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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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63 / 100
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Friends and family will testify to my potent propensity for production of organic gas, from which they desperately desire relief. This tea, "Organic Gas Relief", therefore came not only recommended, but insistently so. It's touching that so many people care so much.

According to the box, precisely 300 mg each of f...

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68 / 100
Picture of Lemon Ginger Herbal Plus Probiotics

Caveat: While tolerant of them in some combinations and contexts, I'm not a big fan of either lemon or ginger. Please take this rating in the context of assessing the nominal mix of two flavors that, while not repulsive to me, aren't particular favorites either.

When I do have ginger, I look for it to give a good...

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90 / 100
Picture of Throat Coat®

My family has been drinking Throat Coat for at least 15+ years. It's the first thing we reach for when we have colds. It is very soothing on the throat, helps open breathing passages, and temporarily reduces coughing. Highly recommend a 5 min covered steep time, a squeeze of lemon, and honey to taste. On it's own it t...

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70 / 100
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The only difference I've detected between this product and regular Sleepytime is the addition of valerian root to the ingredients list, and a caution on the side of the box about not driving or operating machinery after using, as if this is some herbal-tea version of Ambien or Sominex. Of course, it's not. I'm writin...

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85 / 100
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Plum Fruit Blend from SerendipiTea

Style: Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea – Region: Blend
Jan. 20th, 2019

Another in Serendipitea's line-up of flavorful fruit tisanes. This one is more expensive than the other 2 I tried, and I'm not sure why, since it follows the same pattern of ingredients (apple, hibiscus, rose hips, fruit, and natural flavor.) This has some orange peel and licorice root, which could account for the co...

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Brand:Yogi Tea
Style:Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Teabag
77
7 Ratings
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Throat Coat®

Brand:Traditional Medicinals
Style:Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Teabag
84
7 Ratings
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Green Tea Super Antioxidant

Brand:Yogi Tea
Style:Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
2
5 Ratings
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Sleepytime Extra®

Brand:Celestial Seasonings
Style:Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea
Region:?????
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Teabag
60
4 Ratings
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Woman’s Raspberry Leaf

Brand:Yogi Tea
Style:Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Teabag
56
4 Ratings

Top-Rated Medicinal Tea

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Throat Coat®

Brand:Traditional Medicinals
Style:Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Teabag
84
7 Ratings
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Bedtime

Brand:Yogi Tea
Style:Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Teabag
77
7 Ratings
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Gypsy Cold Care®

Brand:Traditional Medicinals
Style:Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Teabag
63
3 Ratings
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Organic Echinacea Plus®

Brand:Traditional Medicinals
Style:Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Teabag
62
3 Ratings
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Kava Stress Relief®

Brand:Yogi Tea
Style:Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Teabag
61
3 Ratings

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