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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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Soba-cha Buckwheat Tea from Maeda-en

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: ?????
May. 11th, 2020

I used to love roasted barley tea, but I've since become gluten-free, and barley contains gluten, so I can no longer drink it. I decided to tack this onto an order from Maeda-en because I was hoping that it would be a good substitute.

Now, to give you some perspective on where my review is coming from, I think buckw...

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60 / 100

Half-litre pot at home, made from fine rooibos leaves and tiny pieces of dried mango and sunflower blossom. Pours nearly clear copper brown (against white china) with no sediment. Intense aroma of rooibos leaves, with touches of sunflower and faint hints of mango. Bitterish flavour of rooibos, with notes of sunflower a...

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72 / 100

Rooibush Bær Te (Nr. 137) from Wohlenberg

Style: Fruit Rooibos – Region: ?????
May. 9th, 2020

Half-litre pot at home, made from fine rooibos leaves, dried elderberries and tiny pieces of almond and cinnamon. Pours nearly clear copper brown (against white china) with no sediment. Intense aroma of almonds and elderberries, with notes of rooibos and touches of cinnamon. Sweetish flavour of elderberries and almond,...

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63 / 100
Picture of Organic Rose Hips with Hibiscus

As teas from outfits like Traditional Medicinals go, this one is remarkably simple. It has just these two basic ingredients, rose hips and hibiscus, that form the core of countless fruit- and berry-flavored herbal blends offered by many companies.

As a combination, it seems very well-balanced. There's not much dr...

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90 / 100
Picture of Tangerine Orange Zinger® Herbal Tea

This is a very satisfying tea. It has less of a 'zing' than the Sangria tea or the Red Zinger, making it feel a bit easier on the stomach. The orange/tangerine notes remind me a bit of Tang or an energy drink. I mean this as a compliment, not an insult. It's a very good flavor. I know that this is a blast from the past...

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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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True Blueberry® Herbal Tea

Brand:Celestial Seasonings
Style:Fruit (Herbal) Tea
Region:?????
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Teabag
23
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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Passion Filterbag

Brand:Tazo Tea
Style:Herbal Tea
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Sachet
10
14 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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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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Pineapple Kona Pop Herbal Tea

Brand:Teavana
Style:Herbal Tea
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
95
4 Ratings
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Holy Basil, Rama (Tulsi)

Brand:Mountain Rose Herbs
Style:Tulsi / Holy Basil
Region:United States of America
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Loose
91
4 Ratings

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