Thursday, August 05, 2010

An introduction to herbal tea: flavor

Okay, in the last post I introduced you to the beneficial tea powers of numerous common herbs. There's a lot of power in that knowledge, but what good is power if you don't enjoy it? True, most of those herbs I listed taste good on their own, but when blended with other herbs picked specifically for flavor something really awesome occurs: healthy pleasure! Those two words are rarely placed together, but in this case it's true. So, on with the tastes of tea!

SWEET
Anise
Licorice
Stevia leaves
Vanilla beans
Yaupon holly leaves
Blackberry/Dewberry leaves
Raspberry leaves
Apple fruit
Peach fruit
Strawberry leaves

SPICY
Allspice
Cardamon
Cinnamon
Coriander
Fenugreek
Ginger
Yerba Santa

MINT
Spearmint
Peppermint
Wintergreen
Catnip
Violet
Basil

FLORAL
Chamomile leaves & flowers
Elderberry flowers
Jasmine flowers
Lavender flowers
Basswood/Linden flowers
Clover (white & red)
Rose flowers

CITRUS*
Beebalm/Lemon balm
Lemongrass
Lemon peel
Orange peel
Lime peel

LICORICE
Anise
Fennel
Licorice
Star Anise
Goldenrod leaves & flowers

TART
Rose hips
Turk's cap flowers
Hibiscus flowers
Dock leaves
Sorrel leaves

EARTHY/ROOTY
Dandelion root
Burdock root
Ginseng root
Chicory root

RESIN
Rosemary
Pine needles
Birch leaves

BITTER
Chicory root
Dandelion root
Yarrow leaves & flowers
Willow twigs

ARBORACEOUS
Sarsaparilla roots
Birch leaves
Ginseng roots
Sassafras roots
Burdock root
Echinacea flowers
Ephedra bark & twigs

*Warning: the peel of store-bought citrus fruit may have been treated with fungicides or other potentially toxic compounds. Wash them thoroughly before use or purchase organically grown fruits.

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