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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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72 / 100
Picture of Organic Lemon Echinacea Throat Coat®

As medicinal herbals go, this one was OK—not as OK as Oklahoma pronounced itself on 1970s license plates, but OK nonetheless. The dry bag gave off a pronounced licorice aroma, which doesn't bother me, since I'm cool with licorice. But some folks hate licorice, and I predict they won't take a shine to the smell or t...

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78 / 100

Cup at home, made from a teabag containing a mixture of ginger root, liquorice root, elderflower, sweet fennel seed, lemon verbana leaf, tumeric root, lemon essential oil flavour, lemon whole, lemon myrtle leaf, all sprinkled with manuka honey flavour. Pours somewhat hazy straw with no sediment. Clear aroma of liquoric...

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87 / 100
Picture of Organic Herbal Supplement: Detox Cleansing Blend

With similar coloration of the outer box, as well as ingredients, I suspect this is the Trader Joe's imitation of Yogi's "DeTox" product. However, I can't compare the two directly, since I haven't (yet) tried the Yogi version. Still, this is the best wellness/medicinal tea I've had to date, one of the best herbal te...

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72 / 100
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Valerian Nights from DAVIDsTEA

Style: Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea – Region: Blend
Dec. 26th, 2020

Prep: 200F, 1 sachet, 12oz, 5min

Aroma: There is a lot going on here. I’ll just say the coconut is most prevalent but many other notes are in the background. 7/10

Flavor: There is a good bit of coconut and apple here. I’m not well versed in some of the other items included but I’m generally impressed. 7/1...

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70 / 100
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Half-litre pot at home (as Erkältungszeit), made from a sample included in the tea company's Advent Tea Calendar (2020) and consisting of leaves of Moldavian balm, ribgrass, thyme, and sage, as well as the blossom of elderflower and mallow - all of them organic. Pours clear olive greenish amber (against white china) w...

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

Brand:Celestial Seasonings
Style:Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea
Region:?????
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Teabag
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Egyptian Licorice

Brand:Yogi Tea
Style:Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Teabag
55
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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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Brand:Yogi Tea
Style:Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Teabag
77
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Gypsy Cold Care®

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

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

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