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Calendula Flower Tea – Benefits, Taste, How To Make, And More

Hello everyone and welcome back. Today I thought it would be fun to take a look at one of the lesser-known flower herbal infusions.

It doesn’t have the name recognition of chamomile tea or the popularity of hibiscus or lavender tea but Calendula Flower Tea is still an herbal infusion that has a lot to offer.

What Is Calendula Flower Tea? Calendula tea is not a tea in the strictest sense. It is an herbal infusion made from calendula flowers, also known as marigolds. Steeping dry or fresh calendula flowers in hot water creates a healthy floral infusion.

If you are interested in a wonderful bagged version of calendula tea then I suggest giving Buddha Teas Organic Calendula Teabags a try.

With all that said let’s have a closer look at this flower herbal tea and see what really makes it tick.


A Blooming Calendula Flower

How To Make Calendula Flower Tea

Calendula flower (Calendula Officinalis) tea is very easy to make. You simply steel the dried flowers in hot water and wait a few minutes. There is nothing really tricky about it but a lot of the process will come down to personal preference. How much tea to use, the type of water, etc.

Here are the vitals when I make a cup for myself. Your mileage may vary so experiment with different amounts of tea and other factors until you find your perfect cup of calendula tea.

A Quick And Easy Calendula Tea Recipe

  • 3 Teaspoons/ 1 TBLS of dried calendula flowers (add more for a stronger brew)
  • 10oz of Good quality water (filtered tap water or bottled spring water)
  • Use a water temperature of around 205°F/96°C
  • I like to Steep for 5 minutes. But you should steep to taste, the longer you steep the stronger the tea will be. It is tough to over-steep calendula in my experience so find your sweet spot.
  • Always cover your tea while steeping to trap flavor and heat
  • Add any sweeteners or milk and cream and enjoy your cup of calendula flower tea

You can of course substitute loose leaf calendula flowers for a bagged calendula tea. I find both to be very good as long as you find a good quality bagged calendula tea. I like to use Buddha Teas Organic Calendula Teabags.


The Beautiful Calendula Flower Makes A Nice Cup Of Tea

What Does Calendula Flower Tea Taste Like?

Calendula tea has a pretty complex flavor profile. It has a floral flavor at its base as you might expect but it is also somewhat earthy.

There is also a slight pepper flavor that tingles your lips and tongue at the end of each sip.

Calendula does has a bit of bitterness to it as well. This is pretty common for flower herbal teas.

You can counteract this bitterness with a tea blend or a little honey or cream. You can check out a longer article on the flavor profile of calendula tea here.

The bottom line is that calendula tea has some subtle flavors but remains a pretty light and fresh tasting tea that will appeal to just about anyone, new tea drinker and old hat alike.

What Does Calendula Tea Smell Like?

The aroma of calendula tea is a bit different from the taste. It is light and fresh and not overwhelming or overly pungent. You get a nice floral aroma with a bit of earthiness but unlike the taste, there is a sweet aroma to the smell that is just not present in the overall flavor of this herbal infusion.


Calendula Flower Benefits

Calendula tea has a ton of potential benefits. Keep in mind that many of these benefits are still anecdotal and don’t have a whole lot of studies behind them.

But studies are popping up on a consistent basis that lends credence to many of these benefits. In addition, traditional medicine has used calendula flowers your a very long time to treat a variety of ailments.

  • Loaded With Antioxidants
  • Has Many Anti-Inflammatory Properties (source)
  • May Help Eye Health (source)
  • May Promote Skin Health
  • Anti-Spasmodic Effects May Help With Cramps And Stomach Issues
  • May Aid In Wound Healing (source)
  • May Aid In Oral Health

There are also quite a few benefits that are classified as having insufficient evidence. You can check some of those out here.

As more and more research comes in some of these benefits may become more accepted in the scientific community while others will be proven not to have much effect.

Either way, getting more and more clarity on the real benefits of calendula flowers is going to propel this wonderful herbal infusion.


A Nice Cup Of Calendula Tea

Calendula Tea Blend Ideas

Calendula is a nice tea to drink on its own. But it makes a great base for an herbal tea blend.

Calendula is a bit mild in terms of flavor so be careful not to overdue it when you mix in another flavor or you run the risk of overwhelming the flavor of the calendula flower.

Calendula is not going to be the most popular tea out when it comes to prepackaged tea blends. I have never been able to find any of my suggestions in a packaged form so you will have to mix the ingredients yourself.

I recommend using Buddha Teas Organic Calendula Teabags for a convenient bagged option for these blends.

For a loose-leaf Calendula flower option, I suggest Eat Well Premium Foods – Calendula Flowers, available on Amazon.

With that said here are 3 of my favorite calendula tea blends in no particular order.

#1 Calendula And Ginger Tea

Ginger makes everything better. At least thats my take on things. Calendula tea is no different. Adding ginger into the mix makes this mild floral tea into a flavor power house.

You still get the floral notes from the calendula but the gingers brings a bit of spiciness to the proceedings.

You can use dried ginger or ginger tea bags if you want.

But for the truest flavor, you want a nice fresh ginger root to boil in the water and then steep your calendula tea with the ginger-infused water. It is a delight.

Just boil two slices of fresh ginger in your water and the pour it over your calendula teabag/flowers for a wonderful cup of tea.

#2 Calendula And Lavender Tea

Lavender is almost always a win when it comes to blending it with other teas. From malty earl greys to light floral affaais lavender tea is always a go to blend for many people.

And it works just as well for calendula tea. The floral and slightly minty flavor of the lavender blends well with the floral notes form the calendula. The result is a tea with a heavy floral focus and a little minty kick from the lavender as well.

About 2 teaspoons of lavender flower and 2 teaspoons of calendula flower make for a great cup of the herbal blend. You can also use a teabag of each and just increase the amount of water. Adjust for your own personal tastes.

I like Buddha Teas Organic Lavender Teabags for a bagged option.

For a loose-leaf lavender tea, I would recommend Starwest Botanicals Organic Lavender Flowers.

#3 Calendula Tea And Lemon

Adding a little lemon to your calendula tea gives it a citrusy bite. It helps remove any lingering bitterness or eathyness from the infulsion and makes the tea more palatable for many tea drinkers without the need for sugar or milk.

You can squeeze a lemon wedge into your tea or blend the calendula (Calendula Officinalis Flower) with a lemony tea like lemongrass or lemon balm tea.

Any of these will give you the citrus flavor you desire with the lemon wedge adding the most flavor to the blend in my opinion.


Yellow Is A Common Color For Calendula Flowers

Related Questions

Does Calendula Tea Have Caffeine? Calendula tea is naturally caffeine free so you can drink it anytime of day without having to worry about the issues that may arise with caffeine. If you blend it with a green tea or a black tea, for example, you will introduce caffeine into the tea so plan accordingly.

Does Calendula Flower Tea Have Sugar, Calories, Or Carbohydrates? Calendula has an insignificant amount of calories or carbohydrates or sugars. You can drink it while on a vast array of diets without worry about calories or carbs.

Does Calendula Tea Break A Fast? Since calendula tea has negligible calories it should be just fine for anyone who is fasting. It makes a good replacement for water on occasion during your fasting window, but water should still be the majority of your fluid intake during a fast.

Can You Add Milk And Sugar To Calendula Tea? You can add whatever you want to calendula tea just like any other tea. If you add sugar or milk to your tea it will add calories to the beverage which might negate some of the benefits from it. I personally drink all my teas with nothing added.


The Calendula Tea Finish

That brings us to the end of our look at Calendula tea in all of its glory. It is an easy tea to make. You don’t have to worry about the water temperature or steep time too much as you would with a delicate green tea for example.

It is a flavorful tea as well, especially for a floral herbal tea. But not overwhelmingly so that it would put off a new tea drinker.

Calendula tea is a solid place to start your herbal tea journey but it is a bit off the beaten path. I think it has a better flavor than the much more popular chamomile tea. But that will be up to you to decide.

My advice is always this…

Try a tea out for yourself and see how you like it. There is a reason that the old saying goes “It’s not my cup of tea”.

Because each cup of tea is distinctive to the person that is drinking it and you should customize your calendula tea just for you.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day.

What Does Licorice Root Tea Taste Like?

Licorice is probably most known for the candies that are based on it. But when you steep its pure root form in hot water you get to know a whole other side of this versatile herbal root.

So in today’s look at all things tea, I want to focus on the flavor profile of licorice tea and see if this incredible herbal root tea is something that you might like to add to your tea drinking repertoire.

What Does Licorice Root Tea Taste Like? Licorice Tea is a smooth and slightly sweet herbal infusion. It has a rich flavor that is slightly tangy with a slightly sweet kick that lingers on your lips after a sip.

For a convenient Licorice Tea to try I recommend Alvita Organic Licorice Root Herbal Tea, available on Amazon. It is an excellent introduction to this fine herbal blend

As always, taste is subjective so your experience might differ wildly from mine. Use this flavor profile as a loose guide on what to expect from your first cup of licorice tea and then decide for yourself what flavors you taste when you drink this wonderful herbal infusion.



The Flavor Profile Of Licorice Root Tea

Licorice tea has a pretty complex flavor profile and a fairly unique one. Other teas like fennel seed tea and aniseed tea have licorice notes to their flavor but they pale to the original licorice tea flavor.

Let’s break it down into the most recognizable flavors that I can detect and give ourselves a good overview of what to expect from this herbal infusion.

Its A Bit Tangy

I’m not sure that Tangy is the best word to describe this flavor note in licorice tea.  It’s more of a slightly spicy slightly Tangy mix that really lingers on the tongue and lips after you take a sip of this herbal tea.

It’s not nearly as spicy as some other herbal teas. I think both Ginger and turmeric tea has a little bit more spice. But licorice tea has very little of the earthy flavor that is typical in root herbal teas,  and even less bitterness.

And Slightly Sweet

Most herbal teas have at least some natural sweetness to them and licorice tea is no exception. It’s not a super sweet tea and I would say it’s a bit less sweet than something like green tea for example.

But there is a slight natural sweetness that helps to make the overall experience much more palatable. One thing I want to add is that what I’m talking about a natural sweetness it’s important to understand that it’s not sugary.

There’s a big difference between sweet and sugary and once you have enough experience tea-drinking teas you’ll understand just how big a difference that distinction is.

Its Very Smooth

The slight sweetness that I talked about in the above paragraph really lends itself well to one of the most noticeable things about the flavor of licorice tea. It is incredibly smooth.

It is almost a creamy sensation when you drink this tea. It feels a little bit thicker than a normal cup of herbal tea. The smoothness is similar to vanilla tea.

I think it’s probably one of the smoothest cups of Tea you’re going to have and that makes a great candidate to blend with other teas that maybe are a little bit harsher or bitter or earthy in order to make them much more palatable for the general tea-drinking public.

Rich And Flavorful

Sometimes herbal teas can be a little bit underwhelming with their flavors. Chamomile tea, for example, is a very nice tea to drink but it is not the most flavorful I can feel a little bit Bland as a result.

That is not the case with licorice tea. The flavor is front-and-center and it is a full flavor that you get from this herbal infusion. It has a richness about it that you don’t always find with herbal teas.

 I think the texture of licorice tea is more akin to something like an Earl Grey tea than it is to a chamomile tea or  some other herbal tea.

It’s rich and it’s full-flavored and it feels thicker than it is when you drink it. Perhaps that’s due to the lingering flavor that tends to stay on your lips and tongue after you take a sip.

Whatever it is a wonderful sensation and a wonderful way to end a great sip of this fine tea.

The Aroma Of Licorice Tea

The aroma of licorice root tea is very similar to the actual taste. That is not always the case with some of these herbal teas the aroma can be very different than the actual flavor. 

The biggest difference between the taste and the aroma is that I think the aroma is a little bit more pungent than the flavor. This is pretty common among herbal teas. The aroma will often times Beach slightly more noticeable than the taste of the actual tea itself.

The Licorice Tea Finish

That brings us to the end of our look at the flavor of licorice root tea.  I think that this is a great place to introduce anyone to herbal tea.

It’s such a smooth and flavorful and ultimately familiar flavor that even new tea drinkers will be eased into the idea of drinking a variety of herbal teas.

That’s a good starting point but it’s important not to make it the ending point as well. Licorice tea can be a gateway to all types of other root herbal teas like ginger or turmeric and then on to other floral-herbal teas like lavender or hibiscus.

Ultimately you can introduce a new tea drinker to the wonderful world of black tea or white tea or the incredibly popular green teas that are out there right now.

And it all started with a little sip of licorice tea. Of course, there are other ways to find out the joys of tea drinking but this is just one little example of how such a smooth and flavorful tea can really open your eyes to the possibilities of herbal teas.

Once again, For a convenient Licorice Tea to try I recommend Buddha Teas Organic Licorice Root Tea Bags. It is a great introduction to this fine herbal blend

Thanks for stopping buy and have a wonderful day.

Experience The Delightfully Refreshing Flavor Of Ginger Lavender Tea

I’m of the opinion that Ginger can make anything taste better. So I decided to try and make a ginger and lavender herbal tea blend that gave me enough Ginger flavor without overwhelming the lavender flower. Or vice versa.

And if you’re here then I suspect you had the same idea. So let’s take this little journey together on how to make a great cup of ginger lavender tea.

What Is Ginger And Lavender Tea? Lavender Ginger tea is an herbal infusion derived from steeping ginger root and lavender flowers in water. It typically has a floral, peppery flavor representative of the ingredient’s own unique flavor profiles.

Ginger is a great herb to blend with other teas, but lavender is no stranger to a good herbal blend either. Let us see how well these two fantastic herbal teas blend together.

For a quick DIY tea bag blend try Buddha Teas Organic Ginger Root Tea and Organic Lavender Tea. This will give you a great cup of tea if you don’t want to bother with fresh ginger and the like.

Read on to find out how to make ginger lavender tea for yourself and what a cup should taste like when steeped properly.


How To Make Ginger Lavender Tea

Lavender and Ginger tea is a pretty straightforward herbal tea blend to make. It’s very tough to over steep it or mess up in any way really. That being said there are a couple of things you want to keep in mind when making your cup of lavender ginger tea. It is very similar to making a cup of straight lavender tea.

Let’s have a look at those now.

If you are looking for a convenient lavender ginger tea option they can be tough to find without a couple of added flavors.

Try this Lavender ginger, peppermint, and chamomile blend that gets pretty close to the homemade(and superior) version. Leafy Love – Calming Relaxing Tea(*affiliate link), available on Amazon.

Use The Right Water

One important aspect of making your cup of ginger lavender tea or any tea for that matter is to make sure that you used good quality water for the infusion.

Try and stay away from mineral water and distilled water as they will negatively affect the overall taste of your tea.  Regular tap water is also a no-go because it has a lot of minerals and it that can affect the taste.

Ideal you want to use either filter tap water or a good quality bottled spring water to steep your tea.  This way you get nice balanced water that’s not going to add too much in the way of flavor or take too much away from the Flavor of your lavender ginger tea.

Keep in mind that these are only suggestions, you can add or subtract from the ingredients to make your cup of tea specific to your tastes.

DIY Ginger Lavender Tea

  • Boil 2 Slices of fresh ginger root in a kettle of water
  • Let the water cool to about 205°F/96°C
  • Steep 1-2 teaspoon of lavender flowers or 1 lavender tea bag in the ginger-infused water
  • I like to steep for around 5 minutes covered to get the best flavor but it varies with individual taste

You can also use dried loose leaf ginger and lavender to make a quick cup of this tea. I recommend about a teaspoon of each and a 10 minute steep.

Lastly, you can always use lavender and ginger tea bags for your cup of tea. This is the easiest way to make a cup of this herbal blend. Just use one teabag of each and steep to taste. Use a little bit more water with two tea bags to get a more balanced flavor.


What Does Ginger And Lavender Tea Taste Like?

Lavender And Ginger tea is very much the sum of its parts.  Both the Ginger root and the lavender flowers bring their own unique flavors to the blend without canceling each other out or without one overpowering the other.

As a result, you get a fairly complex flavor profile that highlights the wonderful flavor of the lavender as well as the incredibly unique flavor of the ginger.

One thing to add is that taste is always very subjective. These are the flavors that I feel are most representative of a good Lavender and ginger tea. Your mileage may vary so only use this as a loose guide for this herbal tea blend.

A Nice Floral Taste

The first flavor that I think you’re going to notice is the floral flavor of the lavender itself. The flavor of lavender is pretty pronounced. it’s not as flowery is some other flower herbal infusions but it will be the most dominant flavor of the entire ginger lavender tea blend.

With Slightly Minty Notes

Lavender handsome naturally Minton notes to it because it is a part of the mint plant family. They are not as strong as a spearmint or peppermint tea but they do give it a nice little Edge that acts as a bit of a counterpoint to the strong floral flavor of the lavender.

The good news is that the ginger does not wipe away the mintiness of the lavender. It’s still very much there although I think it’s a little more subdued in this blend than it would be in a cup of straight lavender tea.

A Bit Peppery

Now we move on to the flavors of the ginger. The first one is the peppery flavor of the ginger. It’s not really a pepper flavor in the mold of table pepper or pepper that you would put on your food but it is a very interesting peppery flavor that the ginger is known for.

And A Little Spicy

Building on the peppery flavor that the ginger brings is the spiciness that it brings.  It’s an interesting spicy flavor because it’s spicy right at the start and then there’s a soothing, cooling sensation that the ginger brings.

Anyone who’s used a slice of Ginger to clean their pallet when they’re eating sushi will know that you get that little burst of spiciness followed by the wonderful gentle incredibly flavorful Ginger afterward.

Earthy Notes In There As Well

Both the lavender flowers and the ginger root have a bit of an earthiness to their overall flavor profile. I think it’s much more pronounced in many of the other root herbal teas than it is in ginger tea itself. The spiciness of the ginger, I think, really helps to smooth out the earthiness.

Likewise, the natural minty flavor of the lavender helps to alleviate some of the earthiness of standard lavender tea.  So it’s not a real strong earthy flavor in this herbal tea blend but it might be there for some people if they’re really susceptible to the earthy or bitter flavor that some of these teas can have.

That being said this is one of the smoother herbal infusions especially flower herbal infusions that you’re going to find.

The ginger really helps smooth out the lavender’s earthy flavor and makes the overall infusion a little bit more palatable for people who aren’t used to drinking a lot of herbal teas.

The Aroma Of Ginger Lavender Tea

I think overall the aroma of the ginger lavender tea leans a little bit more towards the lavender than it does towards the ginger.

I never found ginger tea to be that aromatic.  Which is surprising because Ginger itself is quite pungent. However, when you boil it in the water it seems to lessen the effect of the ginger aroma.

That doesn’t mean that it’s not there I think it’s just a bit subdued especially when you add in the very robust floral Aroma of the lavender it kind of takes a backseat in the smell only. If you’re talking about taste, I think they are both on equal footing in the lavender ginger tea.


The Ginger Lavender Tea Finish

That brings us to the end of our look at the ginger lavender herbal infusion.  I always like to add ginger to just about any herbal infusion just to see if it works well with the other flavors.

I’m happy to report that I feel like this is a great herbal infusion that really gives you the benefits of both the lavender and the ginger.

I think the taste of each ingredient compliments the other and together they form a very smooth and refreshing herbal tea that is quick and easy to make.

I hope you have enjoyed our look at the flower and root herbal tea blend and hope to see you back here soon

Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful day.

What Does Elderberry Tea Taste Like? A Tart And Tangy Herbal Infusion

In my everlong quest to find interesting herbal teas to try I have often overlooked berry herbal teas. They are not as popular as root herbal infusions, like ginger tea. And they are typically well behind the mainstream flower herbal teas like chamomile or hibiscus.

But one berry tea, in particular, is forcing its way into the mainstream consciousness like few other herbal infusions. Elderberry tea. Touted for its ability to aid the immune system this herbal infusion is experiencing a renewed focus on its benefits and its taste.

What Does Elderberry Tea Taste Like? Not to be confused with elderflower tea, elderberry tea has a smooth crisp flavor with some tangy and tart notes supported by a slightly sweet and earthy base. The finish is reminiscent of berries.

Want a great elderberry tea to try? Check out Buddha Teas Organic Elderberry Tea Bags and experience the great flavor for yourself.

Join us as we take a deeper look at the flavor of elderberry tea and be sure to check out the FAQ to discover even more about this wonderful herbal infusion.



The Flavor Profile Of Elderberry Tea

Elderberry tea has a fairly complex, although not unexpected flavor profile. It is a fruit tea so it is dominated but a fruit or berry flavor with a nice natural sweetness. The nuance of the flavor is really what sets it apart from other fruit herbal teas.

Keep in mind that taste is always very subjective. So take this as a general guide of what to expect from this herbal tea as it is only my interpretation of the flavors that I taste.

Elderberry Tea Is Tart And Tangy

Tart and tangy are the first flavors that come to mind when drinking a cup of elderberry tea. It is a berry tartness similar to cranberry but not nearly as potent as a glass of cranberry juice.

As with most fruit teas they fall behind the flavor of the fruit juice because you are removing all the sugar and much of the flavor by simply steeping the berries instead of juicing them.

However you still get the tangy and tart flavor as the foundation for this particular herbal infusion. The other flavors compliment this tart and tangy base and build a complex flavor profile for the tea in general.

With Slight Natural Sweetness

You will probably also notice a slight natural sweetness with this tea. It is important to make a distinction between sweet and sugary. If you are expecting something along the lines of fruit juice you will be disappointed.

The natural sweetness is similar to green tea, although I think a nice sweet sencha might be a little bit sweeter all things considered.

The point is that this is a subtle natural sweetness that can be easily overlooked if you are new to drinking tea or you drink a lot of sugary drinks leading up to your cup of tea.

And A Bit Of Earthiness

Like most herbal teas there is a touch of earthy flavor attached to it. It is not nearly as pronounced as some root herbal teas or even flower herbal infusions, but the dirty earthy flavor can still be tasted a little bit in this otherwise smooth herbal tea.

Finished With A Hint Of Berry Flavor

Finishing everything off is the berry flavor. This is also a pretty subtle flavor that is reminiscent of tart cranberry, in my opinion. This is the flavor that lingers on the lips and tongue after a sip of this delightful brew.

I think this is the expected flavor of the overall tea and it is the one that you will remember along with the tart and tanginess.

It might come across as a little medicinal for newer drinkers and it can have a bit of a cough medicine flavor at times, or so I am told. I don’t really detect the medicinal flavors but some of my compatriots mentioned it so I thought I would put it in for completionist sake.

The Elderberry Tea Aroma

Elderberry tea has a pretty strong aroma all things considered. I think the smell is quite a bit earthier than the actual tea. You can still get a sense of the berry flavor and a slight hint of sweetness in the smell. Overall the taste and the smell are pretty similar, with the smell being a little more earthy and pungent.

Elderberry Tea FAQ

Does Elderberry Tea Have Caffeine?

Elderberry tea does not contain caffeine. It is not a true tea, like black or green tea, and is derived from elderberries and not the Camellia sinensis plant that all true tea is made from. Adding a real tea to your elderberry tea will add some caffeine. The exact amount depends on the type of tea.

Does Elderberry Tea Have Calories, Carbohydrates, or Sugar?

Elderberry tea is naturally calories free. It also has no carbohydrates or sugars as long as you are not eating the berries themselves. For most packaged elderberry teas, like Buddha Teas Organic Elderberry Tea, you can find a nutrition label that will give you the low down on what to expect from this herbal infusion.

Is Elderberry Tea Keto Or Fasting Friendly?

It should be just fine for anyone practicing intermittent fasting or on a keto diet. As mentioned above it has no calories making it great as a fasting option. It also has no carbs which makes it an ideal candidate for a ketogenic diet.

Whether it is right for your specific diet or lifestyle is something you will have to decide for yourself but there is nothing to exclude it from low-carb diets or fasting in general.

The Elderberry Tea Finish

That wraps up our look at the flavor profile for elderberry tea. I enjoy the flavor of this herbal infusion but I don’t really consider it one of my favorites. I prefer green teas and herbal flower tea over most fruit teas. Although I am a sucker for any tea with pineapple in it.

I think that anyone who enjoys a good fruit tea will probably enjoy this herbal infusion on some level, especially if you enjoy berry teas. Even berry leaf teas, like raspberry leaf tea, would give you a good indication of whether or not to try elderberry tea.

Overall this is yet another solid and flavorful herbal tea to try. It may never end up in your pantheon of great teas but it is certainly worth your time for the great elderberry benefits alone.

If you enjoy the flavor it can easily become a part of your tea drinking routine. It also makes a great base for a blended tea. Finding flavors that compliment this herbal infusion is not difficult and can help you experience new and interesting flavors.

Some of my favorites blends are hibiscus elderberry tea, ginger elderberry tea, and elderberry and chamomile tea. But you can blend it with whatever suits your fancy to create your own unique herbal tea flavor.

One of the best and most convenient Elderberry Teas is Buddha Teas Organic Elderberry Tea Bags. You get the full flavor of a great elderberry tea in an easy to make tea bag.

Is Chamomile Tea Really Tea? Plus More Fun Facts

Is Chamomile Tea Really Tea? Chamomile tea is not really tea. Chamomile tea is what is known as an herbal infusion. Only teas derived from Camellia sinensis are true teas. Everything else, including chamomile tea, is an herbal infusion.

That’s the short answer. And it doesn’t really matter in everyday practice. What you call it doesn’t really matter as long as you understand the fundamental difference.

Green tea, black tea, white tea and oolong tea are the only true teas, everything else is an infusion or herbal tea.

The reality is that calling a chamomile infusion tea is perfectly acceptable. It is also known as an herbal infusion, herbal tea, or a tisane. Herbal tea and herbal infusion are interchangeable terms.

No one really uses the word tisane when describing herbal tea unless they want to sound a little smarter than the audience they are talking to. You will see it used quite a bit on tea websites but it means the exact same thing as herbal tea to herbal infusions.

So we call it chamomile tea even though it is not really tea. This might be a revelation to you. The vast majortiy of people think of herbal tea as tea.

They don’y differatiate chamomile tea grom green tea for example. Its all on the same shelf in the store and its all called the same thing. The differences are huge however.

Chamomile tea is one of hundreds of different herbal teas. Rose petals and lavender to peppermint and cherry bark to aniseed and calendula, these are all herbal teas, that aren’t really teas.

Typically herbal teas fall into a variety of categories based on what part of the plant you are using. For chamomile tea the flower is used making is a flower herbal infusion.

Check out our list of the 10 best chamomile teas to try this year. You won’t want to miss out on some of these amazing blends.


Fun Facts And Related Questions For Chamomile Tea


Is Chamomile Tea An Herbal Tea?

Dovetailing off of the overall question is this follow up question. Chamomile tea is an herbal tea even though it is not really tea at all. Confused? Don’t be.

Herbal tea is simply an agreed-upon name for any herbal infusion or tisane that is made from plants other than the Camellia sinensis plant. Chamomile tea is made from chamomile flowers and thus qualifies as an herbal tea.

Does Chamomile Tea Go With Milk?

Milk or cream is a great way to smooth out some of the bitterness and earthy flavor that is present in chamomile tea. Generally, the flavor of chamomile tea is pretty mild and the bitterness is minimal.

For some people, especially new tea drinkers, the earthiness and bitterness are too much and you need to add milk or cream just to make it palatable.

I always recommend drinking a few cups of a new tea without anything added to it, just to see if you like the flavor at all. Then add sweeteners or milk if you have to.

Is Chamomile Tea As Healthy As Green Tea?

This is a tough one. The truth is I don’t know. How do you define “healthy”. Chamomile tea has no caffeine, green tea does. Does that make chamomile tea healthier? Maybe, unless you want some of the health benefits of caffeine.

The bottom line is that most tea is pretty good for you. Even if you only drink it as a calorie free beverage there are going to be benefits of not drinking a ton of calories each day.

Drink whatever tea you like and enjoy the antioxidants and benefits of the tea. You can always check the finer details of each individual tea to see what other benefits it might have for you.

Is Chamomile Tea Astringent?

There is certainly a little bit of bitterness in the flavor profile of chamomile tea but I would not classify the tea overall as astringent. Then again, what tea tastes like for each individual is going to differ wildly from person to person.

While I don’t find chamomile tea particularly astringent, someone else might find it incredibly bitter and undrinkable.

Is Chamomile Tea Always Caffeine Free?

It is importqant to not that chamomile tea is not decaffinated. It never had caffeine to begin with so it is naturally caffeine free. Decaffinated teas like decafinated green or black tea still have some level of caffeine in them most of the time.

If you want a purely caffeine free chamomile tea then you should not blend it with a true tea like green tea, even a decaffinated one.

Is Chamomile Tea All Natural?

Pure chaomile tea, that is tea made from just chamomile flwers is going to be all natural. Most chamomile tea brands are organic and all natural as well.

I am not aware of any chamomile tea drinks that have additives or artificial flavors but they may well exist, those would not be considered all-natural.

But for the most part, any chamomile tea that you buy is going to be all-natural as it is simply the flowers that you steep in water.

Is Chamomile Tea An Anti-Oxidant?

Chamomile tea is not an anti-oxidant in and of itself but it is loaded with anti-oxidants. Most herbal teas and true teas are great sources of anti-oxidants that you can easily add to your diet. Anti-oxidants can play a crucial role in your overall health(source).

What Is Chamomile Tea Made Of?

At its base chamomile tea has only 2 ingredients. Chamomile flowers and water. Steeping the chamomile flowers, either dried or fresh, in hot water will create the herbal infusion we know as chamomile tea.

You can then add any type of sweetener, milk, or blend it with other teas to make your own unique chamomile drink.


Closing Thoughts

Short and sweet. Well, sweet if you add sugar to your chamomile tea. But I digress. Chamomile tea is not really tea but its fine to call it tea.

The whole point here is that it really doesn’t matter. The majority of people will call herbal teas “tea”, some will call them infusions and a tiny minority will refer to them as tisanes.

Herbal teas are a brand unto themselves at this point. The bottom line here is that you can call it whatever you like, but most importantly choose teas, real or herbal, that is going to make your life a little more relaxing and a little more enjoyable for those few minutes that you are sipping on a wonderful cup of tea, or infusion, or tisane or whatever.

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