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Q&A: What's the difference between tea and tisane?

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All tea comes from the Camellia Sinensis shrub, sometimes known as the tea plant or tea bush.


The Camellia is evergreen and comes in many varieties that help define our favorite types of tea.


camellia sinensis tea bush

For example, Green, black, white and oolong tea are all from the Camellia shrub and because of this, they can be considered to be ACTUAL tea, the only difference among them, is how they are processed.


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On the other end, you will hear people say ‘Herbal tea’. This can get a little confusing because of course, the herbs used are not from the Camellia shrub.


If it’s not from Camellia, it can’t be considered ‘tea’.


What we can call these delicious herbal drinks are tisanes.   


Herbal tisane is caffeine free, unlike real tea and can be prepared by steeping the leaves, stems, flowers, roots and the bark of a variety of herbs.


Ones that seem to be quite popular are peppermint, chamomile, lemongrass, rooibos etc. 


Herbal tisanes aren’t classified as ‘real tea’ because they don’t contain the leaves from the Camellia plant. However, they are still full of antioxidants and have many health benefits.


Tea and tisane 



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