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What are Loose Leaf Herbs?
Herbs come from the leafy part of a plant (while on the other hand, spices are usually the dried seed, berry, bark, or root, etc). Most loose leaf herbs naturally contain no caffeine. The “loose leaf” part merely means that the herb is outside of a teabag.
If you want to get technical about it, herbs and herbal teas aren’t really “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.
Why Loose Leaf Herbs?
When you steep quality loose leaf herbs, there should be ample room for the ingredients to absorb water and expand as they infuse. This allows the water to 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 infusion rate is 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. Typically, freshness can be a major issue with typical teabags, especially if they are not packaged well (i.e. in a paper box with a paper wrapper).
On the other hand, properly infusing loose leaf herbs allows the hot water to surround every inch of the herbs,
producing a fresh, full flavor. Yum!
What are the Health Benefits of Your Loose Leaf Herbs*?
- Chamomile is a calming herb, used for soothing an upset stomach and promoting sleep.
- Peppermint leaf will also soothe digestive issues. Furthermore, some herbalists recommend it for heartburn. Its refreshing aroma can aid in mental focus. Additionally, it’s reportedly effective for coughing and congestion.
- Raspberry leaf is literally the leaf from the raspberry plant. The specific combination of nutrients in raspberry leaf makes it extremely beneficial for the female reproductive system. In addition, it is naturally high in magnesium, potassium, iron and b-vitamins
(*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 loose leaf herbs or herbal teas, especially if you are taking other medications or supplements).
Note: Please Use Caution with Loose Leaf Herbs!
Many people consider herbs and herbal teas to be perfectly safe because they are natural. However, this is only true if they are used appropriately. Inappropriate use of some loose leaf herbs could be dangerous! Please consult a physician or pharmacist, especially if you are pregnant, nursing, taking prescription medications, have certain health conditions, or have allergies to certain foods or plants. For example, tea lovers who are allergic to ragweed should avoid closely related herbs like chamomile, marigold, and echinacea.
Steeping Tips for Loose Leaf Herbs
- Serving size: Use 1 heaping teaspoon to 1 tablespoon loose leaf herbs per 8 oz water
- Water temperature: 205°-212°
- Steep Time: 5 or more minutes.
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 black herbs (or any other tea type/s), please visit our Wholesale Inquiry page.
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