will introduce you to the types and health benefits of tisanes.
Classification of Tisanes
Tisanes are categorised by which part of the plant they are made from. They can be made from several parts of the same plant or different kinds of plant. There are some examples of the categories below.
Health Advantages of Different Kinds of Tisanes³
Herbal tea has been used as a medicine for a long time. Although most tisanes are known to be good for health, you should check if you have any allergy to certain plants such as Asteraceae plants - chamomile, echinacea, arnica, etc.
Five typical benefits are as follows:
1. Improve Digestion
One of the benefits is that they help reduce fats and empty your stomach. They can relieve symptoms of indigestion, bloating, and vomiting. Some of the best tisanes for these symptoms are cardamom, chamomile, cinnamon, peppermint, and ginger tea.
2. Boosts Immune System
Tisanes are known for abundant antioxidants and vitamins. Those are very good for alleviating infections and disease. They can protect our body from stress and cold. Clove, elderberry, echinacea, ginger, and licorice root tea fall into this category.
3. Manage Diabetes
Cinnamon tisane could be great to keep the blood sugar level getting normal. Type 2 diabetes is a complex metabolic disorder. Yet, studies prove that cinnamon can reduce blood glucose levels to a certain extent.
4. Reduce Blood Pressure
Hibiscus can be one of the useful subsidies for various minor ailments. The hibiscus tisane contains hibiscus acid, hydroxy citric acid(HCA), anthocyanin, and vitamin C. So, it has positive effects on hypertension, high blood pressure, heart-related disorders, and dementia.
5. Relieve Pain
Angelica root tisane has L-tetrahydropalmatine that can reduce ache. You can have a good effect on your stomach and menstrual pain. Feverfew is a headache reliever that has been around for centuries. It is used as a health supplement for the tension of blood vessels and the health of the nervous system. In some studies, feverfew extract significantly reduced the frequency and intensity of headaches.⁴
Apart from what I mentioned above, tisanes have countless health advantages like anti-ageing, reducing stress and anxiety. But you have to be aware that tisanes are not panacea. They will be helpful when you have minor symptoms. In my case, whenever I feel undigested, I drink mint tea. Like this, if you have symptoms that you want to improve, why don’t you regularly try the tisane you need?
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