What is herbal tea?

Herbal tea is a drink made from steeping or boiling herbs. There is no actual β€˜tea’ in it. To be called true tea, there must be some Camellia sinensis plant in the brew, and herbal teas do not contain any. Additional names for herbal teas are tisanes, botanicals or herbal infusions. These names aim to remove the confusion that herbal tea contains tea. But, many cultures use herbal teas in the same unifying, explorative way that they use true tea, so we still consider it a category worth respecting. Unlike tea from the Camellia sinensis plant, herbal teas contain no caffeine.

Herbal teas are named after the plants used in the blend. There is a wide range of plants that can be dried and infused into herbal tea; such as leaves, roots, fruits, spices, bark, stems and flowers. Some popular herbal teas are peppermint, chamomile, ginger, lemongrass, rose, hibiscus, rooibos and yerba mate. There are many medicinal benefits linked to herbal teas.