Tea vs Tisanes August 21 2014

Speak loosely of herbal tea and connoisseurs will be biting their lower lip to stop themselves from correcting you ~ though if they succumb, they are likely to do so politely and calmly thanks to the serenity bestowed on them by drinking these infusions on a regular basis. {Or so I like to imagine.}

That which we call 'tea' by many other names should be known if we want to be technically correct.  'True teas' such as black, green, white, yellow and oolong are made from the cured leaves of the tea plant Camellia sinensis.

Infusions with no Camellia sinsensis leaves included are commonly called 'herbal teas' but tea artisans defer to the term 'tisanes', which is the French word for 'herbal infusion'. Personally, I don't know why one would want to miss the chance to use such a lovely word, so forever more {at the risk of seeming pretentious}, I shall be calling them tisanes .

On further exploration, one discovers tisanes don't stop at herbs, but include an almost unlimited number of choices including dried flowers and fruits along with herbs.

Some people turn to tisanes as a caffeine-free alternative. If this appeals to you and you haven't yet discovered Rooibos, it's well worth trying. {It's one of my personal favourites, though I opt for the natural vanilla-flavoured option rather than plain.} Known also as 'Red Tea' and 'Red Bush Tea', Rooibos is caffeine-free with a rich mildly-sweet flavour.

Others keep tisanes in the pantry because they want to keep up their intake of water but struggle to consume the usual couple of litres of unflavoured H2O and they can count their herbal/floral/fruity infusions towards their daily quota.

And sometimes people turn to them as a naturally medicinal approach to mild imbalances and upsets, from peppermint for indigestion and curbing appetite to chamomile flowers for calming jangled nerves any time of day, or as a soothing prelude to a good night's sleep.

If you're feeling in need of chamomile tea {perhaps for the sake of habit, we can let 'tisane' slide on the odd occasion}, a gentle spritz in the air of our J Baby Nursery Mist or Lavender Mt Blanc, Valencia + Clary Sage Room Mist will facilitate the chamomile tea in taking your tensions down a notch or more.

Fruit tisanes often include spices and herbs along with fruit extracts and oils, dried fruits and peel, and petals and blossoms that unfurl in the hot water to create a visually lovely ritual.

When inviting friends over for a High Tea at home, flip your Aroma Reeds located near your chosen entertainment area well ahead of time so they are offering a mere hint of fragrance drifting in the air and your guests can fully experience the delicate flavours of their teas and tisanes of choice.  My recommendations for such occasions: Vanilla Orchid and Sweet Herbs .

Perhaps a lovely way to usher in Spring's arrival.  The smell of the first jasmine buds blossoming can't be too far away now ...

Unleash your scents of elegance ... X

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