Herbal TeaWikipedia: Herbal_tea | Teaviews: herbal-tea
Updated: Jan. 18, 2017
About Herbal Tea
Herbal teas can be made out of many parts of plants; pictured here is a Chinese blend made of flowers and citrus rind. (Crop of) photo by Antonio Foncubierta
, CC BY-SA 2.0
, also called herb tea
or a tisane
, or less commonly, an herbal infusion
, is a drink made by infusing the parts of a plant with water, usually hot water. Herbal teas are extremely diverse (arguably more so than proper tea) as they encompass any infusions that do not contain the tea plant
). Blends containing the tea plant together with other plants are classified as flavored teas
Some of the most popular ingredients in herbal teas include mint
. Both of these herbs are frequently consumed as teas on their own, or blended into herbal tea blends. Fruit and spices are also common ingredients in herbal teas.
are two plants that, while they do not contain caffeine, are often compared to the tea plant, and which have generated traditions paralleling that of tea drinking.
Most herbal teas are caffeine free, although there are a few plants other than the tea plant which contain caffeine, including yerba maté
and the yaupon holly
. Cocoa, an occasional ingredient in herbal teas, also contains small amounts of caffeine. A more comprehensive discussion of this topic can be found on our page on herbal teas containing caffeine
Wellness & medicinal teas
Some herbal teas are used primarily for medicinal purposes; RateTea classifies these as wellness teas
and reserves this category for teas that are viewed primarily as a beverage--although many do have health benefits and other health effects.
Varieties, Kinds, or Types of Herbal Tea
Best Herbal Tea
The notion of the "best" Herbal Tea is subjective, because different people have different tastes. We present the most often-rated and highest-rated teas in this category, and allow you to draw your own conclusions.
Most Often-Rated Teas