The earliest recordings of herbal tea date back as far as ancient Egypt, where mint was found in pyramids, and ancient Chinese texts list using it for medicinal purposes.
Journals belonging to the ancient Greek physician Droscorides, listed over 600 medicinal plants that could be steeped in hot water and drank for their healing properties.
Although most of the world assumes herbal tea is a tea like any other variety, is not officially tea; herbal tea does not come from Camellia sinensis, the plant black, white, oolong, and green teas are all made from. Instead herbal tea is a blend of leaves, fruits, bark, roots, and flowers. While this form of tea was invented to be enjoyed as a drink, for centuries herbal teas were primarily used for their healing abilities. It is only within the last few centuries, that it has become more and more common for people to drink herbal tea simply for enjoyment. However it is still used to invoke calmness and support a healthy mind and body
Herbal tea is perfect for those are sensitive to caffeine as it is naturally caffeine-free. The most common herbal teas are rooibos, mint, chamomile, hibiscus, and rose, below is a chart with each of their health benefits.
Rachel Eisenfeld is the owner of Elden Street Tea Shop. She is a fan of Pu'er (poo-air) teas, refreshing and subtle white teas, and any tea mixed with bourbon. Rachel has been to many tea houses on the East Coast, Ireland, and San Franscico. She enjoys learning about the chemical process of making tea and international tea culture. During good times and bad, tea warms the soul.