Herbal tea Information

A herbal tea, tisane, or ptisan is a herbal or plant infusion and usually not made from the leaves of the tea bush . Typically, herbal tea is simply the combination of boiling water and dried fruits, flowers or herbs. Herbal tea has been imbibed for nearly as long as written history extends. Documents have been recovered dating back to as early as Ancient Egypt and Ancient China that discuss the enjoyment and uses of herbal tea. Among Chinese, herbal tea is commonly known as liong cha or liang cha .

The English word "tisane" originates from the Greek word πτισάνη , a drink made from pearl barley. For Chinese word liang cha 凉茶, means cooling tea which Chinese used to drink for cooling down the body heat due to weather or sickness.

Herbal teas can be made with fresh or dried flowers, leaves, seeds or roots, generally by pouring boiling water over the plant parts and letting them steep for a few minutes. Seeds and roots can also be boiled on a stove. The tisane is then strained, sweetened if so desired, and served. Many companies produce herbal tea bags for such infusions.

Wikipedia, Herbal tea, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herbal_tea (as of Apr 7, 2011)

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