Tea Vs. Tisane
A beverage made from the plant, Camellia sinensis. Tea leaves can be consumed as White tea, Green Tea or Black tea. Tea leaves can be fermented (using yeast and bacteria) and consumed as Oolong or Pu'erh. Tea leaves can also be oxidized (a chemical reaction that occurs with oxygen).
Green Tea = non-oxidized
White Tea, Yellow Tea, Blue-Green Tea and Red Tea = oxidized
Black Tea and Pu'er Tea = fermented
Tea contains a number of different molecules that offer many benefits. One common set of ingredients are called catechins. Catechins (specifically epigallocatechin or ECGC) is a wonderful antioxidant that has been studied in cancer research. These molecules are powerful in their fight of abnormal cells.
A beverage made from many different plants (herbs) and consumed in the same manner of tea. Tisanes are some of our first medicines. Taking a plant and steeping or boiling in water creates a concoction. This concoction is then consumed to create a desired reaction in the body. One of the simplest ways of introducing herbal remedies has been in the form of tisanes. Tisanes are normally caffeine-free. The benefits of tisanes are vast. With tea, you receive specific types of chemical compounds, that provide healing. With tisanes, the combinations are endless, allowing for numerous healing benefits. You create a synergy when combining herbs and a "super compound" can be formed when one or more herbs are combined. The healing potential becomes endless when using herbs.