The first thing to say at the very outset is that we are not herbalists, and that all our herbal blends are actually well known combinations of herbs. We also advise shop customers to do their own research regarding herbs and plants that may help them, and we can then supply. Herbs must be used with respect, and you should always check what they do against your own health needs and issues. Herbs and plants are the origin of many, if not most of the medicines we get from the doctor, so please check first. Again, we are NOT herbalists, which is why we don’t tell you what things are for.
There are herbs and plants that we are regularly asked for, which have extremely powerful effects, and often effects additional to that which the customer asks for originally, some of which are surprising, as people assume that these plants are benevolent and ‘safe’.
We do however have a huge range of herbs, spices, florals and other botanicals in the shop’s back room, and one of the most fun aspects of the shop is the creation of new blends.
Herbal and botanical ‘teas’ are not technically teas, as they don’t come from the Camellia Sinensis plant, so they are tisanes, and there are many types of tisane.
Leaf Tisanes include lemongrass, mint, verbena, nettle
Floral tisanes include rose, chamomile, lavender, hibiscus
Bark tisanes include cinnamon, white willow
Root tisanes include valerian, ginger, liquorice
Berry tisanes include elderberries, rosehip, strawberry, raspberry
Seed tisanes include spices such as cardamom, coriander, fennel
So as you see, there are very many.
Most of these are brewed using boiling water, but the time needed to brew them varies, seeds and roots requiring the longest brew time to extract the flavour.