Herbal teas, also know as tisanes, are drinks made from steeping herbs, flowers, spices, or dried fruit in water.
They’re not real tea, since they don’t come from the camellia sinensis, the tea plant. Real tea, like black tea and green tea, are made from leaves from the camellia sinensis plant, and they contain caffeine.
All herbal teas (except yerba mate) are caffeine-free. Since they have no caffeine, you can drink them any time of the day and still fall asleep at night.
Plus, herbal tea is super easy to brew. It doesn’t need to be as precise as making regular tea, like black or green tea.
Naturally bright pink-red, hibiscus tea is an antioxidant-rich drink. The flavor is slightly tart like cranberries.You can add sweetener to the hot tea, like sugar or date syrup. But it's also delicious on its own.Once you've made hibiscus tea, you can store it in the refrigerator in an airtight jar or pitcher. Drink it within 4 days.Ingredients: Hibiscus tea, water
A vibrant and perfectly sweet-tart iced tea that’s made with 4 ingredients. This caffeine-free strawberry hibiscus iced tea is great for serving at baby showers and summer parties.The cranberry-like flavor of hibiscus pairs nicely with strawberries. This recipe uses a store-bought strawberry syrup for convenience, but you can also make one from scratch.Ingredients: Hibiscus tea, strawberry syrup, water, ice
Iced Passion Tango Tea is an herbal drink made with hibiscus, apple, and lemongrass. This recipe recreates the Iced Passion Tango Tea at Starbucks.Starbucks uses an iced tea concentrate but this homemade version is made by brewing hot tea using a tea bag, then quickly cooling it down with ice using a cocktail shaker. Ingredients: Tazo Passion tea bag, water, ice
The next time you want a cooling drink, make peppermint tea. Its minty flavor is refreshing and rejuvenating, even when it's hot.Peppermint tea is helpful for soothing digestive issues, like cramps or nausea. It has no caffeine so it's ideal for any time of the day.Ready in just 7 minutes, this simple recipe explains how to make peppermint tea perfectly each and every time.Ingredients: Peppermint tea, water
Mint iced tea is a naturally caffeine-free herbal tea that’s made by steeping dried peppermint leaves. Mint iced tea is a great summer drink since it naturally contains a lot of menthol so it’s cooling and energizing.The recipe makes a serving of mint iced tea (2 cups), but you can increase the recipe to make a big batch.Ingredients: Peppermint tea, water, ice
Rooibos is a caffeine-free tea that tastes earthy, nutty, and slightly sweet. It's a great alternative to coffee or caffeinated tea.Use loose tea if possible. Rooibos tea bags usually have more stems, which means the tea is lower quality.This tea is especially delicious with honey and milk, though you can drink it on its own. Try it both ways to see which one you like best.Ingredients: Rooibos tea, water
This rooibos latte recipe offers a unique way to enjoy the tea. It's made with frothed milk, resulting in a creamy and cozy drink.Any milk works well in this latte, including non-dairy versions like oat milk, soy milk, or almond milk.The recipe is also sweetened with honey, which balances the earthy flavor of rooibos. Other options include maple syrup, date syrup, or plain sugar Ingredients: Rooibos tea, water, vanilla extract, milk, honey, ground cinnamon
Chamomile tea is one of the best teas to drink at night. The beverage relaxes the body and mind, making it a popular bedtime tea.Five minutes is all it takes to steep chamomile. But you can steep it for longer for a medicinal-quality cup.Use filtered water if you can. It will taste better than tea made with tap water.Ingredients: Chamomile tea, water
For an extra-cozy drink, use chamomile tea to make a creamy and frothy latte. You can use any kind of milk, including plant-based versions.Simply heat milk, chamomile, cloves, and a cinnamon stick in a pot, then put it in a French press. When you pump the press, the liquid will froth up.The recipe takes only 8 minutes from start to finish, so you can easily make it before bed.Ingredients: Chamomile tea, milk, cloves, vanilla extract, cinnamon stick, ground cinnamon
Chamomile is the featured ingredient in this simple 3-ingredient iced tea.The daisy-like plant is often dried and brewed into a tea, but it’s actually an herbal infusion that’s naturally caffeine free. It has a mild, floral flavor with an apple and honey-like sweetness.Chamomile has been used as an herbal remedy for centuries. The plant is known to have calming effects, making it a popular bedtime drink.Ingredients: Chamomile tea, water, ice
Known for its spicy kick, ginger tea will warm you up on cold days. It's also perfect for when you're feeling under the weather.By making ginger tea at home, you'll be able to control the level of spice. Use less ginger than the recipe calls for if you prefer a milder flavor.The lemon and honey are optional, but they're so good with ginger tea. They balance the spiciness and add depth of flavor.Ingredients: Ginger, lemon, honey, water
Made with real dried rose buds, this tea has a lovely floral taste. The drink is packed with antioxidants and vitamins too.When making rose tea, always use food-grade rose buds. Never use rose buds from the florist, which aren't food-safe.Rose tea is naturally a bit sweet, but you can add sugar or simple syrup if you'd like. It's also great with a bit of milk.Ingredients: Dried rose buds, water
Thanks to its pretty color-changing abilities, butterfly pea flower tea is super trendy. It turns from blue to purple when you add lemon juice! Plus, the tea is packed with antioxidants called anthocyanins. These are the same compounds that give the drink its color.Since butterfly pea flower tea is caffeine-free, you can drink it any time of the day. See how to make it in just 7 minutes.Ingredients: Butterfly pea flower tea, water, lemon slices or lemon juice
For a tasty drink that's free of caffeine, try this butterfly pea flower tea latte. The recipe takes 8 minutes from start to finish.A homemade vanilla sweet cream helps balance the musky flavor of butterfly pea tea. It uses just 3 ingredients: half & half, sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla extract.When you pour the sweet cream in the tea, it will make super pretty swirls.Ingredients: Butterfly pea flower tea bags, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract, water, half & half, ice
One of the most popular herbal teas, lavender tea is easy to make at home. This recipe explains the best way to do it, plus tips for brewing the best cup.Like many herbal teas, lavender tea is great on its own, but it's even better with sugar or milk. These ingredients will turn the tea into a creamy latte.Enjoy this lavender tea at night before bed. It's naturally caffeine-free and packed with relaxing compounds.Ingredients: Lavender tea, water
When steeped in hot water, dried chrysanthemums make a lovely tea. The flavor is mild and sweet with honey-like notes.Since the flavor is mild, it's a good tea to make if you're new to herbal drinks. You can also follow my instructions for making it iced.Use a glass teapot if possible. That way, you'll be able to see the flowers steeping in the pot.Ingredients: Dried chrysanthemums, water
A staple drink in Korea, barley tea can be enjoyed hot or cold. This recipe explains how to make it both ways.If you can, use whole roasted barley kernels. The flavor will be smoother and more well-rounded than barley tea bags.Barley tea has a nutty toasted flavor. It's very different from herbal teas made with flowers, making it a tasty non-floral option.Ingredients: Roasted barley tea, water