zencha wrote:good point .
Herbal Tisanes ?
rabbit wrote:WATCH YO MOUTH! ... Herbal teas do not exist.
This is just semantics, but I've noticed that the word "tea" is used much more loosely in the English language than "chai" or "cha" in their respective languages (even Western ones like French). From dictionary.com
4. any kind of leaves, flowers, etc., so used [to prepare a beverage by steeping], or any plant yielding them.
5. any of various infusions prepared from the leaves, flowers, etc., of other plants, and used as beverages or medicines.
In other words, in English, "tea" does not refer strictly
to cha, but many think it does. It seems to me that this ambiguity and the resulting confusion arises at least partially from tea drinkers in the West being so far removed from the origin of tea.