Herbal Tea is not officially a tea, as it does not derive from the Camellia sinensis plant, but is instead an infusion or blend of leaves, fruits, bark, roots, or flowers of almost any edible, non-tea plant. The most common herbal teas are chamomile tea, hibiscus tea, peppermint tea, yerba maté, and red rooibos tea. In Europe, herb teas or blends are commonly known as tisanes.
Herbal teas have been around as long as time, with our ancient ancestors making infusions of the plants, roots, and herbs they saw around them. Documentation on herbal teas goes back as far as ancient Egypt and China, describing the medicinal use of drinking these herbal concoctions. This practice continues today with the use of herbal teas to support a healthy mind and body.
Most herbal teas are caffeine free; however some herbs, such as Maté Latte®, contain caffeine.
Herbal tea benefits are as numerous as there are herbs. The health benefit of the tea is dependent on the plant, root, or herb being used. Chamomile tea is known for its calming effect; hibiscus tea is known to keep blood pressure balanced; and rooibos tea is known for its antioxidants. Ginger tea, ginseng, turmeric tea, cinnamon, holy basil tea, rosehip tea and ginkgo biloba are examples of other varieties, each having their own, unique health benefits.
If you have any questions about specific herbs, it is best to consult with your doctor before sipping.
How to Steep
Steeping herbal tea is easy. Simply heat fresh, filtered water to a rolling boil, then pour water over tea and steep for 5-7 minutes.
Herbal tea can be used to make a variety of recipes including spritzers, cookies, puddings, and cookies. A favorite herbal tea recipe is our Orange Ginger Mint Pick-Me-Up.