Herbal Tea Definition

Tisanes come in many shapes, sizes and colors
Clockwise from top left, chamomile flowers, lemon verbena leaves, mixed dried fruits/berries, a cocoa nib/spice/rooibos blend and a seed/spice/lemongrass blend. Lindsey Goodwin

Definition: A beverage made from steeping or boiling herbs, or the herbs used to make such a beverage. Unlike actual teas, herbal teas do not come from the camellia Sinensis plant.

True teas include black, green, white, oolong, yellow and puer.

Herbal teas include chamomile, mint, rooibos and the like. It is often easy to grow herbal teas in a garden.

To avoid confusion between teas and herbal teas, alternate terms for "herbal tea" are becoming popular.

These terms include "tisane," "botanical" and "herbal infusion."

Pronunciation: er-bull tea (American English), herb-ull tea (British English)

Also Known As: tisane, herbal infusion, botanical, infusion