This plant originated in China and it is cultivated there and in other Asian countries. The Fujian region of China is highly known and appreciated for its amazing tea varieties. All the teas we know such as green tea, black tea, oolong tea are all coming from the same source, Camellia Sinensis, that is.
What about the other herbal teas? Well the word “tea” is actually wrongly used to describe other plant infusions such as mate, rooibos, hibiscus, chamomile and so on. The other plants from which we make herbal beverages do not give us tea as a product, but infusions or tisanes. So herbal teas aren’t at all teas. There are herbal beverages similar to tea, but similarity isn’t identity.