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Last Updated: Mar. 14, 2014 

About Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea

Upside down square metal tea tin lid, loose-leaf dried herbs showing dark gray-green leaf and straw-colored stemPeppermint is one of many herbs used as a medicinal herb. Photo from pxhere, Public Domain.
Wellness tea, also called medicinal tea, is tea that is prepared primarily for health purposes. A defining aspect of wellness tea is that the flavor and aroma of the tea, while important, is a secondary characteristic. Wellness teas are central to herbalism, although there are also other ways of administering herbs.

While most people associate herbal teas with medicinal teas, some medicinal teas contain the tea plant Camellia Sinensis and are thus not strictly herbal teas. Interestingly, the use of the tea plant originated in ancient China as medicine. Also, many herbal teas are blended primarily for taste rather than health or medicinal properties.

The boundary between wellness teas and other teas is blurry, as many teas are produced, marketed, and consumed both for their taste as well as health benefits. To avoid subjective judgments, RateTea lists as "wellness teas" those that are identified or marketed as such. The exception to this rule is that we classify some types of tea (such as green tea, chamomile tea, hibiscus tea, etc.) that are widely consumed as beverages under these categories rather than as a wellness tea. We also do our best to classify teas as wellness teas when they contain ingredients not generally recognized as safe for beverage consumption, or herbs with strong medicinal effects, such as licorice or valerian.

Scams and false health claims:

Tea and herbal teas that are marketed as beverages are not as strictly regulated by the FDA as some drugs are. Furthermore, teas that are marketed as nutritional supplements can also have lax regulation. Many companies marketing wellness teas make claims about the health benefits or medicinal properties of their teas that are not backed by solid science. In some cases, no scientific work is cited, whereas in other cases, studies are selected that support a particular perspective, without attempting to assess the validity of the studies or place them in a broader context that looks at the total of all scientific study of a particular herb or treatment. It is best to not believe anything that comes from a company promoting an herb, and instead to seek independent sources of information that use comprehensive scientific reviews to cite their facts.

Particular caution should be used when buying weight loss teas, as weight loss is one area where companies frequently make unfounded claims and sell inferior products at inflated prices. Some "wellness teas" marketed for weight loss purposes can even be dangerous.

Warning!

RateTea does not endorse any claims companies make about the efficacy of their wellness teas. Many companies marketing wellness teas in the U.S. provide disclaimers that their claims have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.

Wellness teas can contain potent herbal medicines. Like any medicines, these teas can have side-effects, including potentially dangerous ones. Carefully research and consult a healthcare professional before consuming any teas marketed as wellness teas.

We do not exhaustively check the ingredients in herbal teas and blends. Companies can and do market teas as beverages that contain ingredients not safe for general consumption.

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Throat Comfort® from Yogi Tea

Style: Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea – Region: Blend
Dec. 2nd, 2018

The aroma smells strongly of licorice but it also has a musty smelling undertone, I really enjoy that! The first ingredient of this tea is licorice root which I normally really love in herbal teas because of its natural sweetness, but this one tastes kind of weird and and the sweetness of the licorice overpowers any ot...

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72 / 100
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Kava Stress Relief® from Yogi Tea

Style: Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea – Region: Blend
Nov. 29th, 2018

The thing that really stands out to me is how good this tea smells! It smells a bit sweet and like cinnamon which I really enjoy. The flavor is good at first but it leaves a slightly bitter and astringent aftertaste. I think the bitterness may be from the cardamom in the tea. Overall this is a decent cup of tea and it ...

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91 / 100
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Egyptian Licorice from Yogi Tea

Style: Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea – Region: Blend
Nov. 28th, 2018

I really like this tea so much! I enjoy licorice teas in general for their natural sweetness and this one in particular is pretty strong which I like. I know some people wouldn’t like it because of how sweet it is, so this definitely isn’t for everyone. I don’t even have much of a sweet tooth normally but there...

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93 / 100
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Breathe Deep from Yogi Tea

Style: Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea – Region: ?????
Nov. 28th, 2018

I really enjoy this tea, I like this particular blend of herbs! It’s actually pretty sweet even though it doesn’t have any artificial sweeteners or sugars, which is a big plus for me. Even though it has very strong herbs like ginger and mint, it doesn’t taste too overwhelming at all. It’s actually very soothing...

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80 / 100
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I would give this tea a good rating. I started drinking it yesterday for my lost voice, sore throat and cold, and three cups and 12 hours later I could talk again. The ginger flavor and aroma must be reasonably strong-- I can still detect it even while ill. Like most real ginger teas, this one burns a little going do...

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Brand:Yogi Tea
Style:Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
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Throat Coat®

Brand:Traditional Medicinals
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Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
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Brand:Yogi Tea
Style:Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
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Egyptian Licorice

Brand:Yogi Tea
Style:Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Teabag
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Brand:Yogi Tea
Style:Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Teabag
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Kava Stress Relief®

Brand:Yogi Tea
Style:Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Teabag
94
3 Ratings
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Throat Coat®

Brand:Traditional Medicinals
Style:Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Teabag
88
6 Ratings
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Organic Echinacea Plus®

Brand:Traditional Medicinals
Style:Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Teabag
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Brand:Yogi Tea
Style:Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Teabag
74
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Gypsy Cold Care®

Brand:Traditional Medicinals
Style:Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Teabag
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