Herbal teas are becoming more and more popular. According to the American Botanical Council, sales of herbal teas have grown by almost 20% over the last few years. It’s easy to see why. With delicious flavors and possible health benefits, herbal teas are a great choice for any tea enthusiast or rookie.
The term “herbal tea” is more of a colloquialism today, to mean, plant material steeped in hot water like “real” tea (Camellia sinensis). Herbal teas, for the most part, do not contain any Camellia sinensis tea. This category of tea, is sometimes referred to as or herbal infusions. Like tea, these infusions can be served hot or iced.
For decades, tea professionals have sworn that herbals are caffeine free. But, in the last few years, a group of caffeinated herbals have gained market share, these include the herbals Yerba Mate and Guayusa.