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Tisane Tea

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Tisane simply means herbal tea. In Europe, especially in and around the Mediterranean, women like to come up with their own "formula" from their herb gardens or as my Zia from Naples does, from her balcony!  The herbs are dried and placed in jars to be enjoyed during the cold winter evenings as a digestivo (digestive aid) after dinner. Below is my own "formula" but I am constantly playing with it as I add new herbs to my  garden,  if you don't have a garden you can still make this using fresh herbs you get from any health-food store such as Whole Foods. I also list some herbs and their main uses as a guide to help you create your own Family's Tisane!
Ingredients
Lavender Flowers
Mint Leaves
Basil leaves
Rosemary Sprig
Directions
Dry the leaves and flowers by placing on a rack on a sheet pan and leaving in an oven with the pilot light on over night.
Grind in a coffee grinder and store in a jar with a lid. This will keep for several months!
Prepare Tea
Place 1 teaspoon in a cup and pour boiling hot water over.Allow it to steep for 3-5 minutes. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve. Add a bit of honey to bring out the many nuances of each individual herb. I like to drink this tea cold in the summer months.
Fresh Tisane Tea
I also like to prepare fresh herbal tea when the herbs are in bloom. Just choose your favorite herbs and place in a pot, add water and bring to a boil. Steep for 5 minutes, strain, and enjoy hot or add ice and drink it cold!
Herbs and Some of Their Uses:
All herbs have numerous vitamins and minerals so really any combination is good for you. If you would like more info on herbs see here: Herb Uses.
Lavender- Migraines, Nausea, Cancer, Sweat inducing which causes a cooling effect, and the scent is very Calming . I like to drink this before my walk on a hot day as I can literally feel myself cooling off!
Lemon Balm- Very Calming, Tumors, and is an Antihistamine.
Rosemary- Headaches, Menstrual Cramps, Circulation, and one of the highest in antioxidants!
Sage- Digestive, Sore throats, and has an Estrogen effect making it great for Menopause.
Mint- Nausea and upset stomach, Colds Cough & fever. The nuns at my Catholic School used to give us peppermint oil for tummy aches and as a child I had more than my share of  "tummy aches" just to get a sip of that sweet cool syrup!
Basil- Rich in vitamins A & C and high in antioxidants.

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