We have a habit of calling every plant that we steep in water “tea”. Alas, this isn’t quite correct.
Here are the facts: “Tea” in the truest sense of the word only applies to the dried leaves of one, single species of plant (Camellia Sinensis). This means that other plants, like mint, rooibos, chamomile, or hibiscus aren’t technically “tea”. We call these herbal blends “tisanes” instead. That’s right, chamomile “tea” isn’t technically tea.
So what’s the fuss about? Frankly, you can call your drink whatever you damn-well please. But it’s worth it to know the difference between true tea and tisanes (herbal teas). Importantly, true tea contains caffeine, tisanes do not. Also, most of the health benefits that you’ve read about “tea” relate to true tea, not tisanes (though those are good too).