Top 5 Herbal Infusions (aka “Herbal Teas”)

There is a lot of concern these days over caffeine and about drinking something that will help this ailment or that ailment or make your hair shinier, your skin glow, and other such beneficial effects. Several herbals have come to the forefront, mainly through the constant marketing of them as miracle cures. But some of …

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5 Herbal Infusions I Would Like to Explore More

Hearing things mentioned or coming across them online or in stores can catch my interest and get me in the mood to explore them more, such as these herbal infusions:1 Yerba MateThis South American plant has become something of a trendy beverage in many Western countries, renowned for its coffee-like ability to wake you up, …

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Yerba Mate Revisited

If you and I lived in certain parts of South America, there would be no need for me to explain yerba mate to you. Since I definitely don't live there and you, the reader, probably don't, I should point out that yerba mate is best described as an herbal beverage that's wildly popular in many …

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Other Types of “Tea”

For many of us, tea is a word that can be tossed around rather loosely, in the sense that it can be used to describe a wide variety of leafy plant matter that’s typically prepared by steeping it in hot water. In the strictest sense of the word, however, as any self-respecting nitpicker will be …

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Offbeat Teas and Tisanes

As we’ve noted here before, what type of tea you drink probably has a lot to do with where you were born and what type of culture you grew up in. If you’re from the United States there’s a good chance that you don’t drink tea. If you’re from the United Kingdom, you probably like …

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Review — Tiger Wing ChocoMint Mate

Name: ChocoMint Brand: Tiger Wing Type: Black tea / yerba mate blend Form: Paper bagged tea, individually wrapped Review: So what if it’s in a paper tea bag? This stuff is tasty! Plus, its a chocolate fix in a convenient, virtually calorie-free form. What’s not to love? For those of you not in the know, …

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An Introduction to Guayusa

If you strive to keep on the cutting edge of what we might call herbal beverages, for lack of a better term, then you may already know about Ilex guayusa, which is more commonly known as Guayusa. If not, then it’s time for a brief introduction. Those who keep tabs on this sort of thing …

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Why Tea II?

What’s your hot beverage of choice? Well, that probably depends. In most cases it’s likely to be an accident of birth, for lack of a better term. If you live in the United States odds are good that you’re going to be a coffee drinker. If you hail from the United Kingdom and assorted and …

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Yerba Mate & Cholesterol

It's probably a bit of an overstatement to say that yerba mate is taking North America by storm. But this popular herbal beverage has been making inroads in this part of the world in recent years and its popularity shows no sign of abating. In some parts of South America, however, yerba mate is as …

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Yerba Mate and Health

In many parts of South America a beverage called yerba mate is as popular as coffee is in North America, if not more so. Yerba mate is most often prepared in a gourd called a mate and consumed through a filtered metal straw called a bombilla. Lately, yerba mate has begun making inroads in other …

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