Tea is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world – and yet, there’s still a lot of mystery and wonder about it.
For example, did you know that green, black and white tea all come from the same plant? It’s true – they’re all from the Camellia sinensis bush, but how they’re processed after harvest produces their very different aromas and flavors.
Here’s another one: what we call “herbal teas” are technically not ‘teas’ at all. Herbal tea contains no Camellia sinensis leaves; rather, it is made from many plants, using not just the leaves, but also the flowers, roots, bark and seeds. These brews typically contain flavorful, beneficial ingredients like chamomile, lemongrass and mint, and naturally contain no caffeine at all.
Whatever kind of tea you choose to enjoy, the art of blending tea is a combination of creativity and expertise. Whether you’re an expert steeped in tea’s rich heritage or you’re new to this ancient beverage, unlock the mysteries of tea and explore these tea topics and more with us. There’s always something new to learn about tea.
Cultures around the world enjoy black tea for its bold, earthy flavor and its energizing and hydrating effects. Unlike green and white teas, black tea is allowed to oxidize or ferment somewhat after harvest – bringing out the tea’s richer flavor profile.
All tea comes from the camellia sinensis plant – but green tea is different because it is quickly steamed or pan-fired after harvest. Because green tea leaves undergo minimal oxidation, a cup of green tea retains more of the vibrant green colour and fresh aroma and flavour of the freshly harvested leaf.
A calming walk or a restful night’s sleep can help you find tranquility, but a moment spent over a special cup of tea can be a delicious alternative. Next time you’re in search of a little peace, brew up a cup of herbal tea and settle in.
Also known as red tea, Rooibos is a unique and inviting tea option that offers a number of tantalizing benefits. So, how is Rooibos pronounced? Even the best of us can get tripped up on the word, but it might be simpler than you think. Give it a try: roy-buss.
This specialty tea type offers a number of different flavor profiles depending on where it’s enjoyed. For example, residents of northern India prefer a sweeter chai, while incarnations from southern India (known as masala chai) feature a spicier profile.
Herbal teas have always been treasured for their soothing properties. But Celestial has never been content to sit and sip (even in the very early days), so we quickly decided that the world needed an herbal blend with real “zing.”
Whether you're looking for a tea to help soothe your seasonal symptoms or just want to bolster your everyday wellness, there's a Celestial Seasonings® Wellness Tea for you.