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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 Pebermynte Urtete (Nr. 252)

One-litre pot at home, made from finely chopped leaves of peppermint. Pours nearly clear darkish brown (against white china). Clear aroma of, well, peppermint, but without any aggressive notes, despite the fact that I brewed the tea for 10 minutes. Clean flavour of peppermint - again, not aggressive but definitely undi...

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69 / 100
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Night Time from Pukka

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend
Aug. 31st, 2021

Cup at home, made from a teabag containing a mixture of oat flowering tops, liquorice root, chamomile flower, lavender flower, and lime flower, as well as valerian root and tulsi leaf - all organic. Pours clear straw with no sediment. Clear aroma of valerian and liquorice, with touches of chamomile. Distinct sweetish f...

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94 / 100
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African Solstice from Tea Forte

Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: Blend
Aug. 9th, 2021

I actually tried the loose version of this tea rather than the sachet, but the product page is the same as linked here.

I enjoyed this! I got two good steeps out of it. It has a nice, smooth feeling. It’s definitely a nice flavored rooibos.

Bonus: My son also loved the sunflower on the packaging.

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71 / 100
Picture of Organic Blood Orange Rooibos Herbal Tea Blend

With a name like this, I certainly didn't expect anything but orange flavor. However, this is the rare tea I've tried where the dry-bag, in-cup and wet-bag scents all were *much* stronger on the main flavoring than the actual taste. That's not necessarily a bad thing in this case, as all three modes of inhalation yi...

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77 / 100
Picture of Rooibos Earl Grey (Nr. 814)

One-litre pot at home, made from leaves of rooibos sprinkled with bergamot oil and flavouring. Pours clear darkish copper brown (against white china) with no sediment. Clear aroma of rooibos leaves and bergamot oil. Bitterish and herbal flavour of rooibos leaves, with clear notes of bergamot oil. Smooth palate with an ...

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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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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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Pomegranate Pizzazz® Herbal Tea

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

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