"Tea began as a medicine and grew into a beverage." - Okakura KaKuzo, The Book of Tea 1906
Tea comes from the camellia sinensis plant. Full stop. There are six types of tea recognized by the global tea industry which include white, green, yellow, oolong and puerh. Tisanes (tĭ-zăn′, -zän′) a French term for "herbal infusion", is the decoction or infusion of fruit, flowers, plants, herbs or spices other than that of the camellia sinensis plant.