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The history of herbal infusions…

Legend has it that herbal infusions came to exist by virtue of a wonderful accident.

It was 2700 BC in China, and Emperor Shennong (the name literally meaning ‘divine farmer’) was resting under a under a tree and some leaves and twigs fell into his pot of hot water. The mix started steeping, and giving out an alluring fragrance. Drawn by this smell, the Emperor took a sip of the water from the pot and was pleasantly surprised by the benign yet distinct taste of this brew! This fortunate accident has come to be noted in history, as the earliest mention of a herbal infusion.

Throughout his life, emperor Shennong was known to have made improvements to people’s diet, inspired by his passion for wellness. He discovered over 365 different types of medicinal plants and herbs, and made infusions out of many of them. Shennong came to be known as the “God of Chinese Herbal Medicine”, because many of his herbal brews turned out to be antidotes to several kinds of poisons, as well as natural treatments for a number of diseases.

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To continue this ancient tradition, Greek physician and pharmacologist Dioscorides, in his book ‘de materiamedica’ writtenin the 1st century AD, mentioned the potential uses and benefits of nearly 600 herbs when steeped in the form of infusions. The Greek word ‘ptisane’, meaning medicinal drink is believed to be the originated from this text. The modern equivalent of it, is tisane.

The New Trend of Tisanes

Caffeine- free herbal infusions and brews are known as tisanes. They don’t contain regular tea leaves, and are instead created with herbs, roots, spices and flowers of medicinal plants. The first recorded instance of large-scale tisane consumption in the modern world was after the Boston Tea Party, in America. It was a historic event in which people dumped several tonnes of tea in the water, since tea-drinking wasn’t considered patriotic.

Ever since then, researchers have closely studies the properties and benefits of herbal infusions. Health-enthusiasts have begun appreciating infusions, and made them a vital part of their diet; not only because of its many physical benefits, but also the feelings of calmness and mindfulness that it inspires in one’s mindscape.

Health Benefits of herbal infusions

Infusions are a blessing in disguise because they are completely caffeine-free. After switching to tisanes, people have been able to overrule the many disastrous effects of caffeine in their lives.

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They have felt generally more refreshed, and been able to improve conditions of restless and jittery sleep. Chamomile works perfectly for this. Basil causes enhanced mental alertness; lavender significantly reduces feelings of stress and anxiety.  Turmeric ensures better heart health and delayed ageing, while ginger provides greater immunity and relief against cough and cold. These are only some of the many benefits that will come naturally to your system, all thanks to the magical goodness of our infusions.

A mystery of history, trust us when we say, sip by sip, you can drive the negativity away!