If herbs are not tea, what do you call herbs?

Tea is a plant.  It's one plant but comes in many varieties.  I like to compare it to grapes because with grapes you can make wine.  So just like grapes there is tea.  The scientific name is called Camellia Sinensis.  Depending on where it's grown it can produce a variety of flavors as well.  It really is an amazing plant.  It has a lot of great qualities.  Especially because of the amino acid it carries.  L-Theanine.  It breaks the blood brain barrier and gives you a quick sense of calm. 

Peppermint is not a tea.  Rooibos is not a tea.  Chamomile is not a tea.  If it is not produced by a camellia sinensis then it's an herb.  If you brew it like a tea it is called a tisane.  If no tea is contained in your steeping of whatever plant you put in the hot water then it's a tisane.  However, lemon or honey added to hot water is not considered a tisane.  It's called lemon-water.  Or water with honey in it. 

Tea can come as white, green, oolong, black, or pu-ehr.  Those are the ones common in the United States currently.  There are other varieties that haven't quite caught on but they are out there.  All tea is the same except for the way it's prepared.  Green and white teas are preserved whereas oolong and black teas have been oxidized.  There are different effects as well as caffiene levels in each type of tea based on its processing.  Green and white are better overall but most Americans prefer the black teas.  If you are drinking tea to keep optimal health functions then stick to white and green.  This does not mean it's a cure-all but great at preventing the worst of symptoms and assists with recovery quicker.  That is if you have tea in your system before you become ill.  Oolong is great for digestion. 

Starbucks, your tea sucks

When ordering green tea at Starbucks they fail to mention they add a sweetener.  I'm over the sugar being added to everything, especially for children.  I have yet to find any kid-friendly beverages offered  by Starbucks.  Except milk which is questionable.  Even the soy milk is suspected of being GMO so other than water what is safe? 

Recently I entered a Starbucks and agreed with my 9 year old daughter that a green tea would be an acceptable choice for her.  I specifically asked that they do not add the sweetener.  I tasted it before I handed it to her and either they added it anyways or it just naturally comes sweet at Starbucks.  As an avid green tea drinker I can honestly say there isn't much original green tea flavor in their green tea.  I get it, green tea is not the favorite flavor for most people but sweetening it beyond recognition is nearly a crime.   Especially when I'm trying to keep my child from becoming a diabetic.

Starbucks, you are doing it wrong.