This week we address a common question: Which herbal teas do you carry? To begin, herbal infusions are not tea! Herbal infusions are made from other plants, such as mint, linden, and chamomile -- not from the plant that all teas come from, Camellia sinensis. These herbals are often mistakenly referred to as "herbal teas." Although the popularity of calling any hot beverage "tea" cannot be denied, we like to make a distinction. In Europe they are more correctly known as tisanes.
We encourage people to drink herbal infusions when they are looking to avoid caffeine. Other herbals and blends are Lemon Verbena, Elder Flower, Lavender and Hibiscus, to name a few. Many of these herbs have medicinal benefits associated with them. Herbalists work with combinations of herbs to heal a great range of sicknesses. Here is an introduction to the herbals we offer:
This infusion is made with sweet mint grown in Greece blended with
French lavender. The lavender adds a sweet, perfumed aroma and provides a
subtle contrast to the clean flavor of the mint.
This herb is grown by many people in their gardens and either used fresh or dried. It is much more popular in Europe where it has been used as a relaxing beverage for centuries. The large, beautiful leaves are light green and open fully after infusing in hot water.
Whole chamomile flowers are organically grown in Germany. This herbal
infusion is an old favorite, calming, with notes of fig and honey. A
soothing choice for those who are sensitive to caffeine.