On any given evening, you will find me cozied into a favorite armchair after a day of writing that would have also included a couple of walks with my pups and enjoying a good homemade meal. Ready to relax and unwind, I will grab a book or a newspaper or a magazine, a dark chocolate truffle and pour myself a hot cup of tisane.
Tisane, also referred to as herbal tea, is just as it sounds, made from a mixture of herbs and sometimes spices, and are always decaffeinated which is why many enjoy tisane in the evenings (however, did you know that the caffeine in coffee is absorbed by the body differently than tea which is why tea has a different effect? Yep, “tea releases the stimulant into our bodies at a slower pace because it contains the amino acid L-Theanine, which also produces a calming effect in addition to stimulating concentration and clear thinking”). Which is to say, enjoy tisane tea any time of the day. In fact, I cannot help but picture Hercule Poirot, or more specifically David Suchet’s Poirot and his regular sipping of tisane in his signature metal glass holder to stimulate his ‘little grey cells’.
The health benefits are vast for tea in general, but specifically when we enjoy tisane, filled with antioxidants as other teas are, the free radical–fighting capabilities are a health benefit. “These antioxidants reduce oxidation in the body (caused by environmental aggressors such as UV rays, pollution, cigarette smoke and pesticides) and combat the aging of our organs, including our skin”. And when you drink chamomile tea, it contains “a mild nervous system sedative and reduces inflammation in the body”. Below are a few more benefits:
- Any herb that is bitter or has a bitter taste, such as milk thistle and dandelion, “promote detoxification and help reduce cravings for sugar and fat”
- Ginger – the root itself, was reported by Harvard “has been shown to boost the immune system and combat inflammation. A recent systematic review of ginger’s effects on human health supports its ability to help treat a range of ailments, such as gastrointestinal function, pain, inflammation, metabolic syndromes, and more.”
- Discover 10 more benefits here in a detailed post written a couple of years ago.
There are many more benefits that tea makers have been working on to target specific health benefits, so have fun exploring and tailoring your tisane to your lifestyle.
My favorite tisane is made by French tea maker Palais des Thés, L’Herboriste No. 74 (shown in the photo above). Containing lime flower, chamomile, and orange blossom, it is to my preference as I want a savory, rather than sweet tea, but with a lovely subtle scent. You can explore all of Palais des Thés tisane varietals here, of which there are many different combinations.
~Explore all of Palais des Thés’ L’Herboriste varietals
Whichever you choose, I do wish you many relaxing moments savoring your ritual whether in the evening or any time of day. Explore more ideas for evening rituals here.
Palais des Thés’ Tisanes were the Petit Plaisir for episode #353 of The Simple Sophisticate podcast, A Stress-Reducing Year-Round Schedule for House Cleaning and Maintenance for a Small Household
~Explore more Petit Plaisirs here in TSLL’s Archives.
8 thoughts on “Tisane: Palais des Thés, L’Herboriste No. 74 — petit plaisir #353”
I’m going to have to try that tea. I’ve had lime in one other tea (black with blackberry & cranberry) and really enjoyed the zing. Sadly, I’ve discovered my beloved black teas are causing heartburn…but am turning my attention to herbals now, since not having a cuppa is NOT an option!! Thanks for the recommendation. I also have a lavender chamomile I love.
I think you will enjoy the quality of their teas. As someone who is a devoted black tea fan, I didn’t think I would like tisanes, but I adore the subtle and soothing qualities. Once I have the varietal that suited my taste – no sweetness for me – I deeply savor this particular tea and new evening ritual. Enjoy exploring their options. Reasonably priced and ship from New Jersey, but it is a French company and they know how to make great teas. 😌☕️🫖
Oh, just checked out the site, have you tried the thyme mandarin rosemary? That one has me intrigued, as well.
I have not tried that one, but I too am intrigued! Love rosemary and its savory component. ☺️
Just ordered No. 74, hahaha, I don’t mess around once I get fixated! Considered the Thyme one but it contains fennel and I thought that might overpower everything else…. I also steer clear of mint, since it does the same thing. Kind of hard to find a mint-free herbal…
Excited to get! Will toast you with my first cuppa.
Wonderful to hear! I agree on both points of the fennel and mint. I do hope You enjoy! Let me know! ☺️☕️🫖
It’s here, and it’s divine! A nice soothing cup with just the right amount of zing. Oh, and it arrived 2 days after I ordered!
Wonderful, wonderful!! So happy to hear Melissa. Thank you for sharing. xo