What is typically referred to as "Herbal Tea" is in fact not tea at all. To be considered a "Tea" the leaves from the tea plant (Camelia sinensis) must be used. Since Herbal Tea, or Herbal Infusions, are made using dried herbs, flowers, roots, or fruit, and not leaves from the tea plant, using the term "Tea" is not really accurate, although it is widely practiced to minimize confusion.
The technical term for an Herbal Infusion is Tisane (pronounced tee-ZAHN), which is the French word for an herbal drink. Most herbs used as a Tisane, or Herbal Infusion, are naturally caffeine-free. Some popular Herbal Infusions are chamomile, peppermint, lemongrass, hibiscus, rosehips, and licorice root. Each herb has its own distinctive flavor and medicinal properties, and can be combined to compliment each other.