Tea is the most commonly consumed beverage in the world after water. People all over the world have been drinking tea for centuries.
Children in many countries grow up drinking tea. Tea is a natural source of antioxidants, minerals and vitamins and provides many health benefits. It’s also a great immune booster.
In the strict sense, the word tea has been reserved for infusions made from leaves of the evergreen shrub Camellia sinensis. Black, oolong, green and white tea all originate from this plant. Herbal tea, however, is made from plants using not just leaves, but also flowers, roots, bark and seeds. Herbal teas are called tisanes. Over time, however, the common use of the word tea has been extended to include herbal infusions.
Herbal teas provide many of the same health benefits and are naturally caffeine free.