Debunking 5 Myths about Herbal Infusions
Since ancient times, tea has been a part of our daily routines in different forms all over the globe. Whether you have a cup of tea in the morning to energize yourself or to wind down after a long day, if you’re reading this blog we bet your day isn’t complete without a cup of tea in it.
Herbal infusions are a variety of tea that has been around for ages. However, they have regained popularity in recent years and many are turning to them as an alternative to caffeinated beverages. There are several reasons for this. Most herbal infusions are also one hundred percent caffeine-free. On top of that, herbal infusions contain various herbs, fruits, and flowers of various plants packed with nutritional goodness and they all provide an array of health benefits
With this increasing popularity comes misinformation and doubt. That is why in today’s blog we are going through 5 of the most common myths about herbal infusions and debunking them so you know how to get the maximum benefit from your cup of herbal tea.
Myth 01: Herbal infusions are teas
This is one of the most common misconceptions of herbal infusions, “are herbal infusions actually tea?”
Tea is commonly divided into five types: Black tea, Green tea, White tea, Oolong tea, and Pu-erh tea. Each one of these tea types is derived from the Camellia Sinensis plant, whereas herbal infusions only contain the goodness of herbs, fruits, and flowers.
Myth 02: Milk can counteract the health benefits of herbal infusions
This myth is nothing but a fallacy we are led to believe. Since milk contains health benefits of its own it’s fair to say it actually enhances the benefits of the herbal infusions and not neutralize them. Milk is known for its Calcium and Phosphorus content that can strengthen our bones.
Myth 03: Herbal infusions are all brewed the same way
No, all herbal infusions are not brewed the same way. They vary according to the type of herbs used, for instance dried herbs or tea bag infusions typically will be ready in about 4 – 5 minutes. But when fresh herbs such as fresh Ginger and Turmeric are used it takes around 15 – 30 minutes to fully steep in order to extract the essence of the fresh ingredients. The more you think about this the more sense it makes because both the steeping time and water temperature can change the flavor profile. Small adjustments will change its taste accordingly.
Myth 04: Every herbal infusion tastes the same
There are so many different herbs in the plant kingdom and they each have unique flavors. That is why you will never find two herbal infusions that will taste the same. If you prefer mild flavor notes, infusions with flowers like Chamomile work the best and for a kick of spice, you can try Tulsi or Ginger infusions.
Myth 05: Dried tea leaves and herbs can be kept forever
Just like every product you buy at the market, tea has a shelf life. The actual time period can depend on the ingredients in the tea. They can be kept for a longer time period if preservatives are added, but it just isn’t in its best quality. Herbal infusions and tea both have a vast amount of health benefits and the addition of preservatives can lower them, also meaning it will be more deleterious to our body.
We have reached the end of today’s blog where we busted 5 of the most common myths that have been circling around with no solid proof. With the help of this read, we hope that any false assumptions you were led to believe are now cleared and you know the real fact.