Tea is made from the leaves of a bush called Camellia sinensis. To make black tea, those leaves are oxidized to turn them a dark brownish-black color. This tea is full of antioxidants to protect your cells. An amino acid found in black tea is said to increase concentration and relaxation. It has also been shown to reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol when consumed in moderate amounts on a regular basis.
Rooibos (pronounced roy-boss) is a shrub-like bush with needle-like leaves found in the small mountainous area of Cederberg in South Africa. Rooibos is rich in minerals such as iron, calcium, potassium, copper, manganese, zinc, and magnesium. Good for headaches, insomnia, asthma, cell repair, inflammation, and much more. It is sometimes touted as the tea that keeps you young. Additional benefits are often absorbed from the fruit, herbs, and nuts that are typically found in this type of tea.
Tisanes (French for herbal infusion) do not actually contain tea leaves. but rather fruit, flowers, and herbs. Perfect for those who are caffeine sensitive as these blends contain none. Health benefits are determined by the individual ingredients of each blend. Rose hips can reduce symptoms of arthritis, repair cells, lower cholesterol, and more. Hibiscus can improve blood pressure and inflammation. Fruits and nuts are also beneficial when consumed in this brew.