What Is Herbal Tea

What is herbal tea? Is it really tea? What are the popular flavors? Learn about herbal tea and whether it is the same as black or green tea.

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White cup of herbal tea with lavender stems on the table

What Is Herbal Tea?

The easiest way to define herbal tea is that it is a drink made from infusing herbs, spices, or other parts of a plant in hot water.

Herbal tea is a tisane made from herbs and water. The herbs are usually dried and steeped or can be fresh and placed in a teacup of hot water.

It is not the same thing as black or green tea.

Black or green tea is made from the leaves of a specific plant – the Camellia sinensis. Herbal teas are made from other herbs and plants that are not tea leaves.

Popular Types Of Herbal Tea

Herbal teas are named after the types of plants that are used to make them.

When you think of this hot or cold drink – or try to buy one at the store – these are the most common types you’ll find:

  • Echinacea
  • Chamomile
  • Peppermint
  • Hibiscus
  • Rosehip
  • Thyme
  • Ginger
Glass of herbal tea with lavender

There are lots of tea blends out there too. This is when they take a few different herbs and combine them to give you the most out of their restorative properties.


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What is herbal tea?

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What Is Herbal Tea Good For?

Do you like your tea in a bag or loose leaf?   There are some great benefits of drinking this hot beverage. You can enjoy your tea hot or cold. You can buy or make your own tea too.

You can find the herb plant in the health food store, grocery store or even in your backyard or your local Lowes or Home Depot in the plant section.

The benefits of herbal tea depends on the type you are drinking, since each herb has different benefits for your body.

These are the most common benefits of drinking it:

  • There is no caffeine (yeah)
  • It comes from herbs (many in your backyard)
  • There are health benefits (too many to list)
  • Some can soothe your stomach (like peppermint)
  • It can help you fall asleep at night (like Chamomile)
  • It’s a good detox (milk thistle and dandelion help your kidneys and liver)
  • It’s inexpensive (if you make your own)
6 bins of herbal teas in a store.

What is the best herbal tea for anxiety?

The most common reason people drink it is for relief from anxiety. There are so many different herbs that help to calm your mind and ease your stress.

These are the best teas that will help you with your anxiety:

Do you like herbal tea? Have you found one that you really like? Enjoy this Beginners Guide to Herbal Tea?

What is your favorite tea? Don’t forget to leave me a comment letting me know how you celebrate tea time.

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  1. I love herbal teas! In fact, a couple of my friends and I are putting recipes together so we can start our own tea business at our farmer's market. It has been grand trying different combination out and finding local ingredients/growing our own ingredients. I also look forward to our weekly meetings that I like to call Tea Time, where we talk business, but also uplift and strengthen one another in our other endeavors too! It's so awesome! Thanks for pointing out the many benefits of tea–good selling points to note for our business! Stopping by The SITS Girls!
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    1. How exciting about your tea business. I am drinking an herbal tea right now that is green with pomegranates. I don't think our farmers market has something like that. Best of wishes for your group.

    1. Oh, ginger tea sounds good. I am trying to ween myself off of black tea and working on some herbals right now. I need to grow some more herbs and have fun with it. Thanks for stopping by.

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