Tisanes (Herbal Teas)

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The word tisane (originally, from French) means an infusion from any plant other than the tea plant – plants like chamomile, peppermint, and rooibos. These are often called “herbal teas”, which comes from the term herbalism, the principle of using various plants for their flavors, aromas, and perceived health benefits, but they are not real tea!  My tisanes are 100% natural and all of them – except yerba mate – are caffeine-free.


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Melange’s exclusive, energizing blend of Yerba Mate, Hibiscus, Lemongrass, and Cardamom – beautifully balanced, with a light bright fruity sweetness and warm, toasty base flavors. Has plenty of caffeine, vitamins, and antioxidants, for an eye-opening, energizing cup to get you through the morning or evening. Very smooth, enjoyable flavor, and an all-natural way to keep your head up and your mind sharp!

Steeping Instructions
Temperature 175-180°F Weight 12 oz. water : 6.0g (3½ tsp) tea
16 oz. water : 8.0g (4½ tsp) tea
Time 3-5 minutes

C.G.T.C.G.T.

I started making this blend of Chamomile, Ginger, and Turmeric for customers requesting a health-boosting, anti-inflammatory tea to address different health conditions. Chamomile, ginger and turmeric are the ‘big three’ among anti-inflammatory herbal teas, and have been credited with boosting one’s health and immunity in the face of various stresses on the human body. One 8 oz. serving per day recommended.

Steeping Instructions
Temperature boiling (205°F) Weight 8 oz. water : 6.0g (2½ tsp) tea Time 8 minutes

ChamomileChamomile

(Egypt) Prized throughout the Mediterranean for its soothing, healing properties, chamomile has been enjoyed for centuries for its lightly sweet flavors reminiscent of apple, hay, and honey. A lovely floral aroma, sweet smooth flavor, and very good body. Chamomile is believed to have anti-inflammatory properties, helpful against the effects of allergies, tension, fever, and of course is widely believed to promote restful sleep.

Steeping Instructions
Temperature boiling (205°F) Weight 12 oz. water : 2.0g (3 tsp) tea
16 oz. water : 2.7g (4 tsp) tea
Time 8 minutes

ChrysanthemumChrysanthemum

(China) Chrysanthemum has been a popular tisane in China and Korea for many centuries, usually drunk hot with rock sugar, or iced for hot summer months. It has a wonderfully light, refreshing sweetness, and is believed to settle the stomach, aid digestion, and provide a healthy energizing sensation – but most importantly, it’s extremely tasty, with a light floral scent and smooth sweet flavor, good all year round.

Steeping Instructions
Temperature boiling (205°F) Weight 12 oz. water : 2.0g (10-11 flowers)
16 oz. water : 2.7g (15-16 flowers)
Time 5 minutes

Dandelion LeafDandelion Leaf

(US) Dandelion leaf has been used as an herbal tea for centuries as a healthful, cleansing drink. It has a tangy bitterness with dry, grassy aromas and flavors, somewhat like a more robust Chamomile, and with similar relaxing, soothing effects – it is often used to combat allergies, recover from cold or flu, or to settle or soothe the stomach.

Steeping Instructions
Temperature boiling (205°F) Weight 12 oz. water : 1.1g (1 tsp) tea
16 oz. water : 1.4g (1½ tsp) tea
Time 15 minutes

GargarGargar

My exclusive blend of Peppermint, Ginger, and Pink Pepper for an eye- and nose-opening tisane perfect for those suffering from cold, flu, or allergies. The peppermint eases a sore throat, the ginger settles the stomach, and all three together create an effective, soothing opening of the sinuses and lungs, and combats congestion, runny nose, and sore throat. Perfect for, oh, most of a Philadelphia year… (sigh)

Steeping Instructions
Temperature boiling (205°F) Weight 12 oz. water : 2.3g (2¼ tsp) tea
16 oz. water : 3.0g (3 tsp) tea
Time 7 minutes

GingerGinger

(India) Pure coarse-cut ginger root, with a powerful sharp pungent aroma and taste. Ginger tastes like… really gingery ginger, to be quite honest. Many enjoy its ability to clear the sinuses, relieve headaches, and soothe the stomach, particularly after spicy food, cleansing to the palate and breath. It’s also easily added on top of any other tea to make an instant “mini masala chai”.

Steeping Instructions
Temperature boiling (205°F) Weight 12 oz. water : 1.5g (¾ tsp) tea
16 oz. water : 2.0g (1 tsp) tea
Time 8 minutes

Heuningbos (Honeybush)Heuningbos (Honeybush)

(South Africa) A very very close relative of Rooibos, but where the flavor of Rooibos can be described as mildly earthy or robust, Heuningbos is comparatively smooth and slightly sweet, with a vaguely cedar-like sweetness on the finish. A very soothing, relaxing cup, warm and full-flavored like red tea but without any caffeine – wonderful before bedtime!

Steeping Instructions
Temperature boiling (205°F) Weight 12 oz. water : 4.0g (2½ tsp) tea
16 oz. water : 5.0g (3¼ tsp) tea
Time 10 minutes

HibiscusHibiscus

(Nigeria) Prized throughout the Caribbean and north Africa for its ridiculously high vitamin content and uniquely tart-sweet flavor and deep purple color (caution: will stain cloth if spilled). With a strong flavor very similar to cranberry or red currant, hibiscus is an invigorating, bold tisane that is also absolutely fantastic as an iced tea (called agua di jamaica, kharkedy, or sorrel) – please see this recipe.

Steeping Instructions
Temperature boiling (205°F) Weight 12 oz. water : 4.5g (2¾ tsp) tea
16 oz. water : 6.0g (3¾ tsp) tea
Time 8 minutes

Lemon BalmLemon Balm

(Bulgaria) Lemon balm has been a popular herbal tea for centuries for its relaxing properties, smooth toasty flavor, and lightly zesty, bright aroma. Settling to the stomach, calming to the nerves and head, and considered helpful to relaxation, digestion, and sleep, it has a wonderfully smooth enjoyable flavor and engaging bouquet, with warm clean finish. One of my favorite herbals, a soothing cup any time of day.

Steeping Instructions
Temperature boiling (205°F) Weight 12 oz. water : 1.8g (3 tsp) tea
16 oz. water : 2.4g (4 tsp) tea
Time 8 minutes

LemongrassLemongrass

(Thailand) A surprising and underappreciated herbal tea, lemongrass presents tangy, lightly-sweet, toasty flavors and aromas, making a wonderful cup that is refreshing and brightly flavorful. Its rich aroma and smooth finish make it an excellent drink after spicy or rich foods, or an eye-opening but gentle afternoon break. It is also an incomparable tea-blending ingredient, lending a mild bright sweetness to any combination.

Steeping Instructions
Temperature boiling (205°F) Weight 12 oz. water : 4.5g (2½ tbsp) tea
16 oz. water : 6.0g (3¼ tbsp) tea
Time 8 minutes

Licorice RootLicorice Root

(Bulgaria) Does not taste like licorice! In fact, licorice root is naturally sweet, buttery-rich, with strong honey-like richness and flavor. This is one of the most surprising tisanes you will ever try, with its extremely tasty and energizing character – it has been prized for thousands of years for its wonderful flavor, and is believed to be an antidepressant, soothe sore throats, lower acidity levels in the stomach and intestine, and increase energy levels naturally.

Steeping Instructions
Temperature boiling (205°F) Weight 12 oz. water : 3.0g (2¼ tsp) tea
16 oz. water : 4.0g (3 tsp) tea
Time 8-10 minutes

LindenLinden

Linden is actually Europe’s most popular tisane, and one of the most consumed herbal teas in the world. It has a light, toasty, smooth warm flavor that is easy on the stomach and pleasantly mild and relaxing. Good for digestion and warming up from the cold, it is also believed to help deal with allergies and environmental irritation. More to the point, it’s a tasty easy-drinking beverage for any time morning or night.

Steeping Instructions
Temperature boiling (205°F) Weight 12 oz. water : 1.4g (2½ tsp) tea
16 oz. water : 1.8g (1 tbsp) tea
Time 10 minutes

MarigoldMarigold

This beautiful golden leaf is not only visually appealing in tea blends, it is also a very nice drink all by itself – mild, smooth, toasty, with a light-sweet flavor reminiscent of honeysuckle and lovely soft aroma. Marigold blends very well with most teas and tisanes, adding a subtle buttery warmth to just about any drink. By itself it is satisfying, simple, and relaxing to the head and stomach. Enjoy!

Steeping Instructions
Temperature boiling (205°F) Weight 12 oz. water : 1.4g (2¾ tbsp) tea
16 oz. water : 1.8g (3 tbsp) tea
Time 8-10 minutes

Mugicha (Barley)Mugicha (Barley)

(Japan) Roasted barley, known as mugicha in Japan and boricha in Korea, is one of the world’s most popular tisanes, loved for its toasty, rich flavors, and its remarkable ability to cool and refresh in the heat and humidity of summer. Easy to make, smooth and drinkable, and is believed to allow the body to more efficiently shed heat and perspire less. Sure to become a hot-weather staple for folks looking for a clean, healthy refresher. (It’s also quite tasty as a hot drink as well!)

Preparation Instructions
Temperature bring water to a boil Weight 5.0g (2 tsp) per 16 oz. water
10.0g (4 tsp) per quart
Time add mugicha to water
lower heat and cover
simmer 25 minutes

PennyroyalPennyroyal

(Morocco) A relative of spearmint with similar flavor and aroma, but milder and smooth, with a floral hint like lavender. Throughout history pennyroyal has been consumed for very particular medicinal uses, and it is strongly advised that you do some research before buying – while it is a very tasty and refreshing beverage, it is commonly believed to promote menstrual flow and uterine contractions, and should never be consumed during pregnancy.

Steeping Instructions
Temperature boiling (205°F) Weight 12 oz. water : 1.5g (2 tsp) tea
16 oz. water : 2.0g (2¾ tsp) tea
Time 10 minutes

PeppermintPeppermint

(USA) Peppermint has long been used as a substitute for tea because of its rich warm flavors and full body. Peppermint has a strong sharp aroma and is darker and more robust than its cousin Spearmint. It clears the head quickly, and also acts to relax the throat and stomach with its mildly anesthetic properties. Takes very well to lemon and/or sugar, and is excellent late at night to clear and soothe the mind, or to ease suffering from allergies or cold/flu.

Steeping Instructions
Temperature boiling (205°F) Weight 12 oz. water : 2.0g (2½ tsp) tea
16 oz. water : 2.7g (3½ tsp) tea
Time 7 minutes

Rooibos (Redbush)Rooibos (Redbush)

(South Africa) This famous tisane was long called “African red tea”, though of course it is not tea at all. Rooibos does, however, steep to a very robust, rich cup that is an excellent caffeine-free substitute for tea, either on its own or in blends. Rooibos presents earthy, toasty flavors and a rich finish, with good body. It is bolder and more robust than its cousin, Heuningbos, and is just as excellent as a relaxing warm drink before bedtime.

Steeping Instructions
Temperature boiling (205°F) Weight 12 oz. water : 4.0g (2 tsp) tea
16 oz. water : 5.0g (2¾ tsp) tea
Time 10 minutes

Spiced RooibosSpiced Rooibos

A warm, fragrant, and flavorful blend of Rooibos, cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves, for a caffeine-free Masala Chai for any time day or night. Aromatic, relaxing, warm and soothing – perfect for waking up in the morning, or relaxing in the afternoon. I hope you enjoy it!

Steeping Instructions
Temperature boiling (205°F) Weight 12 oz. water : 9.0g (4½ tsp) tea
16 oz. water : 12.0g (5¾ tsp) tea
Time 8 minutes

RosehipRosehip

(Chile) Pure, natural, dried whole rose pods – packed with all the nutrients for blooming, steeps to a clear color tea with smooth body, and a delicate sweet floral fragrance that is at once energizing and soothing. Very high in vitamins, rosehips have a citrus-like sweetness and tang, with a pleasant clean finish. Very relaxing and refreshing.

Steeping Instructions
Temperature boiling (205°F) Weight 12 oz. water : 4.5g (3 tsp) tea
16 oz. water : 6.0g (4 tsp) tea
Time 8 minutes

RougeRouge

My own blend of Heuningbos (Honeybush), Rosehip, and Hibiscus, a beautiful red tisane that is rich in color, flavor, and aroma – a robust but smooth base with tangy, sweet overtones, soothing and energizing all at once, rich in vitamins for a natural pick-me-up morning or evening. Very wholesome and lightly sweet, and transforms very nicely with a touch of sweetener (honey, preferably) or lemon juice.

Steeping Instructions
Temperature boiling (205°F) Weight 12 oz. water : 4.0g (1¾ tsp) tea
16 oz. water : 5.5g (2½ tsp) tea
Time 8 minutes

ScryeScrye

Melange’s own blend of Raspberry Leaf, Chamomile, and Spearmint, touched with Caraway Seed and Marigold, for a smooth, spicy, healthful caffeine-free tisane to cleanse, invigorate, and lift the spirits. Designed to support one’s health during times of physical or emotional stress, keep you going and help you feeling good!

Steeping Instructions
Temperature boiling (205°F) Weight 12 oz. water : 3.2g (2 tbsp) tea
16 oz. water : 4.2g (2½ tbsp) tea
Time 8 minutes

SennaSenna

(India) Senna is a powerful laxative – it stimulates peristaltic action in the intestines, helping your body naturally ‘push’ everything downwards and out within 12-24 hours. Just one or two 8 oz. servings for a day or two will help most people have healthy full bowel movements. And, just as important, senna is actually a very tasty tea, with a rich warm flavor and enjoyable smoothness.

Steeping Instructions
Temperature boiling (205°F) Weight 8 oz. water : 2.0g (2¼ tsp) tea Time 8-10 minutes

SomaSoma

A customer favorite since I first started doing this – Chamomile, Rosehip, and Lemongrass are balanced for a smooth, sweet, tangy, satisfying and relaxing afternoon tisane, just the right warm, light, honey-like sweetness, delicate floral aroma, and lively citrus tang. Soothing and refreshing, one of my most popular offerings for its smooth drinkability and its unusual ability to be equally restorative no matter what kind of day you’ve had.

Steeping Instructions
Temperature boiling (205°F) Weight 12 oz. water : 3.5g (3¼ tsp) tea
16 oz. water : 4.5g (4½ tsp) tea
Time 8 minutes

SpearmintSpearmint

(US) Like its cousin Peppermint, Spearmint has a strong penetrating fragrance, but has a more toasty-sweet flavor and lighter copper color. Refreshing and smooth, very cleansing to the palate and breath, tends to promote relaxation and peace of mind. A very enjoyable warm cup with good body and crisp clean finish.

Steeping Instructions
Temperature boiling (205°F) Weight 12 oz. water : 2.0g (2½ tsp) tea
16 oz. water : 2.7g (3½ tsp) tea
Time 7 minutes

Valerian RootValerian Root

(India) Valerian root, despite its unpleasant bitterness and strong pungent aroma, has been relied on for centuries as a sedative and pain reliever. Many people fall heavily asleep with just one or two cups, or use it to alleviate stomach pains or migraines. Many believe it helps combat depression and anxiety, and aid digestion. Of course, your mileage may vary.

Steeping Instructions
Temperature boiling (205°F) Weight 12 oz. water : 3.0g (¾ tsp) tea
16 oz. water : 4.0g (1¼ tsp) tea
Time 15 minutes

Yerba MateYerba Mate

contains caffeine!

(Brazil) This stimulating South American tisane is one of the world’s most popular beverages, the center of important social ritual and daily habit for millions upon millions. With a crisp, tangy, warm full flavor, sweet-robust aroma, and well-known for its caffeine and nutrients and its wakeful, energizing properties.

Steeping Instructions
Temperature 160-170°F Weight 12 oz. water : 3.0g (1¼ tsp) tea
16 oz. water : 4.0g (1½ tsp) tea
Time 3-5 minutes