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What Exactly Is Herbal Tea?

What Exactly Is Herbal Tea?

Did you know that not all teas are created equal? Herbal tea differs from other varieties of tea in that it technically isn't tea. Even more confused? We'll dissect what exactly herbal tea is and how it differs from other varieties of tea. 

 

Most tea varieties such as green, black, and purple tea, originate from the Camellia sinensis plant whereas herbal tea does not. Instead, herbal tea is a blend of various leaves, fruit, bark, or flowers from any edible plant. Some of the most common herbal teas include Chamomile, Turmeric, Peppermint, Hibiscus, and Spearmint. 


Herbal teas have become increasingly popular due to the endless combinations that can be created with them and the fact that they naturally do not have caffeine. Therefore, herbal tea is a great option for people who are sensitive to caffeine or desire a drink option that won’t keep them awake at night.


Where exactly did herbal tea originate from? Like traditional tea, herbal tea has a long history. Considering herbal tea is a combination of plants and flowers, our ancestors were combining these for medicinal benefits since the beginning of recorded time. Records date back to 1AD of a Greek physician describing that 600 varieties of plants can be steeped in water for medicinal benefits. Other researchers have found dried peppermint leaves in the Egyptian pyramids as early as 1000 BC, which were thought to be used for tea.


Like traditional tea, herbal tea has a variety of health benefits that can help with individualized needs. For instance, Chamomile is known for its calming effect. On the other hand, it is believed that turmeric and ginger tea can help strengthen one’s immune system to prevent colds. Others can aid in digestion and even help with stress.


If you’re looking for a tea option that will give you great benefits without a caffeine rush, purple tea is a great option alongside herbal tea. Purple tea is packed with antioxidants, polyphenols, and arithocyans while containing very little caffeine, resulting in a good-for-you drink. Check out Kabaki’s flavors of purple tea here to drink for your health.

Here’s to purple being the new green!

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