Herbal Tea Facts – Learn About Your Favorite Tea
Herbal tea, called tea but technically not! True tea comes from the Camellia sinensis plant. This includes green, black, white, oolong and pu’erh teas. Herbal however refers to any edible root, seed, leaf, fruit or flower that is steeped in hot water!
Herbal teas are also known as tisanes (pronounced “tea-zahns”). These tisanes are caffeine free and range from all types of flavors and tastes.
Continue reading to learn more herbal tea facts!
Tisanes can be dated back to 2737 BC where the first verbal records are dated from China. There are written records that date back to the 3rd century AD also, from China.
Unlike black, green, oolong, pu’erh or white tea, there is no true origin story when it comes to herbal teas. They were very popular amongst the ancient Chinese and Egyptian cultures, predominantly due to their healing properties.
In the ancient Egyptian pyramids, dried peppermint leaves have been discovered. These have even been dated back to 1000 BC! While there is no written evidence as to how these leaves were used, it is known today how peppermint leaves can aid in relieving certain conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, infantile colic, chemo-induced nausea, headaches, stress, and more!
That is just an example of peppermint leaves, but herbal tea ranges all across the board when it comes to plants, roots and spices, each providing their own unique benefits!
If you have read through any of the other articles under “Tea 101” then you will know that the processing of the tea leaves is a major part of determining the final tea product. (Side note: if you have not had a chance to read through those click here to find one that interests you!).
Herbal tea is different. Because herbal tea does NOT come from the Camellia sinensis plant there is no further processing of the root, leaf, flower or spice necessary to enjoy a warm tasty, health filled drink!
These are some of the simplest teas, because you can grow your own favorite plants, boil some water and enjoy! Quick and easy, wouldn’t you agree?
Herbal teas are any tea NOT from the Camellia sinensis plant. That being the case, there are countless varieties and types of herbal teas out there! Below are a few of our favorites in the most popular categories (leaves, roots, barks, fruits, seeds and flowers).
- Peppermint: Delicious and refreshing! This minty tea will relax and destress you after a long days work.
- Rooibos: Comes from the “red bush” in Africa. It is dark and crimson when steeped. Sweet to the taste.
- Sage: A savory taste most known for being used in dishes rather than tea. Delicious and said to ward off evil spirits.
- Eucalyptus: It is remarkable as a cold treatment due to its antimicrobial properties. Tastes very smooth, warming and nurturing.
- Moringa: Countless health benefits in the moringa leaf! (Check out this research to learn more about moringa health benefits). The taste is mild, smooth and unique. Definitely have to taste for yourself!
- Lemon: Another very refreshing and tangy tea! Helps balance the bodies pH and aid in digestion.
- Juniper Berry: Loaded with nutrients! High in Vitamin C, thiamin, niacin, and riboflavin and many minerals like iron, magnesium, potassium and zinc. So much more! Deliciously strong and aromatic.
- Elderberry: One of the best teas when it comes to supporting immunity! High in flavonoids, this tea has a mild tart start with a smooth and sweet finish.
- Blackberry: The smooth and earthy flavored tea is high in micronutrients that will supplement your daily needs!
- Cranberry: Very potent and flavorful! This tea is loaded with Vitamin C and can help fortify the body.
- Chamomile: One of the best teas to unwind and calm down. This tea is known for the perfect sleepy time tea. It has an earthy yet gently sweet taste.
- Hibiscus: Very beautiful to watch steep as it is a dark magenta color. This tea is tart, yet sweet and loaded with Vitamin C.
- Passionflower: Actually a mix of the flower, leaf and root, this tea has a distinct aroma that will calm and relax your soul. The flavor is savory rather than sweet with a sort of light brothy taste.
- Echinacea: This is a flower that has an almost coffee type taste. Great for immunity, this tea is slightly bold and bitter.
- Lavender: Another amazing bedtime tea. This tea will soothe you right to sleep with its wonderful aromas and gentle, mild taste.
- Ginger: If you have ever had fresh ginger, you know it is almost spicy. This tea has countless health benefits, most notably it is great for soothing stomachaches. It pairs wonderfully with lemon and turmeric!
- Turmeric: A vibrant and beautiful golden orange color, this tea has a savory curry like taste! Pairs perfectly with ginger and lemon. Don’t forget to enjoy with black pepper to get the most out of the anti-inflammatory health benefits!
- Ashwaganda: A wonderful adaptogen, this tea is pungent, earthy and almost creamy. It will calm your nerves and build internal strength!
- Licorice: Very aromatic and strong, this tea has a distinct flavor you will not forget!
- Sarsaparilla: If you like root beer, you will love this! Another very distinct taste, this tea when brewed releases Saponins which helps clear the waste formed from our bodies bacteria in our veins and arteries!
- Cinnamon: Another almost spicy flavor, this flavor will remind you of being home for winter! Cinnamon is also excellent at regulating the bodies blood glucose.
- Cat’s Claw: This tea has a gorgeous color to it resembling a beautiful sunset. The flavor is extremely mild and pairs well with almost anything!
- Pau d’Arco: This bold and earthy, yet sweet tea pairs great with lemon or lime. It can aid with yeast infections, arthritis, gut discomfort and more!
- White Oak: This light and refreshing tea is best known for being nutrient dense. It is a high natural source of B12, iron, potassium, cobalt and sulfur.
- Wild Cherry Bark: A bitter, tart and delightful taste that will have you wanting more!
- Anise: Not to be confused with star-anise, this tea is similar in taste to fennel or licorice. It is much smoother and sweeter than licorice and never gets bitter.
- Fennel: Smooth, earthy, full flavored yet not overpowering. This tea will feel intense yet subtle at the same time!
- Fenugreek: A pleasantly spicy and earthy taste, this seed is commonly used in graham masala. This tea is unique and will leave you desiring more!
These are simply a few of the countless herbal teas in the world! If you want to experience any of these or explore more options, check out Buddha Teas herbal tea selection here!
Other Quick Facts
Check out some more herbal tea facts!
- All herbal teas are naturally caffeine free!
- Herbal tea is sometimes the “go-to” for pregnant women. Consult with a doctor prior to trying any tea to ensure you are not harming yourself or the baby!
- Also, check out Earth Mama Organics herbal tea collection here if interested!
- Any tea not from the Camellia sinensis plant is considered herbal.
- Another name for herbal tea is tisanes.
- And so much more!
The Magic of Herbal Tea
Herbal, or tisanes, tea is the steeping of any edible leaf, root, seed, flower, bark, or fruit. These teas, to true tea drinkers, are not considered tea at all considering they do not come from the Camellia sinensis plant.
They were used primarily for their countless health benefits. They aid in sleeping, releaving stress, headaches, stomachaches, and so much!
There are countless varieties, tastes, and flavors that all lend for a different mood. If you want to try some of our favorite herbal teas, click here for Buddha Teas herbal tea selection!
Let us know in the comments below what your favorite tisanes are or if you have any questions!