Is Herbal Tea Really Tea?
We just opened up our Herbal Shop, and are very excited to be sharing high-quality 100% USDA Certified Organic and Kosher Certified herbs with you to infuse and enjoy! But, there's a lot of discussion around if herbal teas are even teas at all. And if they aren't - what's the difference?
Herbal tea, technically, is NOT true tea. Herbal tea is a drink made from steeping or boiling herbs. To be called true tea, there must be some Camellia sinensis plant in the brew, and herbal teas do not contain any. Any non-caffeinated herbal teas won't actually have tea in it, because the Camellia sinensis leaf always contain at least some traces of caffeine.
Additional names for herbal teas are tisanes, botanicals or herbal infusions. These names aim to remove the confusion that herbal tea contains 'tea'. But, since 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 and celebrating.
Which is why we're all about our Herbal Shop! We want to bring you the best quality herbals and educate ourselves and the community about the health benefits of each herbal blend.
To categorize herbals, they are named after the plants used in the blend. There is a wide range of plants that can be dried and infused into herbal infusions; such as leaves, roots, fruits, spices, bark, stems and flowers. Some popular ones are peppermint, chamomile, ginger, lemongrass, rose, hibiscus, rooibos and yerba mate. There are many medicinal benefits linked to herbal teas, specific to the flower, root or leaf itself.
Are you an herbal tea drinker? What herbal blends would you like to see us sell? Comment below and we'll work on continuing to grow our Herbal Shop with you in mind!