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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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Chamomile (Sachet) from Harney and Sons

Style: Pure Chamomile Tea – Region: Egypt
Jan. 3rd, 2021

The only other reviews so far give it 90 and a 100 points, so it looks like this is a contrasting view. I found it to be both a little bitter and bland, without much floral flavor or aroma. I got a sachet of this as a freebie with another order, so they may have been giving away some out-of-date product.

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80 / 100

Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait from DAVIDsTEA

Style: Hibiscus Tea – Region: ?????
Dec. 29th, 2020

Prep: 200F, 5min

Aroma: I really don’t know how they do it but they are a master of creating blends. This smells like a strawberry rhubarb pie in the best way. The souring notes of the rhubarb pop so well. 9/1

Flavor: There is a really nice fruit balance to this and the hibiscus body Balances out very well. ...

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80 / 100

Honeybush Blueberry Pancake from Adagio Teas

Style: Honeybush – Region: South Africa
Dec. 28th, 2020

Prep: 212F, 5min, 2tsp, 8oz

Aroma: I think they nailed the blueberry pancake notes. This is very dessert focused. 8/10

Flavor: Not as bold on the blueberry as expected but a very enjoyable treat. 8/10

Body: Medium to medium plus 8/10

Value: Another adagio cost effective option. 8/10

Overall: I’m very ...

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68 / 100

Magic Potion from DAVIDsTEA

Style: Fruit (Herbal) Tea – Region: ?????
Dec. 27th, 2020

Pre: 200F, 5min, 2.5tsp, 16oz

Aroma: I can’t tell if this is the purple color of the liquid or if I’m really getting this much blueberry and blue raspberry. Either way, it’s fruity. 8/10

Flavor: This tastes like blue raspberry as well. I’m not sure if I’m as big of a fan of that for a dominant flavor b...

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80 / 100

Honeybush Pumpkin Chai from Adagio Teas

Style: Honeybush – Region: South Africa
Dec. 26th, 2020

Prep: 212F, 10min, 2tsp, 12oz

Aroma: This smells quite similar to the pumpkin spice black tea that I had yesterday. Very spicy notes of cinnamon. 8/10

Flavor: This is not quite as bold as the nose but there is plenty of spices jumping around the palate. Chai spices tend to be too much for Rooibos but this honeyb...

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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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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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Passion Filterbag

Brand:Tazo Tea
Style:Herbal Tea
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Sachet
12
15 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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Raspberry Zinger® Herbal Tea

Brand:Celestial Seasonings
Style:Fruit (Herbal) Tea
Region:?????
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Teabag
72
14 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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Magic Summer Organic Tea

Brand:Organic Herbie
Style:Fruit Rooibos
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Loose
99
5 Ratings
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Chamomile (Sachet)

Brand:Harney and Sons
Style:Pure Chamomile Tea
Region:Egypt
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Sachet
98
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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