Roots, stems and leaves of everyday herbs are commonly used by Europeans to complete the very tea bags that have progressively popularised over time primarily due to their absence of caffeine, something to consider before opting for Black, Green, and Oolong teas.
Is there any information that needs to be known before brewing and drinking herbal tea? Let us take a look at 10 must know Q&As before consuming.
What is Herbal Tea?
Q1- What is Herbal Tea?
Herbal tea is also called “Tisane Infusion”, deriving from the French language, which defines tea made from dried fruits, flowers, and spices; Infusion means a drink, remedy or extract prepared by soaking herbs in liquid. Herbal tea is made from dried roots, stems, leaves, flowers, fruits, and bark of plants, but not actual tea leaves.
Q2- Does Herbal Tea contain Caffeine?
Most herbal teas do not contain caffeine, such as common chamomile tea, peppermint tea, rose tea, etc. They are made from natural plant ingredients and do not contain caffeine, which is one of the reasons why herbal teas are beloved. However, it is important to note that some plants themselves contain caffeine. For example, the yerba mate used in mate tea (Paraguay holly) naturally contains caffeine, so herbal teas made from yerba mate also contain caffeine.
Q3- How to brew herbal tea, and can it be rebrewed?
Brewing herbal tea can simply be done by setting a tea bag in 60°C-90°C water for 3-5 minutes, the same temperature and time applies to lose herb/flower blends. Most herbal teas can be rebrewed, but they tend to be less resilient than most other tea categories, meaning that the taste will gradually fade as well as the nutritional value, therefore, excessive rebrews are not recommended.
4- Can herbal tea be brewed cold?
Although many teas need to be brewed hot to achieve peak richness in flavour and nutrition, herbal tea can certainly be brewed cold. The only drawbacks of cold brewing herbal tea is that it needs to be done well in advance as it takes a number of hours to properly set, this along with the fact that cold brewing can also make the bitterness of tea more apparent. But in principle, herbal tea can be brewed cold by adding herbal tea bags to cold water, left to sit in the refrigerator for 5-8 hours.
Q5- Can I drink herbal tea whilst on medication?
Unless specifically instructed by a medical professional, there is no basis for suggesting that herbal tea should not be drunk in conjunction to medication. However, in order to avoid any potential clash between medications and herbal tea, a two hour interval is recommended.
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Q6- How many times a day can I drink herbal tea?
In principle, there is no limit to the amount that can be consumed, but as with anything, moderation is always a good guide, equating to 1-3 cups daily in this case.
Q7- Can herbal tea formulas be mixed?
Different herbs have different effects, but despite this, they can more often than not be used together. However, if it is a special herbal tea, it is recommended to ask a professional to avoid conflicting the herbs in question. In principle, some of the herbal teas sold on the market are mixed with 2-3 kinds of flowers and plants. If you want to increase the richness, you can buy a perfect herbal tea blend.
Q8- Is herbal tea suitable during menstruation?
There is no direct contraindication between drinking herbal tea and menstrual periods. Although some herbal teas contain relatively cold plants, herbal teas are mild and natural, generally suitable for consumption during the menstrual periods.
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Q9- What is the shelf life of herbal tea?
Herbal teas vary in shelf life due to the extensive variety available. The shelf life of herbal teas made from dried plant roots is far greater than the shelf life of herbal teas made from herbs such as flowers, petals, and leaves; with both considered, the average shelf life of herbal tea ranges anywhere from 2-6 months.
Q10- Is herbal tea free of pesticide residues?
In order to prevent the invasion of pests, pesticides and other related chemicals are used to some extent. If you want to avoid pesticide residues, you will need to consider purchasing organic herbal tea bags.
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Magnet is Taiwan’s leading herbal tea brand, followed B&G Tea Bar, both inspired by the concept of German herbal teas. Herbal tea is available for purchase in supermarkets, department stores and online.
ABoxTik is a brand dedicated to selling Taiwanese tea, inclusive of herbal tea series. Whether your choice is influenced by product selection or external packaging, quality is assured. There are many different types of herbal teas, including the golden chrysanthemum-flavoured stress-relieving tea, and the lemongrass-based “Wangyou Tea”. A box of high-quality tea carefully selected from local independent Taiwanese farmers, using the highest standards to provide you with the natural taste of Taiwan.