Tisanes – Herbal Teas

Classified as tisanes, these are made from plants other than Camellia sinensis and are therefore generally free of caffeine. Usually leaves, roots, and flowers with medicinal qualities and enticing aromas are dried for this purpose.

 

South Africa

Rooibos – Organic and Fair Trade Redbush

An herb gathered for centuries in the Cape area of South Africa by the Khoisan people and later by western imperialists. This beloved, highly health promoting herb has a rich body that fills the mouth like a black tea and is naturally caffeine free. Tiny red-brown needles with a sweet, earthy and slightly fruity flavor produce a brick-red infusion in the cup.

Rooibos Masala (also available with Tulsi!)

For a totally herbal masala experience, try our blend of rooibos tea with our Masala spice of cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, clove, fennel, and orange peel. Served with Pioneer Valley milk or dairy-free milk options and honey.

Rooibos Cinnamon

Just a touch of cinnamon is needed to create an inspiring, cheering and stimulating herbal experience.

 

India

Tulsi Basil

The “mother medicine of nature,” this enlivening herb is fresh and highly potent. Native to south India, we are proud and honored to bring you Tulsi that is being grown by talented herbalists from right here in the Pioneer Valley. Tulsi “holy basil” is sure to stimulate and awaken the crown chakra. Tulsi is exceptionally good for cleansing and immunity. It offers a potent sweet green and slightly spicy flavor. Drink for prosperity!

Tulsi Chai

Tulsi Basil simmered with organic sugar and local milk or dairy-free milk options. A rich, creamy infusion topped with cardamom! Similar to Chai Chai Chai!

 

Medicinal

Chaga

A wild harvested fungus that grows from the bark of birch and other trees, it is consumed in many cultures around the world for its powerful medicinal properties. This sweet and woody dark brew is similar in taste to a ripe, chocolatey pu-er.

Immunitea

A powerful medicinal blend of herbs from from Goldthread Herb Farm and Apothecary in Conway, MA. Made with the freshest quality herbs (some grown right here in the Pioneer Valley) this Immune boosting concotion will help you stay healthy or repair a damaged immune system.

Joyous Full Moon

This herbal blend is made specially to soothe the discomfort of menstruation and keep the body healthy as it undergoes its monthly cleanse. Blended right around the corner by our friends at Acadia Herbals.

Mother to Be Tea

A blend to help soothe, uplift and support expecting mothers through all the stages of pregnancy.

Rotating Specials

We always have seasonal and/or special medicinal blends being featured in the tearoom.  Please call or come in to find out what they are!

 

Blends

Eastern Winds

A succulent blend of jasmine, rose petals, violet leaf, rosehips, hibiscus, cinnamon, ginger, orange peel, star anise and cloves. This slightly tart combination of herbs and spices makes a beautiful red infusion. This herbal blend brings a quieting calm and nostalgia to the soul.

 

Create Your Own Blend

Choose 1 or 2 herbs, or ask a Devotea for a suggestion:

Peppermint 

Mentha piperita. It is sometimes called mint tea. It is naturally caffeine-free. A tea made from blending peppermint and spearmint leaves is referred to as doublemint tea. Though there have been few human clinical trials on the health benefits of peppermint tea, there is some evidence that peppermint-based products (and potentially, the tea) have healing effects because of the peppermint oil or menthol that it contains, and that treatment using orally ingested Peppermint Oil will relieve the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. It is said to also ease other problems including nausea and vomiting, diarrhea and headaches. Its minty aroma can take the edge off bad breath. It is also said to control mild asthma, manage stress and ward off the common cold. Peppermint also seems to be effective in relieving intestinal gas and indigestion.

Spearmint

Mentha spicata. In herbalism, spearmint is steeped as tea for the treatment of stomach ache and gas.

Chamomile

Asteraceae. Chamomile is the common name for several daisy-like plants that are commonly used to make a herb tea that can help to induce sleep.

Licorice Root

Licorice has been said to originate from Europe and Asia. This sweet tasting tea has been used for medicinal purposes to treat canker sores, acid reflux and digestive problems, sore throat and even to reduce body fat.

Lemongrass

Cymbopogon. With it’s distinct lemony taste, lemongrass tea has been used for the purpose of aiding digestion and reducing high blood pressure.

Lavender

Lavandula. Tea made from the fragrant Mediterranean shrub, Lavender is said to help reduce stress.

Ginger Root

Zingiber officinale. Ginger root tea is known as a slightly spicy, warming tea. It is believed to have numerous beneficial health properties including aiding digestion, increasing circulation and lowering high blood pressure.

Chrysanthemum

C. morifolium. Yellow or white chrysanthemum flowers are boiled to make a sweet drink in some parts of Asia. The resulting beverage is known simply as chrysanthemum tea. It has numerous health benefits such as being a stress and anxiety reducer.

Tulsi Holy Basil

Ocimum tenuiflorum. Tulsi or Holy Basil is widely known across South Asia as a medicinal plant and an herbal tea, commonly used in Ayurveda for its diverse healing properties. Tulsi is considered to be an adaptogen, balancing different processes in the body, and helpful for adapting to stress. Marked by its strong aroma and astringent taste, it is regarded in Ayurveda as a kind of “elixir of life” and believed to promote longevity.

Rooibos

Aspalathus linearis. The leaves are used to make a tisane called Rooibos, bush tea (esp. Southern Africa), or simply rooibos. The product has been popular in Southern Africa for generations and is now consumed in many countries. In South Africa, it is common to prepare rooibos tea in the same manner as black tea and add milk and sugar to taste. Other methods include a slice of lemon and using honey instead of sugar to sweeten. Rooibos is purported to assist with nervous tension, allergies and digestive problems.

Nettles

Urtica dioica. Nettles tea which has a mild vegetal taste is widely known for it’s beneficial health properties including but not limited to aiding arthritis, kidney stones, menopause, nausea and as an immunity booster.

Rose Petals

Rosa Rugosa. Rose petal tea, high is vitamins, has been used as a healthy detox, circulation booster, digestive system aid and as a pain reliever. Its aroma of roses is considered soothing as a reliever of stress.

Chaga

Inonotus obliquus. In Russia, Chaga is traditionally grated into a fine powder and used to brew a beverage resembling coffee or tea. Chaga has been used as a folk remedy in Russia and Siberia since the 16th century. Laboratory studies on extract of chaga mushroom has indicated possible future potential in cancer therapy, as an antioxidant, in immunotherapy, and as an anti-inflammatory.

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