The earliest verbal record of herbal teas dates back to 2737 BC in China. In written history, we can find records of herbal tea that go as far back as the third century AD. These teas spread from China to Egypt to Japan, and then to Europe and beyond. You may hear herbal tea called a “tisane” in Europe.
In one popular Chinese legend, Shennong, the legendary Emperor of China and inventor of agriculture and Chinese medicine was drinking a bowl of just boiled water sometime around 2737 BC when a few leaves were blown from a nearby tree into his water, changing the colour. The emperor took a sip of the brew and was pleasantly surprised by its flavour and restorative properties. A variant of the legend tells that the emperor tested the medical properties of various herbs on himself, some of them poisonous, and found tea to work as an antidote. Shennong is also mentioned in Lu Yu’s famous early work on the subject, Cha Jing. A similar Chinese legend goes that the god of agriculture would chew the leaves, stems, and roots of various plants to discover medicinal herbs. If he consumed a poisonous plant, he would chew tea leaves to counteract the poison.
The Japanese emperor Shomu gave us the first mention of tea in Japan when he served it to guests. Within one hundred years, tea was being grown in Japan and processed. With the birth of the Japanese Tea Ceremony and Japanese types of tea like matcha, tea became as Japanese as it was Chinese.
Warming the stomach with a hot drink in general already predisposes to relaxation, because the stomach is helped to complete its digestive phase, warms the walls and transmits a muscle relaxant message to its meridian that also flows along the legs.
BUT WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF HERBALS TEA?
- Herbal teas are excellent for purifying the body as they stimulate biliary, hepatic and renal function, that is, they activate the excretory organs (liver, kidneys, skin) used to transform toxins, in the most suitable form for their elimination (feces, urine, sweat).
- The antioxidants and vitamins found in herbal teas are great for helping fight disease and infections. They can protect against oxidative stress and lower the risk of chronic disease. Some of the best herbal teas for boosting your immune system are elderberry, echinacea, ginger, and liquorice root tea
How much caffeine is in herbal tea?
All of the teas in our Herbal Tea Collection are caffeine free. You can enjoy our teas any time of the day or night, as they won’t keep you awake into the late hours.
All about herbal and fruit tea
Ginger Tea has a long list of health benefits. It can help reduce inflammation in the body, which is the cause of countless ailments including migraines and weight gain. Ginger Tea can also help heal your respiratory system and eliminate some of the congestion associated with the common cold. Ginger Tea is great for your heart and encourages blood circulation in the body as well as lowers bad cholesterol.
Fevergrass Tea is used for treating digestive tract spasms, stomachache, high blood pressure, convulsions, pain, vomiting, cough, achy joints (rheumatism), fever, the common cold, and exhaustion. It is also used to kill germs and as a mild astringent.
Guava Leaves Tea contains a number of beneficial properties, including antioxidants like vitamin C, flavonoids and Quercetin. Drinking a tea made by soaking guava leaves in hot water may be beneficial in treating diarrhea, lowering cholesterol and supporting blood sugar levels.
Moringa tea, which is prepared from dehydrated and ground moringa leaves, is said to help in blood pressure control as well. This has been credited to the presence of quercetin in it, which is said to reduce blood pressure. As it turns out, many people have magnesium deficiencies, which cause headaches, anxiety, sleep disorders, irritability and fatigue. This is where Moringa comes in.
One of the benefits Moringa powder is its high level of natural magnesium.
How do you make herbal tea?
Instructions for Perfect Cup of Tea for One
- Add 1 cup/200 mL of freshly boiled water to your tea bag (in a mug)
- Allow the tea bag to brew for 2 minutes.
- Remove the tea bag.
- Wait 6 minutes before consumption for the cuppa to reach its optimum temperature of 140 F/60 C.
- Add a teaspoon of honey to sweeten if preferred.
Herbal tea is unique in that it will not grow bitter if you steep it for too long. If you’d like to leave your tea in the water longer to achieve a stronger flavor, you can do so without risking a bitter or unpleasant beverage.
Herbal teas are also delicious when served cold. To make an herbal iced tea, you should add the loose leaf tea to a drawstring tea bag, infuser, or pot with a built-in infuser. Put the tea in cold, filtered water and place it in the refrigerator. Allow the tea to steep for an hour, the longer you allow it to sit, the stronger the flavor. The result will be a sweet and refreshing iced tea!