The word had already existed in late Middle English in the sense of "medicinal drink" and had already been borrowed from French which came from the Ancient Greek word which meant pearl barley, and a drink made from this that is similar to modern barley water.
What we understand in the modern world-the word “tisane” refers to any plant parts, excluding tea plants, that are used in conjunction with hot water, to make a hot beverage. This brewed beverage term once referred to brews that were medicinal, but that is no longer the case. Technically, “tea” refers to the tea plant camellia sinensis.
Tisanes are generally caffeine-free, unlike drinks made from the tea plant. All of our tisanes are free of caffeine because their ingredients, like blueberries, strawberries, and rooibos don’t contain caffeine.
Rooibos, or red tea, is a plant that tastes a lot like tea but does not have caffeine. People also make tisanes from leaves or spices, like rosemary, cinnamon or peppermint. Another option are tisanes made from fruit, like blueberries, strawberries, apples, kiwis, raisins or elderberries. Flowers like chamomile, hibiscus, rosehips, and apple blossoms also make great tisanes. we even have a tea with hops in it (no alcohol, sorry). Basically, if you can make a drink out of a plant by steeping it in hot water and that plant isn’t camellia sinsensis or coffee, it’s a tisane or herbal tea.
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