Tea (Camellia sinensis) began as medicine and grew into a beverage over centuries. It is the second most consumed beverage in the world behind water. There are thousands of varieties of black, green, oolong, and white teas to satisfy any palate. It’s often said there’s a tea for every mood, every occasion, and every ailment. Camellia sinensis has long been touted and credited for having many healthful benefits such as boosting the immune system, keeping you hydrated, protecting against certain cancers, increasing exercise endurance, increasing metabolism, regulating blood pressure, and aiding in diabetes control. New research continues to consistently reveal even more of the powers of this zero-calorie beverage.
Herbal tisanes are anything other than Camellia sinensis that is brewed with hot water. They range from light, sweet, and airy flowers to the spicy, earthy, sometimes bitter vegetables or spices. Whether they are used to treat a fever or as a simple flavorful tonic, herbs and spices are on the same coin as modern medicine; they juxtapose and complement each other.
Each serves a specific purpose and benefit for the body, mind, and spirit.