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When Drinking Herbal Tea is Not a Healthy Choice

A lot of us think that we’re making a healthier choice by having herbal tea instead of other drinks like soda and coffee. While that’s theoretically true, the type of herbal teas we’re drinking might be undermining our efforts for optimal health.

For instance, a lot of people love Teavana – after all, how can one resist their exotic blends like “Pineapple Kona Pop” and “Berry Kiwi Colada”?

Unfortunately, their teas contain artificial flavouring (chemicals) and a lot of them also contained sugared pieces of fruit. To make things worse, people often add their rock sugar into their teas to sweeten it even more. The end result – a cup filled with chemicals and refined sugar.

Teas with “natural flavouring” are no better. Food additives or by-products of food additives can compose part of a natural flavour (even though they are chemicals!)

Furthermore, according to the Canada Food Inspection Agency, “substances which impart flavours which have been derived from a plant or animal source, may be claimed to be ‘natural’”. The United States has a similar definition.

So, you could be a vegetarian or vegan that unconsciously consumes animal products by drinking teas that have been naturally flavoured.

In addition, something like high-fructose corn syrup, which is plant derived (and terrible for your health), may be composing part of the “natural flavour” in your herbal tea.

Since the ingredients that compose the natural flavour are not listed, you really have no idea what you are consuming. Scary!

This issue is even more terrifying if you might have an allergy to a substance that a natural flavour is derived from. Since companies are not required to specify what composes the natural flavour of their products, you won’t know whether you are consuming a substance you might be allergic to (until you break out in hives, your throat closes up and you cannot breathe!) The legal ramifications? None – sadly, as the companies are complying with labeling regulations. Thus far, initiatives for legislative reform of labeling requirements have been unsuccessful.

What should you do?

Stop drinking any herbal teas with artificial or natural flavouring – once in a while might be okay (unless you have an allergy – in which case, it’s probably best to stay clear) but they should not be consumed on a daily basis. If you do, you’ll be adding on to your toxic load.

Here are some of my suggestions for healthy herbal teas that can be consumed on a daily basis and have therapeutic value for your chakras and overall health:

The Sahara Tea Company has many teas that are healthy and taste great (they’re actually my favourite). The blends I like are 100 Mysteries, Samarkand and Beautiful Foolishness.

I am also a huge fan of The Honest Leaf. I love the “Fresh” blend.

Some of David’s Teas are safe, including their organic green rooibos, organic rooibos, and organic silk dragon jasmine tea.

Rishi Tea also has lots of options. I like their white ginseng detox tea and ginger lime rooibos tea.

You can also have Traditional Medicinals. Their Ginger Aid is a great digestive tea.

Happy “safe” herbal tea drinking! 🙂

Healing with Herbal Teas

I’m going to be frank – once upon a time, I hated herbal teas. I had read about all the amazing health benefits associated with them and really wanted to like them but just couldn’t bring myself to incorporate them into my daily regimen due to their bland taste. They tasted like diluted flavoured water and I was an avid coffee drinker so in comparison, herbal teas seemed really boring.

One day, I stumbled across some herbal teas at a vegan restaurant that sounded too good to ignore so I ordered them. I didn’t regret my decision – they were yummy! I began to do more research and found some others that tasted just as good.

Herbs have properties, which affect your body and chakras. So it is worthwhile considering which herbal teas might be able to assist with restoring your chakras to a state of balance.

Here is a list of my favourite herbal teas and the chakras they work with:

Spring Dragon Longevity Tea
If there is any tea that you should incorporate into your daily regimen as a health tonic, this is it. This sweet tea is composed of gynostemma, astalagus, goji berries, schizandra, and Luo Han Guo (fruit). These ingredients are anti-stress, anti-aging and a great source of antioxidants. The tea is energizing yet calming.

In terms of chakas, this tea works predominantly on the heart and root chakras, making it an excellent choice for preventative and restorative health care.

Rishi Ginger Lime Rooibos Tea
This tea is composed of rooibos, ginger, lemon and licorice. It’s a great antixoidant and digestive tea that assists the solar plexus chakra.

Sahara Tea 100 Mysteries
This is a sweet herbal tea consisting of roobios, coconut, herbs, fruit and almonds. It is considered to be a wellness tea for those who are prone to anxiety. I find that it corresponds to the third eye and sacral chakras. It goes great with dessert!

Sahara Tea Beautiful Foolishness
This is a wonderful tasting white tea that is blended with pomegranate, coconut, exotic fruit and spices. Since it is a white tea, it is great for detoxing and for your skin. White teas work predominantly on the crown chakra, which may explain the “healthy glow” that you get from drinking them.

If you feel like you’d enjoy some of the teas above, check them out! Please also feel free to share any herbal teas that you like by leaving a comment below.

Happy herbal tea drinking!