Q&A: If I were to plant a green tea plant and make green tea, would it then be considered “herbal” or still no?

Question by AvonleaCM: If I were to plant a green tea plant and make green tea, would it then be considered “herbal” or still no?
Part 2: Is it chemical processing that makes it non-herbal. I’d love to drink it again but only want to drink herbal teas.

Best answer:

Answer by Chelsea
yes i think it would be herbal. if u dont use any harmful chemicals to grow it or anything and you use it to make tea directly it should be healthy and considered organic

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3 thoughts on “Q&A: If I were to plant a green tea plant and make green tea, would it then be considered “herbal” or still no?

  1. Herbal just means that most of what’s in it isn’t tea leaves and rather has components from other plants- think mint, lavender, rose hips, etc. Tea isn’t really considered an herb here, for whatever reason. For the most part, herbal tea or normal tea tends to be pretty similar anyway, except that herbal tea has a lot more health claims attached to it (for better or worse; I’ve heard a story where some dumb teenager made an opium poppy tea and died from it, because she thought it was ‘natural’, and thus healthier- this is not always the case, especially with sedative herbs).

    So, no, green tea is still normal tea, just a different variety and style of it. Chemical process isn’t a major qualifier for whether it’s herbal or not. Being organic can be a plus for herbal tea, but the main thing is that it’s made from herbs that aren’t tea leaves.

  2. The term “herbal” is usually used to describe anything that is NOT actual tea. Real tea is just called tea. It doesn’t matter how it’s processed. Tea, even green tea, will still have caffeine. I suppose it depends on why you only want to drink herbal teas whether green tea is suitable. If you are trying to stay away from caffeine, you’re out of luck.

    White tea has even less caffeine than green though.

  3. Herbal tea is not green tea by definition. They come from different plants.

    All true tea comes from the plant Camellia sinensis, the only “tea plant.” The “green” tea plant is usually Camellia sinensis sinensis, the Chinese subvarietal. Green tea comes out like it does because of when the leaves are picked and how they’re processed (usually steamed & dried). So if you plant tea & make tea from it, you’ve got tea, period.

    HERBAL tea is better called a tisane– namely, anything that’s not true tea, and is made of leaves or flowers steeped in hot water. Egyptian chamomile, rooibos, rose hips tea, they all count as herbal teas. And they have nothing to do with green tea, or any other true tea. A few “herbal” tea manufacturers sneak a little black tea in for taste, esp. with chamomile. Check the label–

    Part 2: Chemical processing has nothing to do with real teas, herbal or not. Teas are made using manufacturing methods that are hundreds of years old. Good loose leaf teas are one of the purest foods you can buy today, organic even more so! (But when you buy tea in a bottle, all best are off)

    And if you’re worried about chemicals, then switch to organic teas. They’re grown with no chemical pesticides or fertilizers, so you can enjoy the tea worry-free!

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