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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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Energy Red from Teatulia

Style: Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea – Region: Blend
May. 21st, 2018

Energy Red is a weird tea, truly an odd bird among herbals I've tried, that comes across flavor-wise as both sweet and mellow, and also reminiscent of the underside of a lawn mower. Yet corporately, it claims to be an energy booster despite no caffeine or sugar, and caters to the hurried and impatient drinker as somet...

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72 / 100
Picture of Egyptian Licorice Mint

Aroma is licorice as expected, but only a little mint. Spices as well. Flavor is medium sweet. Would gladly have again.

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95 / 100
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Bedtime from Yogi Tea

Style: Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea – Region: Blend
Jul. 31st, 2017

If you want a really flavorful relaxing cup of tea, Yogi Bedtime is very nice. I love it!

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95 / 100
Picture of Organic Digestive Herbal Tea Blend

I found this tea by accident at Walmart. I purchased it & to my surprise it was awesome. I had been having some issues with my stomach and this tea really calmed things down. Well eventually I went the entire box & now I can no longer find it. I have searched several Walmart with no luck!

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65 / 100
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Flip this tea's title around and call it "Ginger with Tulsi", and we have an accurate portrayal. I've consumed and reviewed one other Tulsi tea (also containing ginger), and still can't determine what Tulsi is supposed to taste like. Maybe it slathers a mellow veneer over the ginger, because this concoction is fairly...

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