Herbal teas have a long history of use as a remedy. It's only recently that people have begun appreciating them for their flavors alone. Their diversity of uses and flavors mean that there is something for everyone when it comes to herbal tea.
Strictly speaking, herbal tea is not strictly a tea but a "tea-like" product. The tea are flavorful infusion drinks that are made from fresh or dried plants. "Tea" can only refer to product that comes directly from a tea plant.
Speaking of the tea plant:, in contrast to teas, herbal teas have no caffeine content. However, they do have a number of other ingredients. The essential oils contained in the herbs are responsible for the smell and the taste of the herbal tea. In addition, there are a number of vitamins, minerals, trace elements and polyphenols in herbal teas.
Herbal teas can be bought both as a single tea, or as a blend. Herbal teas that consist only of only one type of plant such as camomile or rosehip tea are considered single teas.
Teas but can originate not only from different plants, but also from various plant parts. The flowers, fruit, leaves, seeds, roots, bark and wood of a plant can all be used for herbal teas.
The largest growing areas for herbal plants today are in Eastern and Southern Europe, Germany, China, Egypt and South America. Individual ingredients, however, are still mainly obtained from wild collection. These ingredients could be plants such as linden flowers, nettles or elderflowers.
To retain the flavor of herbal tea for as long as possible, consider how you store them. The best teas are stored cool, dry and dark in an airtight vessel. Although dried herbs are durable, they lose their valuable contents over time. So don't wait too long before using them up.
In reference to Medical History, herbal teas are indispensable as they make for effective remedies. In fact, they have been used for centuries to heal many minor complaints. Even today you will find pharmacies provide special herbal tea blends that are used for treating ailments.
Classic tea has been drunk in Europe only since the 17th century. Herbs as medicinal teas, however, have been in use for much longer. There is evidence of herbal tea being used as early as the 5th century. Herbal tea as we know it today, has only been in use for about 200 years. In earlier times, the herbs were soaked in wine and all the contents, including the plant's pulp drunk.
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