The phrase ‘herbal tea’ has more or less the same meaning. It came into being not because herbal teas have anything to do with the tea plant but because of the dominance of true tea among hot beverages made by infusing leaves. This has resulted in ‘tea’ being taken to cover any such beverage. The existence of flavoured teas (real tea, flavoured with herbs or fruits) is a further source of confusion. It would be preferable to retain ‘tisane’, which has a respectably long tradition as an English word, and to use ‘tea’ only for real tea.