Tea vs Tisane & listening to your body.

Doesn't the word Tisane just sound beautiful? So what is it? A tisane is any herbal tea. Mint, chamomile, red raspberry leaf, whatever. Any beautiful mixture of wonderful herbs that we put into our hot cup of water.

What is tea then? While most people call a lot of things "tea", technically a real tea is made from leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant. Green tea has zero fermentation while black tea has the most fermentation. I drink Black tea for the energy and I drink Green tea for the profound health and beauty benefits. Green tea contains the potent antioxidant catechin, a bioflavonoid. Catechins have strong anti cancer properties, reduces oxidative damage, and have been shown to significantly reduce inflammation.

My body is super sensitive to anything and everything (anyone else like this?). Over the years I've learned to listen to my body, and I use a blend of Tisanes (herbs), and Camellia sinensis (teas) to provide my body with exactly what it is asking for. This is part science and part intuition.

I've enjoyed bagged supermarket tea my entire life. A few years ago, my husband got me some loose-leaf tea for Christmas and whew, I don't know if he regrets it or what! Once you figure out a way to make brewing easy (I like to use tea straws) and stop be intimidated but the millions of options (if you're like me), loose-leaf tea is so much more enjoyable, and the health benefits are profound.

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