The Many Types of Herbal Tea

Rooibos, or African red tea, is an herbal with high nutritional value.

Essiac tea is an herbal tea made from Indian rhubarb, burdock root, the inner bark of slippery elm, and sheep sorrel. Some recipes also include red clover, blessed thistle and watercress.

Herbal teas are dominating more and more space on supermarket shelves; this is obviously a fast growing trend. But why should we put away our bags of Fives Roses, our Darjeeling and our Earl Grey in favour of something that just looks like a pile of leaves in a pretty pack?

Olive Leaf tea is is an ancient brew most popular for it’s anti-viral, anti-bacterial and cardiovascular benefits. Tea made from the leaves of Mission and Manzanillo olive trees is caffeine-free and is also popular for its unique flavor.

Essiac tea is an herbal tea used to treat cancer. It was made famous by a Canadian nurse by the name of Renee Caisse (1888 - 1978). She said she got the recipe for Essiac tea from an Indian healer after he used it to cure the breast cancer of Caisse's friend.

Peppermint is an herb that was first cultivated in England in 1750 as a hybrid between water mint and spearmint. Its leaves are often used to make an herbal tea known as peppermint tea or as a flavored black tea also known as peppermint tea.

Yerba mate tea is an herbal tea from South America. Unlike most other herbal teas, yerba mate tea is high in caffeine, but because of its chemical makeup, yerba mate tea is more easily tolerated by those sensitive to caffeine.

Chamomile tea is one of the most popular herbal teas in the world. It is renowned for its pleasant flavor and calming properties. Although famous as a sleep aid, chamomile tea also has many other health benefits.

Herbal tea is not a true tea because it does not come from Camellia sinensis, but is nonetheless an enjoyable beverage that has many health benefits.

Red tea (also known as Rooibos tea) comes from a shrub which only grows in the Cape of Good Hope area of South Africa. Red tea was originally consumed as a tea-substitute during the war years when regular tea was not available. Red tea (or Rooibos) has since become a popular beverage in its own right.