Technically speaking, Flower Teas are not “true teas”, they are Tisanes! So what the heck are Tisanes? Tisanes, often referred to as herbal teas, are naturally caffeine-free infusions of herbs, spices, or flowers that are steeped in boiling water to make tea. They differ from true teas which come from the plant Camellia Sinensis and include black, green, white, yellow, dark, and oolong tea. In this article we will explain what flower teas are, how they are unique, and why you might want to drink flower tea/tisane too!
Flowers have been used for healing purposes since the beginning of time. When our ancestors experienced pain or illness, they turned to the nature around them to help them heal. Flower tea has been used as a tool for healing because flowers are rich in antioxidants and vitamins. Each flower can offer a different benefit to our health. For example, Calendula has long been used in ointments to heal the skin of cuts and burns. Carnation has been made into a tea that helps reduce anxiety, stress, and fatigue. And Peonies have a reputation in ancient Chinese culture for relaxing muscle pains and relieving menstrual cramps. (1)
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This use of flowers for more than just their beauty has long been used throughout history and cultures. Often, flowers were used to convey a message without words or as an offering to gods or deities. In ancient China, it was very common to use flowers as medicine, and still remains a common practice in Traditional Chinese Medicine. In Old English history the royal family would bathe in flower baths and practice flower alchemy, which is the practice of embodying the nourishing parts of the plants. In ancient Egypt, there are over 800 flowers and plants that have been recorded as helpful for medicinal use. The use of flowers and flower tea for healing purposes is a definitive staple in India because of the popularity of Ayurveda, one of the world's oldest healing systems, which focuses on using the elements from the earth to balance ourselves. In modern times, there have been countless scientific studies from all over the world proving the effectiveness of using flower tea for healing purposes. (2)
Flower Tisanes and blooming (flowering) tea are often confused because they are both two of the most beautiful ways to drink tea! Flower tea is using a whole flower, or the petals, to make tea. Flower tea is an herbal tea, as herbal tea is made from an individual or a collection of herbs and flowers, creating blends for healing, taste, beauty, etc. Whereas, blooming tea is often dried flowers or herbs that are shaped into a ball and bloom when steeped.
Rose tea has a plethora of health benefits from beautifying to improving bodily system functioning. Roses are jam-packed with vitamin C, powerful antioxidants, and fruit acids. It has been said to increase blood circulation, relieve mental health issues and stress, improve skin, boost immune and digestive systems, detoxify the body, and so much more. On top of these benefits, drinking rose tea connects you to the power of the rose and the energy of love that it exudes.
Chrysanthemum tea is packed with A, B, C, and K vitamins, as well as calcium, fiber, iron, magnesium, zinc, and many other beneficial vitamins and minerals. It is known to boost the immune system, soothe and cleanse the inside of our bodies, and our skin. It is also good for our heart health, gut health, vision, and fighting diseases. To learn more about the history and healing power of Chrysanthemum tea click HERE!
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Lotus flowers are known as a symbol of healing that goes back generations. There are over 100 species of lotus, but the Blue Lotus is the rarest of them all. Like the other flowers, Lotus is full of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals to promote healing. It helps relieve stress and symptoms of depression, promotes heart and digestive health, regulates blood pressure, helps with respiratory issues, is antibacterial, and can even be used as an astringent to control internal bleeding. Click HERE to learn more about the power of Blue Lotus!
Jasmine flower is incredibly popular for its strong floral fragrance that has been used to attract people and has long been seen as a symbol of purity and passion. Jasmine tea is full of powerful antioxidants, helps to promote stomach and heart health, can freshen breath, aid in weight loss, treat mental illnesses, and promote reproductive health. To learn more about the power of Jasmine, check this out!
Potentially the most unique of the flower tisanes, the Butterfly Pea flower is special for its transformative nature. Butterfly Pea Flowers have high concentrations of anthocyanin, a beneficial antioxidant with a beautiful blue-purple pigment. The flowers have a nootropic effect and may support mental clarity and focus. On top of this, Butterfly Pea tea has anti-inflammatory properties, promotes reproductive, digestive, and respiratory health, and even helps to fight against chronic illnesses. To learn how to transform with Butterfly Pea tea click here.
Cherry Blossoms, or Sakura in Japan, are incredibly beautiful in their nature. Representing a new beginning in Japanese culture, this flower is very special as it can only be harvested once a year. Being made either sweet or salty, the options of how to enjoy Sakura Teas are endless. Sakura Tea is rich in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, reduces risk for heart disease, protects teeth, heals skin and hair, and so much more.
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To make the best cup of flower tea follow these steps:
- Place the flower into your cup
- Pour boiling water over the flower (Click HERE to learn what temperature of water to use)
- Let steep for 3-4 minutes
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Flower teas/Tisanes are so unique, possessing incredible health benefits, connecting us back to nature and our ancestors, and being the most beautiful way to drink tea! We hope this helped you understand what flower tea is and hopefully you will love it as much as we do!