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Miss Ellie's Tea RoomLoose Leaf Tea

Loose Leaf Herbal Tea

Having a nice hot cup of loose leaf  herbal tea on a cold or chilly day is a small slice of heaven, isn’t it?  It's even better when you are not feeling up to par and the soothing warmth of the tea is able to warm you from the inside out. Herbal loose leaf teas can do more than be comforting and warming. Some herbal teas are made from plants or herbs that actually have been known for centuries to have healing or medicinal properties. There are countless varieties and blends of herbal loose leaf tea, almost everyone can find some that is appealing to their preference. However, calling it a tea, is a misnomer.  Tea, strictly speaking, comes from the tea bush (Camellia sinensis).  More accurately, herbal teas should be called Tisanes. This is a generalized term that refers to anything brewed in water (like tea) but is usually not a caffeinated drink. Often they are prepared using the same method of steeping the ‘tea’ in hot water for a period of time. The tisane tea can by composed of plants, roots, grains, leaves, or fruits. Sometimes for flavored teas, oils, extracts, fruits, leaves, or other parts of plants are added to tea leaves.
Herbal teas have been consumed as far back as we have history available. Many people have used loose leaf tea for medicinal properties and healing properties over the ages. Medicinal tea was the only treatment for many ailments for decades. Some of the most common benefits associated with herbal teas are: stimulants, relaxants, or sedatives.  There are also herbal teas that have been used to bring on labor in an expectant mother, reduces nausea, or to encourage lactation in new mothers. Herbal tea producers and distributors cannot market their teas using specific medicinal claims, because that is regulated very closely by the US government. However, the benefits of certain varieties of loose leaf herbal teas have been passed down through oral traditions in various cultures. To learn more about the specific benefits associated with various types of herbal tea or specific ingredients, visiting an herbalist or a library can be very beneficial.  A trained herbalist can give you suggestions or advice targeting specific issues or problems a person would like to medically address.
While most teas are safe for human consumption and pose no risk, there can be adverse effects occasionally.  The most often occurrances are related to allergic reactions and not to toxic effects of the preparations. Two varieties that may pose some risk are Comfrey and Lobelia teas, and even these are typically only issues if a person drinks them excessively.