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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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Pear (No. 1413) from TeaGschwendner

Style: Fruit (Herbal) Tea – Region: Blend
Sep. 26th, 2020

Half-litre pot at home, made from a truly impressive mixture of dried pieces of pear and apple, hibiscus, safflower and calendula blossom, sweet blackberry leaves, rosehip shells, lemon balm, and vanilla - not a single leaf of tea, though. Pours clear amber (against white china) with no sediment. Intense aroma of vanil...

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69 / 100
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Cup at home, made from a mixture of pieces of sweet liquorice root and dried apple, lemongrass and dried peppermint leaves - not a single tea leaf in it. Pours clear darkish straw (against transparent glass) with negligible sediment. Clear aroma of liquorice, with notes of lemongrass and touches of fruit and peppermint...

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70 / 100

Half-litre pot at home, made from a mixture of predominantly red but also green rooibos leaves and dried strawberries, figs and some other fruit (there is no description of the tea on the company's website yet). Pours clear reddish copper brown (against white china), with no sediment. Clear aroma of rooibos leaves, wit...

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80 / 100

One-litre pot at home, made from a mixture of dried acreola cherries, apples and figs, lemongrass, hibiscus, and pieces of pumpkin and carrot as well as blackberry leaves, peony blossom, and cloves - a truly fascinating tea-free blend emitting a gorgeous scent. Pours slightly hazy greenish brown (against white china) w...

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59 / 100
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Mint Magic® Herbal Tea from Celestial Seasonings

Style: Mint Tea – Region: ?????
Aug. 23rd, 2020

This is the first tea review I can blame or credit directly to the ongoing coronavirus. We were having Sprouts groceries plucked from within and brought curbside⁠—an activity not undertaken before this pandemic⁠—and the Instacart shopper either mistakenly got "Mint Magic" instead of the peppermint tea I ordere...

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True Blueberry® Herbal Tea

Brand:Celestial Seasonings
Style:Fruit (Herbal) Tea
Region:?????
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Teabag
26
16 Ratings
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Passion Filterbag

Brand:Tazo Tea
Style:Herbal Tea
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Sachet
12
15 Ratings
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Black Cherry Berry Herb Tea

Brand:Celestial Seasonings
Style:Fruit (Herbal) Tea
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Teabag
70
15 Ratings
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Raspberry Zinger® Herbal Tea

Brand:Celestial Seasonings
Style:Fruit (Herbal) Tea
Region:?????
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Teabag
72
14 Ratings
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Sleepytime® Herbal Tea

Brand:Celestial Seasonings
Style:Chamomile Blend
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Teabag
53
14 Ratings

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Chamomile Lemon (Sweet Meadows)

Brand:Numi Organic Tea
Style:Chamomile Blend
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Teabag
99
3 Ratings
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Magic Summer Organic Tea

Brand:Organic Herbie
Style:Fruit Rooibos
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Loose
99
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
99
5 Ratings
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Pineapple Kona Pop Herbal Tea

Brand:Teavana
Style:Herbal Tea
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
95
4 Ratings
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Pomegranate Pizzazz® Herbal Tea

Brand:Bigelow Tea
Style:Fruit (Herbal) Tea
Region:?????
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Teabag
91
5 Ratings

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