Herbal teas — aka tisanes — aren't like typical teas as they don't come from the Camellia Sinensis plant. They're made using a wide variety of ingredients including roots, mushrooms, flowers, and much more. They can be the lone ingredient or combined with others to create new and exciting flavors.
Our Turmeric Ginger Tea is an excellent example of this. It uses turmeric root and ginger root, and depending on the proportions we can alter the taste.
Now we know what herbal teas are and we know that they can be made from a range of ingredients, but are herbal teas good for you?
The consensus is yes, kind of.
I know what you're thinking. "Kind of?"
Yup! It's true that these teas are made from ingredients like burdock root and chaga mushroom, which have been time-tested as traditional remedies, however, scientifically speaking, there isn't that much evidence that proves drinking herbal teas can have a significant effect on your body.
Let's use our Burdock Root Tea as an example:
√ 100% organically sourced
√ It contains antioxidants
√ No artificial flavoring, sweeteners, chemicals, non-GMO
√ Contains vitamins and minerals
Sounds great, right? That's because burdock root is made up of good stuff, but that's not the point we're trying to make. When you drink a cup of tea, how much are you actually consuming? Our tea bags contain about 1.4 grams, and although that's a bit more than our competitors, it's still unlikely to have a huge effect on your body.
What you should acknowledge is: when you drink tea you're not drinking something else like coffee or soda. Think about all those calories and sugars you aren't consuming anymore. Instead, you're replacing them with water and a small dose of nutrition.
That's why when you're searching for the "healthiest tea" we recommend you focus on the taste and caffeine content. The odds are that the ingredients will have a similar impact on your health. So, if you're trying to make the switch from coffee to tea, or you're trying to find what tea is the healthiest, you're better off just going with the one you enjoy and make a habit of it.
To wrap things up, while drinking herbal teas can play a role in your health, the greatest effect tea will have on you is from not drinking other beverages that are high in sugars or other additives. Now go out there and find the tea for you!
Check out our collection here because who knows? Maybe we have your perfect tea in stock!
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