While they are are a big part of tea culture, tisanes, also known as herbal teas are technically not teas but rather an infusion. Tisanes (pronounced tee-zahn) are typically an infusion of plants that are not the same as plants from true teas – black, green, oolong, etc). Tisanes, therefore, is a decoction of other herbal plants which can then be taken hot or cold.
With Spring in the air and hot summer days around the corner – an iced tisane is a delightful, refreshing, and healthy change from sugary cold sodas or juices.
Tisanes are caffeine-free and have been used for pleasure but also for their medicinal benefits. They can also be high in nutrients and antioxidants.
Tisanes vary in kind and can be made from different parts of the plant. Depending on the part, how you make the tisane can vary. Tisanes are made from leaves, bark, root, berry, or the seed or spice.
Infusions are usually made with the leaf, flower, or seed of the plant. Making a tisane is as simple as making tea diffusion by pouring hot water over the tea leaves and letting it steep.
A decoction on the other hand is made from the roots, bark, or the berries and is the method of placing these plant parts in boiling water, which releases more essential oils and flavour. Brewing times vary based on taste and optimum to release flavour from the particular plant. Gaia staff will gladly advise on ideal brewing times based on the herb.
With so many varieties of herbs to use for a tisane based on your tastes or your medicinal needs, Gaia Garden has a wide choice of teas leaves, flowers, roots, bark, and berries.
Don’t have time to create your own blend of tea try these tasty and healthy Try these popular and favourite Gaia herbal tisane blends available online or at our store.