What’s The Difference Between Tea and Tisanes?

Felicia Sapountzis

Who doesn’t like to unwind with a nice cup of warm tea after a long day at work? Tisanes or herbal teas are becoming increasingly popular since they are packed with antioxidants and actually contain less caffeine than your standard cup of tea.

Pronounced tea-zahn, they are easily available at the supermarket or can even be infused at home or as part of a detox! For more information, have a read through our guide about tisanes below.

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Types of tisanes

There are several types of tisanes available depending upon your personal preference and taste. Some of the most popular tisanes include:

Leaf – mint, lemongrass, lemon balm

Bark – cinnamon, slippery elm, black cherry bark

Flower – hibiscus, chamomile, lavender, rose

Root – chicory, echinacea, ginger

These tisanes are actually more concentrated than your standard cup of tea, and therefore their flavour is much stronger. Any teas which are made with the ingredients about are classified as herbal teas, and can be used to treat a variety of different conditions.

How to prepare tisanes?

Tisanes are actually really quick and easy to prepare if you have the correct techniques. There are essentially two ways to prepare the perfect tisane: decoction and infusion. Decoction is most popular with root and bark tisanes which just involves boiling the water and herbs for a longer period of time.

On the other hand, infusion which is most popular follows a similar step, but then requires you to strain the tea leaves before drinking.

Where can I buy tisanes?

Most tisanes are readily available in the supermarket, but if you want to mix and match to create your own, there are a variety of blends available straight from the internet.

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