Herbal Infusions

Herbal tea is not really tea at all in the traditional sense because there are no actual leaves from the Camellia Sinensis plant. Instead, herbal tea is typically a blend of herbs, flowers, spices, and dried fruit and often referred to as tisanes. By combining quality ingredients, blends can be created that calm, invigorate, or treat minor ailments. Colors and flavors range from light and fruity to vibrant and spicy, to match your mood. While not all herbal teas are caffeine-free, several blends are available that offer full flavor but without caffeine side effects. Don't forget to check out our tea collections, where you will find all things tea.

  • Harney and Sons Herbal Blends

    Herbal Blends

    Our Herbal Blends build upon lemongrass, chamomile flowers, and hibiscus with flavors such as cinnamon, orange peel, and peppermint. All blends are naturally caffeine-free and offer unique experiences. Looking for a soothing blend? Try the Lemongrass. Want more punch? Check out the Spiced Plum.

  • Harney and Sons Fruit Tea

    Fruit Teas

    Our Fruit Teas are caffeine-free blends of all natural ingredients such as rose hips, hibiscus, dried apple, orange peel, and more. These delicious blends are loved by all, including children. Some of our favorites include Peach Fruit Tea and Strawberry-Kiwi.

  • Harney and Sons Rooibos Tea

    Rooibos Tea

    Often referred to as Red Tea, Rooibos (pronounced “roy-boss”) is a caffeine-free plant found in South Africa. The leaves are oxidized which develops a deep red color once steeped, similar to black tea. Some of our black tea blends such as Hot Cinnamon Spice and Paris are available using Rooibos, delivering familiar flavors yet caffeine-free.

  • Harney and Sons Native Herbs

    Herbs Native to the Americas

    Not all Herbal Tea is caffeine-free. Infact, both North and South America have native herbs that can contain nearly as much caffeine as coffee. Yerba Mate is one such herb, from South America, and has a long history of consumption. Or try American Buzz, our blend of Spearmint, Yerba Mate, and more.

  • Harney and Sons Tisanes

    Pure Tisanes

    If simplicity is what you desire, look no further. Our Pure Tisanes are basic blends or single ingredients that brew a delicious cup. Pick from our Organic Peppermint, Bamboo, or try a simple blend such as Yellow & Blue. Be adventurous and make your own tea blend at home.

  • Herbal Tea from Harney and Sons

    All Herbal Infusions

    Not sure which herbal infusion to choose? Find all our herbal blends, tisanes, and fruit teas here.

How to Brew Herbal Tea

How To Brew Herbal Tea

Herbal teas are delicious hot or cold. Regardless of how you take your tea, follow the steps below and then add ice if desired. If brewing for iced tea, consider using a larger batch of tea as the ice will dilute the flavor.

  1. Preheat a teapot by pouring boiling water into it, raising the temperature of the teapot to at least 180°.
  2. Discard the water. In your teapot, or filter, add 1 teaspoon of loose tea for each cup of tea you're brewing.
  3. Pour fresh boiling water over the tea or tea bag. This super-saturates the tea, allowing the perfect extraction of the flavor.
  4. The water temperature should be 212°F (100°C). Let the tea steep for a full 5 minutes.
  5. Pour the tea through a strainer into the cups.

Herbal Tea Brewing Temperature

To extract the maximum flavor from our Herbal teas, quality water should be brought to a full boil at 212°F. Unlike more delicate tea such as white or green, herbal tea blends contain a variety of ingredients that are more hearty and can withstand higher brew temperatures.

Herbal Tea Brewing Temperature
Herbal Tea Brewing Time

Herbal Tea Brewing Time

A typical tea, such as green or black, can become bitter if steeped too long. Herbal teas are often more forgiving with longer brew times. At Harney, we brew our herbal teas for at least 5 minutes to start, but his is a matter of personal taste.

If you’re looking for a stronger cup of tea, it’s best to increase the amount of tea used instead of increasing the brewing time.

Herbal Tea Benefits & Uses

For thousands of years, cultures around the world have brewed herbs for enjoyment and to ease ailments. In China and India, blends are created to help “center” the body, bringing balance to life. In middle eastern countries, Peppermint adds flavor to dishes, as well as easing indigestion.

Benefits of Herbal Tea

  • Stimulates the body
  • Eases digestion
  • Helps soothe common cold symptoms
  • Aids in relaxation and sleep
How to Brew Herbal Tea