Safely consuming tisanes...

Safely Consuming Tisanes

A Google search of the word 'tisane' yields this meaning: an infusion of dried herbs used as a beverage or for medicinal effects.


Generally, tisanes offer no caffeine, but the medicinal effects are real. Many of us drink floral teas because the taste is pleasing, never understanding that mother nature has created a remedy or a curse for certain health disorders.
 
Chrysanthemum blossom tisane...
When steeped, this flower releases a warm earthiness, with a hint of menthol. The flavors can be amplified with the addition of one or two tiny pieces of rock sugar.  


I don't advise consuming as much true tea, meaning tea produced from a Camellia sinensis plant, as is needed for one to notice any benefits from it. And when consuming tisanes, there may be times when an individual could be sensitive to the ingredient. 


I'll use my personal experiences as examples: Unwittingly, I drank approximately 4 cups of Egyptian Chamomile just before taking my blood pressure medication; within a few minutes my heart rate slowed drastically. Probably should've drank EC mid-day to avoid that contraindication. 


When I drink Chrysanthemum tea my allergies flare; the skin on my arms turns red and my throat will begin to itch if I drink more than a few ounces.


What I have learned is to be aware of what I am drinking and any contraindications it could have with medications, and, to drink a new-to-me tisane slowly so I can see how my body reacts.

Georgia Rayna, Certified Tea Sommelier