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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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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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37 / 100
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Seeing the questionable claims made by some wellness-tea makers, including this one on its site, raises my blood pressure. That rather opposes the stated intent of this tea! Fortunately that effect is temporary. It's wise to heed the last part of RateTea's description of Triple Leaf: "Some of this company's product...

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71 / 100
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Yet another culled from my sister-in-law's large and diverse organic/natural-tea collection, which has included a lot of Yogi teas, this is one of the better-tasting ones from either her clay jar or the Yogi teas I've tried.

The dry bag and in-cup aromas reminded me of a generic store-brand green tea with mild spea...

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99 / 100
Picture of Yogi Soothing Caramel Bedtime

I really love this tea! It does actually kind of smell like caramel like the name would suggest, it is a pleasant aroma and no too strong. This tea is very smooth and thick-bodied and relaxing to drink. It seems pretty high quality and all the flavors in the tea work really nicely. It is neither bitter nor astringent w...

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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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Brand:Yogi Tea
Style:Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Teabag
91
7 Ratings
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Throat Coat®

Brand:Traditional Medicinals
Style:Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Teabag
93
6 Ratings
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Green Tea Super Antioxidant

Brand:Yogi Tea
Style:Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
9
5 Ratings
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Egyptian Licorice

Brand:Yogi Tea
Style:Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Teabag
73
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
74
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
93
6 Ratings
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Bedtime

Brand:Yogi Tea
Style:Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Teabag
91
7 Ratings
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Sleepytime Extra®

Brand:Celestial Seasonings
Style:Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea
Region:?????
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Teabag
83
3 Ratings
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Gypsy Cold Care®

Brand:Traditional Medicinals
Style:Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Teabag
80
3 Ratings
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Organic Echinacea Plus®

Brand:Traditional Medicinals
Style:Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Teabag
78
3 Ratings

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