Sunday, June 04, 2006

Tisanes (Herbal Teas)

Tisanes (Herbal Teas)

The easiest way of extracting the benefits of herbs is to take them as tea (yes, infusions). How many times have you enjoyed a cup of coffee or tea a day? Isn’t it better if you substitute these caffeinated drinks with something much more beneficial like herbal tea? Herbal teas are a healthy substitute to teas and coffees

However, I am not tea bashing or coffee bashing but there are too much of discomfort this popular beverages caused. I, myself, am an enjoyer of tea and my favourite is Earl Grey! Haha, but I savour it rarely (bear in mind that tea is also a tisane) because knowing its effect is kind of devastating to health.

Sometimes, have you ever wondered that other plants could be made into a beverage rather than just plain tea or coffee alone? If you ever have, this is the right section for you, as I will introduce the art of making a nice cup of tea and in the same time, provide some mouth-watering recipe for your enjoyment!

Herbal teas, in its sense, are made for curing certain ailment or for regular consumption to strengthen the immune system. I advocate he use of fresh or home-dried herbs (hence back to the basic of gardening) because nothing will beat the freshness and the goodness of home-grown herbs. Even though there are some good brands out there but not all of them live up to their claim…

So it’s actually up to us to provide ourselves with wholesome beverages! Beverage which are pesticide, fungicide, and chemical fertilisers free… How much enjoyment is that!

Here is a simple step to making a perfect cup of herbal tea:



Ingredients:

2 Tablespoon of Herb of choice (fresh) or 1 Tablespoon of Herb of choice (dried)

600 ml of boiling water

A Warmed Teapot

  1. Replace the herbs into the warmed teapot (to warm a teapot, rinse it with some hot boiling water and stand no more than 2 minutes).

  2. Pour the boiling water

  3. Replace lid, as to prevent dissipation of essential oil (this is especially true for chamomile)

  4. Brew for three to four minutes and strain into a cup for an invigorating drink!


In the next post, I will introduce certain herbs for your information, and in the mean time, if you want to experience the goodness of herbal tea; you can always try lemon balm, peppermint, lemon myrtle, bergamot (fresh flowers) (this one is my favourite, Earl Grey…) and maybe Chamomile (sweeten with honey, this will ensure a good night sleep).


Bon App├ętit!

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