Herbal tea isn't even an issue, because it's only a tea in the sense it's brewed.After SS, my 15 year old daughter came up to me and "confessed" that she had tried some herbal and Green tea with one of her friends, and she was concerned that she "didn't feel guilty" about it - even though she had attended the youth temple trip. We had a good talk...
If anyone's looking for a tea substitute which is drinkable, I recommend rooisbos (redbush) which is a plant from South Africa. It takes about twice as long to brew as black tea does, and makes a reasonable drink. (I've never found a decent coffee substitute yet, but that's another story) It has no caffeine, and is not
http://www.www.helium.com/items/1539595 ... -of-africa (According to this website, ?black tea is the most drunk drink in the world after water.)Africa also has its own tea plant, called Rooisbos (or Red diamond or Red bush). This is produced mainly in South Africa and is not exactly tea, but infused like tea. The species of this plant is different from the common tea plant, Camellia Sinensis and the scientific name of Rooisbos is Aspalathus linearis which belongs to legume family of plants.
It is harvested in the summer whereas real tea leaves are harvested in the spring. Rooisbos can be prepared in the same manner as the usual black tea. However, the brew has a reddish brown color, explaining why it is also referred as red tea. It is free of caffeine and more like herbal tea with nutritional and health benefits. Nevertheless, it is marketed like tea.
I've yet to read horror stories about red bush tea, but I know that there can be problems with certain other teas, e.g. tea made with raspberry leaves contains poisons, and chamomile, which is nice in small quantities but bad for you in large quantities. There's a strange drink that they have in South America called mate, which I think has much more caffeine than tea does, and is probably worse for you.
Then there's tea tree, which isn't a form of tea either!