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Trying to Cut Caffeine? tInsantiy- 5 Teas, Tonics, and Tisanes that Taste Great Without Caffeine

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I like tea. Warm tea, cold tea, a hot cup of bitter Mexican style hot chocolate- honestly I like any hot beverage. I just want to share the love about tea because, somehow, it’s all just so interesting to me. There’s just a ton of variety to explore in teas, so at risk of repeating myself, I want to dive into the subject of tea once again!

What do These Words Mean?

You may be a tea fan, but did you know any teas that do not include leaves from specifically the tea plant are not technically considered teas at all? Nope. They are either called tisanes (herbal teas) or tonics (herbal teas that are used to have mild medicinal qualities, like drinking a multivitamin.)

Be careful about preparing herbal teas, because the water needs to be a little cooler than the roiling boil used for even white tea, and the herbs should be steeped for no more than a minute.

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Tisanes

  • Hibiscus
    • herbstreatandtaste`s blog describes some of the benefits, including fighting off sickness and mild laxative
  • Rooibos
    • inhumanexperiment`s blog lays it out that this tisane has tons of antioxidants and may improve cardiovascular health. Be careful about the brand you buy, though, as most rooibos sold in stores is mixed with tea leaves and has caffeine- Celestial Seasoning’s is one brand that does not.
  • Lavendar
    • Helps with stress, headaches, sleep, and inflammation from conditions like   arthritis and rheumatism, etc
    • more on this site`s page
  • Rose Hip
    • There is some info at Livestrong.
    • Among other things, this can help with kidney stones and arthritis. It will also help your adrenal system (those who are super stressed with or without a reason and those who are always blah about life may need to look critically at their adrenal system`s functionality!)

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      Lavender tea in the good china is always a special treat!

Tonics

Did your grandma make you swallow your cod liver oil and douse you in disgusting mixtures and potions at the change of the seasons? Needless to say, she probably didn’t do it out of some deep seated hatred of you. Healers have been doling out nasty tasting brews for health and wellness for centuries before we had convenient multivitamins and medicine.

Actually, in Japanese, the people that are still just as obsessed with holistic medicine as they ever have been (and have the health and vitality to prove its usefulness to the rest of the world) the word for medicine includes the word drink, as most medicines traditionally were strong tonics of one kind or another. Many Eastern doctors still prescribe things rooted in traditional medicines that have been proven effective by modern studies, so it’s still accurate to say you drink medicine there!

Humans have probably done their best to treat ailments at home since the first cave man nibbled on a random plant and realized his tooth stopped hurting. In fact, these sort of preventative treatment and care was commonplace until about the 50’s when taking endless x-rays to the point of dangerous radiation levels and removing tonsils and anything else deemed unnecessary was considered far more advanced and rational than following what home healers had learned worked after centuries of practice- possibly influenced a good bit in this direction because most of these home healers were women while most of this new brand of physician were men, and possibly the fact that all the medical schools in America at least were owned and subsidized by drug companies selling the machines that powered these new more extreme treatment methods didn’t help.

That, and the idea that new treatments were always better than anything people did in the past, though we have been learning recently that’s not necessarily always the case. Sorry, I’ll get off my personal sore spot from years of being undiagnosed and having the pleasure of dealing with all the ugly parts of the medical process in modern America giving me flashbacks of residual grumping on the subject. Let’s go back to tea now! This is basically an intermediate crash course on preventative care, so let’s learn some more about drinking your medicine!

Most of these cure alls base their effectiveness on the season, so I`ve organized them in that manner.

Spring

  • Dandelion Tea
  • Young Nettle

Summer

  • Lemon Thyme
  • Cucumber Water
  • Chamomile

Fall

  • Siberian Ginseng
  • Ashwgandha
  • Astragulus (a Chinese herb)
    • builds blood, and is also supposed to be helpful to those undergoing Chemotherapy

Winter

  • Hot water with Lemon Juice
  • Ginger
  • Hawthorne
  • peppermint tea

When you are making a tonic to help your body adapt to the changing of the seasons, an easy way to get more benefits is to combine herbs. When you are in the midst of Winter, for example, you shouldn’t resign yourself to just having ginger tea. You can jazz things up by mixing the ginger with orange peel, or cinnamon!

What’s your favorite tisane or tea? How do you prep your health for the changing of the seasons?

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