Monday, May 18, 2009

Tea For One~

"Tea" strictly speaking only applies to "infusions made from the leaves and leaf buds of the tea plant, or camellia sinensis." "Brews made from herbs like chamomile, lemon balm and mints are herbal infusions or tisanes." All infusions and tisanes are caffeine-free for the most part.

Since herbals are caffeine-free, they are perfect choices for bedtime. Chamomile is a long standing choice for calm and relaxation, but there are some other enticing choices to help put us in that comfortable slumber of " this must be Heaven." Fennel helps relax the muscles and settle the digestion, while lemon verbena and peppermint can also bring a restful nights sleep.

Yerba Mate is used often as a caffeine substitute, so I would suggest passing on this for a bedtime sip.

We know that green tea has about 2/3 less caffeine than black tea.

Jasmin with a bit of Rose is one of my favorites...the perfect way to end a day.

Try a cup of herbal tisane during your last hour before bed.....a good thing just for "you."

Bea Kunz

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