Herbs to Drink ~ Tisanes


A tisane, or tea, is simply an infusion made by adding boiling water to the leaves or flowers of herbs. In many parts of Europe, herbal teas have been an accepted part of the standard eating habits for years. Indeed, a cup of tisane taken after a rich meal is as common as coffee is in other parts of the world. Unlike tea and coffee, however, tisanes contain neither tannin nor caffeine, both strong stimulants and are much more suitable for aiding the digestion or promoting sleep.

Prepared tisanes are available from herbal shops, homeopathic pharmacist (drugstores) and health food stores in either sachet form or loose. The ailments they are reputed to help are given here but the cures cannot be vouched for.

If you grow your own herbs, why not make your own tisanes? Tisanes may be made from fresh or dried herbs. The actual preparation is much the same as making ordinary tea, and like ordinary tea it may be drunk on its own or with the addition of milk, a slice of lemon, honey or sugar.

Method: If you are making the tisane in individual tea cups, allow one level tablespoon of fresh herbs per cup or one level teaspoon of dried herbs. Pour on the boiling water, cover the cup and leave to infuse for three to five minutes. If your are making it in a teapot, allow however many table or teaspoons required for each cup, plus one for the pot. Leave to infuse for about five minutes and pour through a strainer into the cups.

For teas made from seed, these should first be pounded in a mortar, then follow the same process as for dried herbs.

List of Medical Plants: The most common herbs, together with any generally recognized properties they may have are listed below:

Angelica:
Parts Used: Leaves
Effect: Helps headaches and exhaustion

Balm: (Melissa)
Parts Used: Leaves
Effect: Taken hot or cold, this tea is soothing and relaxing.

Basil:
Parts Used: Leaves
Effect: Taken hot or cold, this teas helps gastric upsets and colds

Bergamot:
Parts Used: Leaves
Effect: Drink alone or mixed with China (non-fermented) tea. Relaxing and sleep inducing.

Borage:
Parts Used: Leaves
Effect: Hot or cold, borage tea is an exhilarating tonic and help catarrh.

Catnip:
Parts Used: Leaves
Effect: A tonic that lessens fever and headaches.

Chamomile:
Parts Used: Flowers
Effect: Digestive and soothing, particularly useful for soar throats when it may be also used as a gargle.

Coltsfoot:
Parts Used: Flowers or Leaves
Effect: Used for catarrh and chest complaints. Contains vitamin C.

Comfrey:
Parts Used: Leaves and Dried Roots
Effect: Soothing and a digestive, helps chest complaints

Dandelion:
Parts Used: Leaves
Effect: Beneficial to liver, helps rheumatism and acts as a general tonic and blood purifier.

Dandelion:
Parts Used: Roots Dried, roasted and ground.
Effect: Used as a substitute for coffee and as a diuretic.

Elder:
Parts Used: Flowers
Effect: Delicious, sleep-inducing and good for throat infections and colds.

Horehound:
Parts Used: Leaves
Effect: Coughs and colds

Hyssop:
Parts Used: Leaves
Effect: Taken hot or cold helps coughs and colds

Juniper:
Parts Used: Berries
Effect: Antiseptic and stimulant, good for chest complaints, indigestion and nerves.

Lady’s Mantle
Parts Used: Leaves
Effect: Premenstrual and menstrual tension.

Lime:
Parts Used: Flowers
Effect: Delicious, sleep-inducing, soothing drink, good for colds and indigestion.

Lovage:
Parts Used: Leaves
Effect: More like a broth, add salt for a cleansing and refreshing drink.

Melilot:
Parts Used: Whole Plant
Effect: Wind and general tonic.

Mint: (especially Peppermint and Spearmint)
Part Used: Leaves
Effect: Taken for colds, headaches, diarrhea, heartburn, nausea and stomachache.

Nettle:
Parts Used: Leaves
Effect: General tonic and blood purifier

Parsley:
Parts Used: Leaves
Effect: General tonic and diuretic

Rosemary:
Parts Used: Leaves
Effect: Headaches and insomnia

Sage:
Parts Used: Leaves
Effect: General Tonic

Thyme:
Parts Used: Leaves
Effect: Good for coughs and sinus ailments

Vervain: (verbena)
Parts Used: Leaves and Dried Roots
Effect: Slightly bitter tisane, acts as a sedative and digestive.

Yarrow:
Parts Used: Leaves
Effect: Taken for fevers, coughs, colds and as a general tonic.

Tisanes may also be made from the seeds of fennel and caraway and the leaves of tansy, costmary and St. John’s wort.

Do not expect instant results from drinking a tisane, their benefits are cumulative.

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