Tea and Tisanes -What's the Difference and Which is Better for You?

A major reason for the popularity of tea is its health benefits.  It has been considered a healthful beverage since its legendary discovery by the Chinese Emperor Shen-Nung over 5000 years ago. Tea contains natural antioxidants called flavonoids, which are an important part of a healthy diet.  Tea also contains energizing caffeine. 

What undeniable facts do we know about the health benefits of tea and tisanes?

  • They have no calories, when drunk without milk or sugar
  • Their natural antioxidant are similar to those contained in fresh fruit and vegetables and they are considered healthful
  • As beverages, they keep us hydrated and quench thirst

What is the Difference between a Tea and Tisanes?

Tea comes from the Camellia Sinensis plant and all other ‘teas’ are actually tisanes. Often the two terms are used interchangeably as they are consumed in the same manner, but a tisane is really an infusion of herbs, flowers, spices or fruit. Typically, a tisane is caffeine free; whereas caffeine is a natural characteristic of the Camellia Sinensis plant. The five classifications of tea- black, blue, green, yellow and white- are the only ones produced from this plant.

The health benefits of tisanes, or herbal infusions, are usually descried in terms of their curative or calming effects.  The medical community generally aggress that the lack of caffeine in tisanes makes these beverages desirable alternative to coffee, tea and other caffeinated beverages. They are also an appropriate beverage choice for children and those wishing to limit their caffeine consumption.

Caffeine in Tea

The longer tea brews, the less caffeine is released.  More than 50 percent of the caffeine in tea is released in the first thirty seconds of brewing.  That is why steeped tea is deemed to not only taste better but to be better for you. One theory is that longer steeping releases other elements into the tea as well.  These elements may prevent caffeine absorption resulting in a calming effect.  One component of tea, the amino acid theanine, is known to reduce tension and stress without impending alertness.

On average, an eight-ounce cup of tea contains between 10 and 60 mg of caffeine.  A comparable cup of coffee contains 80-120 mg of caffeine.

Another consideration is the temperature of the water.  Tea brewed in water that is hotter than the recommended brewing temperature will release more caffeine, while tea brewed in cooler water will release less caffeine. As well, re-steeped tea is often described as milder, probably because there is less remaining caffeine to be extracted with each re-steeping.

Tea Brewing

General Guidelines for Brewing

A general guideline for brewing tea is to bring water to a boil, let it stand for a few minutes, and then pour it over the tea, allowing the tea to steep for three to five minutes, until it attains your preferred flavour and colour. 

Blue or oolong and white tea often require longer brewing times to assure the desired flavour.   Whole-leaf teas are brewed longer than broken teas.

Tisanes brewed from dried herbs are usually steeped five to ten minutes, depending on the herb.  The most important element in preparing tea is the water.  To showcase the flavour of brewed tea, use pure water that is free of minerals that could alter or compromise the taste of the tea.

The ideal temperature for brewing black and blue teas is in the range of 203 -208 degress F {95 -98 degress C] and, for green, yellow and white teas, 158 degrees F [70 degrees C].  Water that is too hot will damage tea leaves and detract from the aroma and flavour of brewed teas. To brew tisanes, use the recommended temperature for green, yellow and white teas.

A list of the more popular tisanes and their presumed health benefits.

Chamomile tea is best known for its calming effect and is often blended with other herbs and packaged as Bedtime tea.  It is said to reduce anxiety, which helps to promote sleep. Chamomile tea is also believes to relieve menstrual cramps, aid digestion and possibly aid in the management of diabetes and hyperglycemia.

Ginseng has long been considered an aphrodisiac.  It is also though to improve the circulatory system and sharpen mental functioning. 
Some rely on it as a general cure for everything from depression to hair loss to high blood pressure.

Hibiscus teais believed to help lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. It contains vitamins C, which may boost the immune system.

Variety of teas and tisanes some of which provide specific health benefits

Lavender tea may relieve stress and migraine headaches, as well as aid digestion.  Its calming effect may encourage sleep. Some use lavender tea as a mouthwash to eliminate bad breath.

Lemongrass tea is said to reduce stress, aid digestion in children, ease menstrual cramps, reduce fever, and have antioxidant properties.  Lemon grass is often blended with chamomile and lemon myrtle, which both act as natural enhancers.

Lemon myrtle is thought to have an anti-inflammatory effect, thus easing arthritis symptoms.  It also has a calming, stress reducing effect.

Mint tea is believed to relive irritable bowel syndrome, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, and infant colic.  Its mint flavour may mask bad breath.  The intense refreshing taste of mint tea ha a psychological benefit that cannot be debated.

Rooibos and honeybush are said to relieve stomach ulcers, nausea, constipation, heartburn, cramps, colic and insomnia.  These teas are believed to be rich in anti-oxidants. When applied directly to the skin, they may believe itching, sunburn, and diaper rash.  Their mineral content, which includes potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, copper and zinc can contribute to a healthful diet and overall good health

Rosehip tea is high in vitamin C and also contains vitamins, A, D, and E.  Rosehip is often blended with hibiscus in teas.  Rosehip tea is used to prevent bladder infections and relieve headaches and dizziness.  It is said to be rich in iron and help restore beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract after a round of antibiotics.

Yerba mate is becoming popular worldwide because of its stimulating effect, which some perceive as sharpened mental clarity.  Though experts still debate the caffeine content of yerba mate, they generally agree that it does not produce the less desirable effects of caffeine, such as jitteriness, often experienced after drinking highly caffeinated beverages like coffee or soft drinks. 

In today’s marketplace there is no limit to the number of teas or tisanes available.  Blends have become very popular and a experienced blender will consider the following in making their blends:

  • the taste of each of the herbs that will be used, and
  • their curative properties

Some blends will also include dried or dehydrated fruit to add yet another dimension to the taste profile of the blend.  

The real challenge, then, is choosing from the many varieties available.  Undeniably, it requires trying different blends to find the notes, aromas and tea properties that align with your personal taste and goals.   In every home of an avid tea drinker, you will find different type of teas and/or tisanes that are enjoyed at different times of the day.  

Now that you have an overview of teas and tisanes, it is time to go out and try different varieties to determine the one that is most soothing and appealing to you.  Don’t limit yourself to one because there is just so much to discover in the world of teas.



Comments (92 Responses)

03 December, 2023

Axel Fitzgerald

In addition to changing the way we think about money, the virtual currency known as Bitcoin has sparked a whole new wave of investment opportunities and financial possibilities. Traditional currencies cannot match the degree of liberty and privacy that Bitcoin gives because of its decentralized and secure design. It makes sense why so many are hopping on the Bitcoin bandwagon. However, with great power comes great responsibility, and in the case of Bitcoin, the responsibility to safeguard your digital assets. As more and more people venture into the world of cryptocurrencies, the issue of lost or inaccessible Bitcoin is becoming a major (prowizardgilbertrecovery) concern. Whether it’s due to forgotten passwords, hardware failures, or other unforeseen circumstances, the loss of Bitcoin can be a devastating blow to anyone’s financial well-being. Locating lost Bitcoin is no walk in the park, and anyone who has gone through the frustrating experience can attest to that. The complex nature of the blockchain technology that underlies Bitcoin, coupled with the ever-evolving security measures, presents various challenges in recovering lost or inaccessible funds. From private keys to encrypted wallets, there are numerous factors and obstacles that can stand in the way of retrieving lost Bitcoin. Pro Wizard Gilbert Recovery  is an expert in recovering Bitcoin transactions that have been pilfered, using revolutionary strategies and tools to pinpoint and recover snatched money. They are able to recognize transaction traces, patterns, and possible vulnerabilities thanks to their proficiency in blockchain analysis, data mining, and cryptographic analysis. Individuals and companies can improve their chances of recovering pilfered Bitcoin and regaining financial security by collaborating with Pro Wizard Gilbert Recovery  focuses on assisting people in getting their lost or unusable Bitcoin back thanks to their years of knowledge and competence. Ensure to ask for help via;  prowizardgilbertrecovery(@)engineer.com & Telegram: @Pro_Wizard_Gilbert_Recovery

30 November, 2023

Deb Cantwell


I had promised Spyweb Cyber Security Service that I was going to post a review about them and well, here I am. I was able to recover my stolen cryptocurrency through the help of Spyweb Cyber Security Service. I’m very happy that I came across Spyweb Cyber on the internet. Spyweb Cyber was able to recover my crypto funds after I lost them to crypto scammers. If you have in any way lost money to these crypto scam artists then you need to contact Spyweb Cyber Security Services to help you in the recovery process. Spyweb Cyber Security is the best crypto recovery platform and I highly recommend their services to everyone.

Whats App: + 1 3 2 3 9 0 4 8 8 2 4
Website: SPYWEB . TECH

29 November, 2023

Bobby Zion

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR AN ONLINE HACKERS, FRIENDS DARE. IF YOU NEED GENUINE AND PROFESSIONAL HACKING SERVICES CONTACT : GEO COORDINATES HACKER They are professional hackers. They are the best hackers and software developers to penetrate any website, all other hackers get in touch with them to get the best Algorithm software. Their services are 100% guaranteed. Thank God for directing me to Geo Coordinates Hacker. Nothing is worse than losing access to your bitcoin wallet. Just the thought of knowing my whole life savings was gone I went into depression. I felt my life was over and just when I thought all hope was lost, was a friend of mine who introduced me to Geo Coordinates Hacker. I was able to gain access to my wallet in just a matter of days, if you are going through a similar situation or any hacking trouble, don’t lose hope with an amazing hacker like Geo Coordinates Hacker. You are sure of 100% recovery, he is reliable and very timely, you will never regret any of their services. Here is the contact info if any one also needs his help. Email: geocoordinateshacker@proton.me.

17 November, 2023



I’m one of those few people who invested in the cryptocurrency market and was hoping to make enough profits after my retirement. Unfortunately, I had invested in a platform that was out to steal from me, I lost around $275,000 to this platform excluding the promised profits. I had lost every penny I invested into it including the money I had to borrow from friends. I thought it was all over until I came across a Cryptocurrency recovery expert, ETHICSREFINANCE SERVICE, who helped me recover my money from these fake investors. It took ETHICSREFINANCE 48 hours to recover my money and I was able to track down these people. I?m truly grateful for their service and I highly recommend them to anyone with the same problem.

Email Address: ethicsrefinance@gmail.com
WHATSAPP :+1 (719) 642-8467

17 November, 2023

Linda Anthony

GET RICH WITH BLANK ATM CARD, Whatsapp: +18033921735

I want to testify about Dark Web blank atm cards which can withdraw money from any atm machines around the world. I was very poor before and have no job. I saw so many testimony about how Dark Web Online Hackers send them the atm blank card and use it to collect money in any atm machine and become rich I email them also and they sent me the blank atm card. I have use it to get 500,000 dollars. withdraw the maximum of 5,000 USD daily. Dark Web is giving out the card just to help the poor. Hack and take money directly from any atm machine vault with the use of atm programmed card which runs in automatic mode.

You can also contact them for the service below

Western Union/MoneyGram Transfer Bank Transfer PayPal / Skrill Transfer Crypto Mining CashApp Transfer Bitcoin Loans Recover Stolen/Missing Crypto/Funds/Assets

Email: darkwebonlinehackers@gmail.com

Email: info@darkwebonlinehackers.com

Telegram or WhatsApp: +18033921735

Website: https://darkwebonlinehackers.com

1 2 3 19 Next

Leave a comment (all fields required)