Herbal tea is hot or sometimes cold infusion of leaves, tender shoots and flowerings of herbal plants. The seeds, stem, fruit peels, and roots of certain plants or aromatic herbs can also be infused into healthy teas. The infusion obtained from herbal parts other than traditional tea leaves (Camellina sinensis) oftentimes called as tisanes.
Different types of teas can be steeped from plant parts for consumption as healthy drink. However, make sure your herbal tea mixtures only contain non-toxic plants.
Flowers: Full blooms, flower buds, petals, fresh or dried, can be used in the preparation of flowering or blooming herbal teas. Common floral based tisanes include chamomile, chrysanthemum, hibiscus, jasmine, roselle, etc. They impart decorative color and aroma to the infusion.
Leaves and shoots: Fresh and dried leaves of many edible herbal plants commonly used to prepare tisanes. Peppermint, spearmint, basil, lemon balm, honeybush, rooibos, nettle, etc., are some herbal plants often used in herbal teas.
Fruit peels: Infusion can be obtained from the fresh or dried fruit peels of certain citrus fruits like lemon, bergamot, orange, etc. The fruit peel infusions often blend with flowers and leaves to give distinct aroma and appearance to the teas.
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