Theres so many herbs used in herbal teas it can be hard to know where they start or where they end.
The good news is theres no end to the types of herbal teas! You can go down the tea aisle or the bulk herb section in the health food store or even grow them to know this fact. Herbs are some the most common plants on Earth and they come in many flavors. I started becoming interested in herbal tea due to my interest in growing herbs and realized the potential to make a wonderful tasting drink using just herb ingredients.
Have you ever wondered about the story behind the herbs used in teas? I started wondering the same question a while back, too. After boiling up some mint and dandelion in water that was growing around my garden I knew there must be a whole world of herbs for tea. I'd bought them before from the store already packaged, but the care of actual herbs made me want to research them.
Why did I use mint and dandelion for tea? Well, the plants must have some purpose. And all herbs have some purpose whether it be flavor, use, or accents.
I started looking up the following questions about herbs used for types of herbal teas: whats the origins, growing environment, plant part used, how does it get to retail, and why is it sometimes added to true tea?
Below are the categories I came up with for the various herbs and plants used in herbal tea. It's not necessarily conclusive, but fits the description for many of the ingredients used in high-quality teas. Whats behind the categorization of herbal ingredients?
Simply click the herb names near the images below to find further information on herbal tea types.