What's the fuss all about?
What is herbal tea?
Herbal teas, also called tisanes, are beverages made from the infusion or decotion of herbs, spices or other plant material such as flowers, roots, seeds or leaves in hot water. In contrast to black, green or oolong tea, they are not brewed from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant.
Herbal tea benefits
Herbal based teas come in a variety of delicious flavours and are naturally free of sugar, calories and caffeine. Moreover, they can offer positive effects on your wellbeing and support a healthy lifestyle. The Times of India concludes in 2019:
"With a little change in the lifestyle and a cup of herbal tea everyday, one can actually observe a difference in their body. Given the lifestyle of urban people these days, herbal tea is a boon to mankind as it provides specific benefits-including digestion, detoxification and weight loss. Rich in antioxidants, minerals and vitamins, it not only makes your body healthy but also helps in relaxing, recovery and refreshing your mind. If you're looking at gaining health benefits, then you should absolutely stay away from products that contain essential oils and flavours. It is very important to drink herbal tea that is 100 percent natural."
The article identifies 8 potential health-promoting properties:
3) Digestion Aid
4) Inflammation Reduction
5) Weight Loss
6) Immue System Boost
8) Stress Relief
Teas made of herbs have been used as natural remedies for a variety of ailments for hundreds of years. According to Healthline.com in 2017, modern science has begun to find evidence supporting some of the traditional uses of herbal tea, as well as some new ones.
Is a cup of herbal tea good for you?
A scientific review study published in 2019 concludes that:
"A small number of clinical and observational studies have explored a wide range of herbal teas that have demonstrated potential clinical benefits in areas of female and maternal health, and chronic conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure and weight loss. Observational studies suggest there may be associations between herbal tea consumption and a reduced risk of liver and thyroid disease, indicating further research is warranted to understand both the clinical treatment and preventative health potential of herbal teas. In these studies identified, herbal teas provide a costeffective and enjoyable therapeutic option, being an alternative to pharmacological treatments which might be desirable for example during pregnancy, or offering a culturally fitting healthcare choice." (Poswal et al. 2019)
History of tea
According to the UK Tea & Infusions Association, there are various legends surrounding the origins of tea. One of the best known is the story of Shen Nung, emperor and renowned herbalist. He was boiling drinking water when leaves from a nearby tea bush blew into his pot. He tasted the result, and the beverage of tea was born.
The history of herbs and healing herbs goes back thousands of years. In Germany, teas made of herbs were first mentioned around 800 AD in the scripts of a monastery on the island Reichenau in the Lake Constance.
TGT - The German Teaway
Big tea brands in the UK are not dedicated to herbal infusions and alternative herbal teas that can be found in supermarkets are limited in their variety of flavours and herbs. TGT is fully specialized on high quality herbal tea blends with a large variety of different natural ingredients, which sets us apart. Our products are sourced and produced by Germany's oldest, still family owned, tea manufacturer, established in 1816.