So, is herbal tea a tea? Yes and no. Herbal
teas are not made from the tea plant, also called the Camellia sinensis. Herbal tea is
made from various plants, herbs, flowers, and such, but not from the tea plant. It is
produced in the dry state the same way, and you make it, brew it, the same way you would
brew a cup of tea. Here are some examples. We have the rooibos. I categorize it by itself,
because it’s health benefits are massive. The rooibos is indigenous to South Africa.
This is Yerba Mate, it’s one of the very few herbs that is caffeinated, so I can safely
say, almost all herbs, herbal teas, are caffeine free, such as chrysanthemum, or chamomile,
or peppermint. But the Yerba Mate plant is highly caffeinated. So if you’re expecting,
don’t drink Yerba Mate, and if you have problems with sleeping, stay away from Yerba Mate.
The camille is a typical one. There’s the ginger. These are not made from the tea plants.
You don’t have to worry about caffeine, and you also don’t have to worry about brewing
methods. These are very easy to make, and you can’t go wrong.