There’s nothing like taking a few minutes each day to do something nice for yourself. It can be very easy to treat yourself in a special way. Here’s a tip that is not only is nice, but has many benefits as well. Infuse yourself with care. Learn how to make a tisane infusion with delicious natural ingredients like mint, ginger and cinnamon.
What is the Difference Between a Tea and a Tisane
The difference between a tea and a tisane is quite simple. Tea comes from specific plants. A tisane is an infusion of a variety of herbs, leaves, spices and flowers.
Tisane varieties and combinations are endless, and can suit your mood or taste. After dinner, I love to make a digestivo, which as you can guess by the Italian name, can help to aid in digestion. As an after dinner drink, one of the most popular choices at GAM GAM Kosher Restaurant is my infusion of mint, ginger and cinnamon stick.
Yet, this tisane is not only a great way to end your meal. This particular blend is also a delicious way to start your day. It’s distinct combination of flavors makes your morning feel like a holiday.
Make It a Special Moment
For the mornings, I have a special mug that I bought when I was traveling with my daughter. In the evenings, I love to use the Richard Ginori tea cups I was gifted by a friend. I also love tea sets with a floral motif. Using a specific cup for your “tisane-time” can genuinely elevate the moment. It’s a reminder that you are taking a time to do something special for yourself. And, making use of a gift, whether from someone else or from yourself, can conjure up good memories.
Aside from taking some time for yourself, a tisane has many physical benfits as well. It can be a great way to avoid caffeine, if that is important to you. Generally speaking, a tisane can be a stress reducer, helping you calm down and unwind after a hard day. It’s relaxing qualities can also help induce sleep. You work so hard. You deserve it!
Tisane Your Way!
Whatever your taste palate, there is something for you. When it comes to nature, there is no limit. Aside from my go-to tisane mentioned here, other popular choices to create your own infusion are: lemon, chamomile, dill, lavender, rosemary, thyme, orange peels, cardamom and even edible flowers such as pansies.
Whatever the time of year, there are always great ingredients to be found to make a delicious tisane, and it’s always in season to take care of yourself. So, don’t hesitate. In fact, make it a priority to do (at least) one more thing beneficial to your physical health. After all, our physical bodies protect our souls. So nourish yourself physically, so you will have the calm and strength to nourish yourself spiritually.
Tisane of Mint, Ginger and Cinnamon
- Boil water
- Add mint, ginger and cinnamon stick to suit your taste to a tea pot
- Cover with the boiling water
- Steep for a few minutes
- Drink as is or add your favorite sweetener, like honey.
I first drank the ginger mint and cinnamon tisane at Gam Gam – best food I ate in all of Italy – and have continued to drink it 3 years later at home in Geelong, Australia.
Hello Robyn! It is so great to hear from you and I am so happy that you have a little taste of GAM GAM with you even now. xo