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What’s the difference between the words tea, herbal tea, tisane and infusion?

31st January 2019
Anthia Koullouros

Tea comes from the Camellia sinensis plant also known as the Tea plant. These include black, green, white, oolong, yellow and pu-erh. They all contain caffeine. Anything else, while sometimes called “tea”, is more accurately referred to as an herbal tea, infusion or tisane.

Herbal teas, infusions & tisanes are the same thing. They are created with fresh or dried herbs or botanicals such as berries, buds, seeds, twigs, bark, pods, fruit or flowers. The part used of a plant is chosen for its medicinal properties as well as aroma and flavour. For example, Dandelion root supports bowel and liver health whereas the Dandelion leaf supports urinary health. They usually don’t contain caffeine unless they are blended with black, green, white, oolong, yellow and pu-erh or other caffeine containing ingredients such as cacao or cocoa.