Most Of What We Call Tea Really Isn’t Tea
If you like to drink a cup of herbal tea to relax before going to bed, or if you enjoy a nice cup of chai halfway through the afternoon, you aren’t drinking tea. Tea is made from the leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant, and the type of tea that people drink is based on how much those leaves are processed.
But that’s not to say that you should stop drinking herbal “tea” or chai. These drinks have their own health benefits, from the various compounds found in the flowers, herbs, and spices. They are generally very good for you, not in the least because they can help you relax. They aren’t really tea.