Do you already love loose leaf herbal tea? Or maybe you’ve never tried it and wonder what all the fuss is about. Either way, you’ll immediately fall in love with our caffeine-free options. We use only the highest quality, all-natural ingredients, sourcing organically whenever possible.
Scroll down and read more about our loose leaf herbal tea adventures. Our goal is always to create the most beautiful and enjoyable loose leaf tea and herbal blends for our CommuniTea Center family.
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What is Loose Leaf Herbal Tea? What’s a Tisane?
If you want to get technical about it, herbal teas and tisanes are not actually “tea.” True teas come from the plant Camellia sinensis, like black tea, green tea, white tea, etc. Anything that doesn’t contain Camellia sinensis is more properly called a tisane (pronounced “tee-ZAHN”) or an infusion, although we tend to call them “herbal teas” in general discussion.
So it’s technically not a tea, but loose leaf herbal tea can still be absolutely delicious. They can contain fun and interesting ingredients, from fruit pieces and dried flowers, to herbs and spices. Most herbal teas naturally have no caffeine, although there are a few exceptions.
For classification purposes, CommuniTea Center divides our herbal teas into a few smaller categories:
Why Loose Leaf Herbal Tea?
When you steep quality loose leaf herbal tea, there should be ample room for the ingredients to absorb water and expand as they infuse. As a result, the hot water can flow through and extract the full range of vitamins, minerals, flavors, and aromas. It tastes better, and it’s better for you!
Teabags usually contain smaller particles of ingredients. This means that there is more total surface area, and the tea infuses faster. Unfortunately, the larger surface are also increases evaporation of the flavorful and medicinal compounds, so the ingredients lose potency much more quickly. The result is a rather flat, stale brew.
On the other hand, properly infusing loose leaf herbal tea allows the hot water to surround every inch of the tea,
producing a fresh, full flavor. Yum!
What are the Health Benefits of Loose Leaf Herbal Tea?
Well… that’s a tough question to answer, due to the extremely wide variety of ingredients in herbal tea. Below is a small sampling of common ingredients and their reported uses.
(Please note that these statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. For any suspected or known illness or health concern, always consult with your doctor prior to the use of any nutritional product, including herbs or herbal teas, especially if you are taking other medications or supplements).
- Chamomile is a calming herb, used for soothing an upset stomach and promoting sleep.
- Ginger is a spicy, aromatic root, prized for its anti-inflammatory properties and for easing digestive difficulties.
- Hibiscus is a bright flower that turns an infusion red and adds a pleasant tart taste. It may help lower blood pressure or control cholesterol.
- Lemon balm (also known as Melissa) leaves have a subtle lemon flavor, plus a calming effect. It’s often used for digestive problems, pain, anxiety, or sleep issues.
- Lemongrass adds a delicious lemon-y dimension to any tea. It has antioxidant and antimicrobial properties.
- Peppermint will also soothe an upset stomach and issues with digestion. Some herbalists recommend it for heartburn. Its refreshing aroma can aid in mental focus. Additionally, it’s reportedly effective for coughing and congestion.
- Rose petals contain Vitamin C and polyphenols (a type of antioxidant).
- Rosehips are the fruit of the rose plant. They are also rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants and may boost the immune system.
Random Fun Fact:
Chamomile is one of the oldest and best-documented herbs used throughout history. For example, ancient Egyptians believed it was a cure for malaria. They dedicated chaomile to Ra, god of the sun. The Saxons revered nine sacred herbs, one of which was, of course, chamomile.
The name “chamomile” actually comes from the Greek words “khamai” (“on the ground”) and “melon” (“apple”). Ground apple tea, anyone??
Steeping Tips for Loose Leaf Herbal Tea
- Serving size: Use 1 heaping teaspoon to 1 tablespoon herbal tea per 8 oz water
- Water temperature: 205°-212°
- Steep Time: 4 to 5+ minutes. Most herbal blends won’t get bitter if steeped for long periods of time.
To take the guesswork out, each package of CommuniTea Center tea has recommendations for preparing one serving of tea. For further reading and steeping tips, check out All About Teas!
If you are interested in serving, retailing, or private-labeling loose leaf herbal tea (or any other tea type/s), please visit our Wholesale Inquiry page.