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Last Updated: Jan. 18, 2017 

About Herbal Tea

Flowers and citrus peel steeping as a dark brown herbal tea in a white cupChinese Herbal Tea Blend, Flowers and Citrus Peel, Crop of photo © Antonio Foncubierta, CC BY-SA 2.0.
Herbal tea, 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 (Camelia sinensis). 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 and chamomile. 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.

Rooibos and honeybush 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.

Caffeine

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.

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Picture of Well Rested Herbal Tea (Formerly Bed Time Tea)

The title says that the herbal tea is well rested. Therefore I hope it conveys some of that placid nature to me as well. ;-)

In the meantime before bedtime, I did the usual dry-bag and in-cup sniffing prior to first chug, and generally was pleased at the result. While not intense, it was stronger and more balanc...

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72 / 100
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Original Yogi Tea from Yogi Tea

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend
Nov. 7th, 2018

Perusing the ingredients label, I expected a cinnamon-heavy chai without actual tea, and that's pretty much what this delivered at every level. The list of components is astoundingly short for a Yogi blend at 6 (organic) ingredients: cinnamon bark, ginger root, cardamom pod, clove bud, black pepper, and cinnamon oil....

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56 / 100
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Peppermint Herbal Tea from Chado High Tea

Style: Peppermint Tea – Region: ?????
Nov. 5th, 2018

Finally, after three decidedly lame ones in a row, I try a new peppermint tea that rates (barely) above the speed Sammy Hagar can't drive. I hope this upward trend continues with future peppermint teas, as this is an herb I dearly love.

Opening the wrapper released a pleasant puff of peppermint aroma, more than eve...

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38 / 100
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Peppermint from Vermont Artisan Coffee & Tea Co

Style: Peppermint Tea – Region: ?????
Nov. 2nd, 2018

This is my third consecutive "no bueno" on trying a new peppermint tea. It's about time to return to some old standbys, in order to re-familiarize with what peppermint should be!

The dry-leaf photo from their website is a little misleading, in that the sachet contained considerably more stem pieces—some quite l...

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73 / 100
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Nana Mint with Ginger and Lemon from Wissotzky

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend
Nov. 2nd, 2018

The tea's aroma is an almost equal balance of spearmint ("Nana Mint") and ginger. The mint is of good quality, with no stems apparent and no off flavors that are sometimes apparent in cheaper mint teas. Unfortunately, Wissotzky seems to have decided that all of their herbal teas, including this one, need to be sweetene...

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Sleepytime® Herbal Tea

Brand:Celestial Seasonings
Style:Chamomile Blend
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Teabag
11
14 Ratings
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Black Cherry Berry Herb Tea

Brand:Celestial Seasonings
Style:Fruit (Herbal) Tea
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Teabag
36
14 Ratings
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Passion Filterbag

Brand:Tazo Tea
Style:Herbal Tea
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Sachet
21
13 Ratings
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Honey Vanilla Chamomile

Brand:Celestial Seasonings
Style:Chamomile Blend
Region:?????
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Teabag
37
13 Ratings
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Country Peach Passion® Herbal Tea

Brand:Celestial Seasonings
Style:Fruit (Herbal) Tea
Region:?????
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Teabag
36
13 Ratings

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Pomegranate Pizzazz® Herbal Tea

Brand:Bigelow Tea
Style:Fruit (Herbal) Tea
Region:?????
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Teabag
90
3 Ratings
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Chamomile Herbal Tea

Brand:Stash Tea
Style:Pure Chamomile Tea
Region:Egypt
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Teabag
89
3 Ratings
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Magic Summer Organic Tea

Brand:Organic Herbie
Style:Fruit Rooibos
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Loose
86
5 Ratings
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Holy Basil Purple Leaf

Brand:Upton Tea Imports
Style:Tulsi / Holy Basil
Region:India
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Loose
85
5 Ratings
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Cinnamon Apple Spice Herbal Tea

Brand:Celestial Seasonings
Style:Herbal Tea
Region:?????
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Teabag
80
7 Ratings

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