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Tisanes A-Z

Oct 30, 2018 by Aušra Burg

LIME BLOSSOM

Hypotensive, antispasmodic, 
sedative, carminative


The lime tree, also known as linden, can be found throughout central and eastern Europe, often lining the streets in urban areas. Harvested in the summer, lime blossom is a relaxing infusion with sedative effects, and has been used for centuries as a nervine medicine to treat nervous palpitations, anxiety and insomnia. One of the active ingredients, farnesol, acts by calming the cardiovascular system. Drink the infused leaves to soothe tension and ease stress headaches. Lime blossom can be used as a base for herbal blends as it takes on the flavour of other herbs and spices.

Parts used: Blossoms


Infusion: 100˚C | 4 minutes

Origin: Lithuania

MARIGOLD

Anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antibacterial


Marigold, also known as Calendula, has been used for centuries to make healing tinctures, ointments, teas and topical treatments, and is used in many modern medical formulations as a concentrated extract. Traditionally marigold was used as a homemade skin treatment for sunburn, bites, acne and healing wounds, and today is often used to regulate the menstrual cycle. It can be drunk as a tea to soothe the digestive system, and is beneficial for aiding various digestive illnesses as well as stomach and menstrual cramps.

Parts used: Blossoms


Infusion: 100˚C | 3-4 minutes

Origin: Lithuania

CAMOMILE

Sedative, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic


Camomile is widely appreciated for its therapeutic benefits, and has been used within herbal medicine for a variety of ailments for thousands of years. Containing various bioactive phytochemicals, the flowerheads can be infused as a tea, or used to extract essential oils for aromatherapy for its calming and sedative effects. Traditionally used in ointments and creams for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and mild astringent properties, camomile can help with immune and digestive function. Drink an infusion to relieve indigestion or gastrointestinal spasm, and before bed to calm the mind.

Parts used: Flowers, essential oil


Infusion: 100˚C | 3 minutes

Origin: Egypt

DOG ROSE; ROSE HIP

Anti-inflammatory, diuretic,
antidepressant 


Rosa canina, known as the Dog Rose, is a wild species of rose, a thorny scrambling climber. The large pale pink flowers bloom in May and June, with the fruit - rose hips - ripening in September and October. Rose hips contain a high level of vitamin C and were used traditionally to make syrups to boost vitamin intake. Infused as a tea, the petals have a delicate almond-like sweetness and an aromatic golden-yellow liquor.

Parts used: Blossoms, fruit


Infusion: 100˚C | 5 minutes

Origin: Lithuania

ORANGE BLOSSOM

Sedative, aphrodisiac, diuretic, 
anti-inflammatory


Orange blossom is the highly aromatic and sweet-scented flower of the Citrus aurantium. The flowers of the bitter orange, or Seville orange, bloom in May and are carefully gathered after sunrise. Orange blossoms provide a delicate almond-like sweetness and intensely floral character to herbal blends, and balance well with citrus flavours. The essential oil is used in perfumery, and is recognised for its aphrodisiac properties. An infusion of the petals has a soothing sedative effect, and can be drunk before bedtime to aid relaxation.

Parts used: Blossoms


Infusion: 100˚C | 3-4 minutes
Origin: Iran

MELISSA; LEMON BALM

Sedative, antidepressant, digestive stimulant


Melissa is a deeply relaxing herb known for its sedative and calming effects, frequently used as a treatment for anxiety and depression. Also known as lemon balm, it is member of the mint family, Lamiaceae. Although commonly confused with other mint family members due to similarities in leaf appearance, the aromatic lemon scent makes it easily distinguishable. The essential oil extracted from the leaves is often used in aromatherapy for its soothing effect. Drink the infused leaves to soothe symptoms of depression and nervous tension, and aid stress-related digestive problems.

Parts used: Leaves, essential oil


Infusion: 100˚C | 3-4 minutes

Origin: Lithuania

LEMON MYRTLE

Antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic


Lemon Myrtle is a highly fragrant plant endemic to the subtropical rainforests of Queensland, Australia. The large olive-green leaves are rich in essential oils with a high mineral and vitamin content, and act as a powerful antioxidant. Lemon Myrtle is very high in citral, and has a strong citrus aroma and sherbet-like aftertaste. An infusion of the leaves is highly refreshing, uplifting and thirst-quenching.

Parts used: Leaves, essential oil 


Infusion: 100˚C | 3 minutes  

Origin: Australia

 PEPPERMINT

Anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic,
carminative


Peppermint is a hybrid mint native to Europe and the Middle East. Now cultivated throughout the world, it is harvested in the summer just before it blooms in pale purple flowers. The dried leaves have a dark green hue and an earthy, sweet menthol flavour. Mint has been used in traditional medicine to ease stomach ache and can be used to alleviate symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Its essential oil can be used to improve nausea and settle the stomach. 

Parts used: Leaves, essential oil


Infusion: 100˚C | 3 minutes

Origin: Hungary

ROOIBOS

Anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic,
antioxidant


Rooibos, also known as Red Bush, grows only in the mountainous Cederberg region in the Western Cape, South Africa. The spiky shrub bears needle-like leaves that are infused to give a full-bodied caffeine-free tea, providing a good alternative to breakfast tea with milk. To produce red rooibos tea, the leaves go through an oxidation process that gives it the characteristic deep red colour, nutty flavour and full body. Green rooibos tea is unoxidised and has a lighter, grassy flavour and a yellowy-gold liquor. Rooibos is rich in minerals and polyphenols, and is suitable to use as a base for herbal blends. 

Parts used: Leaves


Infusion: 100˚C | 3-4 minutes

Origin: South Africa

LEMON VERBENA

Sedative, antispasmodic, digestive aid, liver and gall bladder stimulant 


Lemon Verbena is a highly aromatic plant rich in essential oils, with long green leaves and an aromatic citrus scent. It is used as a culinary herb, as well as in aromatherapy and perfumery, adding a strong lemony flavour. Indigenous to South America and introduced to Europe by the Spanish, it promotes health by detoxifying the digestive tract and reducing inflammation. Lemon Verbena is valued for its uplifting and soothing properties, and is drunk as a calming and restorative tea. It is considered to ease muscle tension, indigestion, insomnia and stress headaches.

Parts used: Leaves, essential oil


Infusion: 100˚C | 4 minutes

Origin: France

PERSIAN ROSE

Anti-inflammatory, sedative, antidepressant, astringent


Originally found growing in the Middle East, the Damask Rose is now cultivated largely for its essential oil - rose otto. It is used widely in cooking in Arabic countries and in aromatherapy, and has a sweet floral aroma and delicate fuchsia pink colour. The scent is known to be highly soothing and balancing. Drink a Persian Rose infusion in the evening to calm the mind and ease symptoms of stress, to cool the body down and to comfort during menstruation.

Parts used: Blossoms, essential oil


Infusion: 100˚C | 5 minutes

Origin: Iran

RASPBERRY LEAF

Analgesic, digestive aid


The leaves of the raspberry plant are harvested in early summer, and can be drunk daily as a tea by women in the final two months of pregnancy to strengthen the womb for childbirth, as well as during labour. Drink a daily infusion of the leaves during menstruation to ease cramps and discomfort. It can be used as a base for herbal blends, taking on flavours of other herbs and spices well. Raspberry leaf should be avoided entirely through the early stages of pregnancy, and should only be consumed in the final trimester. 

Parts used: Leaf, fruit


Infusion: 100˚C | 3-4 minutes

Origin: Lithuania

WILD THYME

Antiseptic expectorant, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, antibiotic


Originally native to southern Europe, thyme can now be found growing across the world and is used widely in cooking. The leaves have strong antiseptic and expectorant properties so are commonly used to clear chest infections and coughs. Infuse the dried leaves and drink daily to fight colds, or use as a steam inhalant. Rub thyme essential oil extracted from thyme leaves onto the chest to aid bronchitis and infections.

Parts used: Leaves, essential oil


Infusion: 100˚C | 5 minutes

Origin: Lithuania

ELDERFLOWER

Diaphoretic, expectorant, circulatory stimulant, anticatarrhal


Elder can be found growing in woodland areas in Europe, south-west Asia and north Africa. The elder plant was traditionally used in its entirety medicinally, each part with various benefits. The leaves were used topically for healing wounds, often made into a green ointment and rubbed on bruises and sprains, and the berries known for their diaphoretic and purgative properties. The elderflowers are commonly used today to make sweet cordials and flavourings. The dried flowers make a sweet and refreshing infusion, used in the treatment of cold and flu.

Parts used: FLowers, leaves, fruits


Infusion: 100˚C | 3-4 minutes

Origin: Lithuania

NETTLE

Diuretic, nutritive, tonic, 
circulatory stimulant


Known mostly as a familiar weed that grows widely across Europe and Asia, nettle is a highly cleansing herb that has a number of uses medicinally. The plant takes up vitamins and minerals from the soil, leaving it depleted, and stores them in its leaves rendering them full of nutrition. Nettle is a diuretic, and can be used to support and improve urinary function. Make an infusion of the dried leaves daily to cleanse and revive, and to stimulate the circulatory system. The fresh leaves can be crushed or juiced to make a tonic. 

Parts used: Leaves, stems, roots


Infusion: 100˚C | 3-4 minutes

Origin: Lithuania