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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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Peppermint from Trader Joe's

Style: Peppermint Tea – Region: ?????
Sep. 24th, 2018

Come on, Trader Joe's! What's the deal here? It's fantastically difficult to mess up peppermint and you came closer to doing so than any I've tried yet. The very low price (beaten in my experience only by Wal-Mart's store brand and Carrington, both noticeably higher-quality) is the only thing that saves this rating ...

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71 / 100
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Vanilla Chai from Pukka

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend
Sep. 13th, 2018

Here's a herbal tea that doesn't smell or taste quite like one surmises based on ingredients, but is reasonably enjoyable. I wouldn't pay any more than sale price for it, though!

This came via a discount at Sprouts for a 20-bag box, with each bag sealed in a waxed paper pouch. This is the first steeped beverage ca...

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66 / 100
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Golden Chamomile from Revolution Tea

Style: Chamomile Blend – Region: Blend
Aug. 20th, 2018

I found this one hard to rate, and get the sense drinkers will fall into one of three main camps:
* Like it!
* Yuck, pour it out now! or...
* What did I just drink?

My reaction is a mix of the first and last bullets. The tea is a puzzle. It does different things to different senses at different times, which...

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63 / 100
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Misty Mint from Farmer Brothers

Style: Mint Tea – Region: Blend
Aug. 4th, 2018

The ingredients list only states peppermint, lemongrass and spearmint. So why do I smell and taste a dab of black pepper in this? Personally, I'm not complaining; spicy teas appeal to me. Yet I wonder if this sensation stems from a systematic characteristic of how one of the listed ingredients is grown or processed,...

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80 / 100
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Good Hope Vanilla Red Tea from Republic of Tea

Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: ?????
Jul. 28th, 2018

It smells amazing, it is good on its own but you can add milk or sugar. A robust red with a strong taste feels warm on the aftertaste.

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Black Cherry Berry Herb Tea

Brand:Celestial Seasonings
Style:Fruit (Herbal) Tea
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Teabag
86
14 Ratings
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Sleepytime® Herbal Tea

Brand:Celestial Seasonings
Style:Herbal Tea
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Teabag
77
14 Ratings
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Country Peach Passion® Herbal Tea

Brand:Celestial Seasonings
Style:Fruit (Herbal) Tea
Region:?????
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Teabag
86
13 Ratings
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Passion Filterbag

Brand:Tazo Tea
Style:Herbal Tea
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Sachet
48
13 Ratings
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Raspberry Zinger® Herbal Tea

Brand:Celestial Seasonings
Style:Fruit (Herbal) Tea
Region:?????
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Teabag
89
13 Ratings

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Chamomile Lemon (Sweet Meadows)

Brand:Numi Organic Tea
Style:Chamomile Blend
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Teabag
100
3 Ratings
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Holy Basil Purple Leaf

Brand:Upton Tea Imports
Style:Tulsi / Holy Basil
Region:India
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Loose
98
5 Ratings
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Pineapple Kona Pop Herbal Tea

Brand:Teavana
Style:Herbal Tea
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
96
4 Ratings
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Pomegranate Pizzazz® Herbal Tea

Brand:Bigelow Tea
Style:Fruit (Herbal) Tea
Region:?????
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Teabag
94
3 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
93
4 Ratings

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