Herbal tea is regarded as a healthy alternative to regular tea and coffee, given its many health and medicinal properties. There is an herbal tea remedy for just about every ailment; green tea is a good herbal tea for weight loss, chamomile tea for colds and aiding sleep, and peppermint tea for constipation. While herbal teas are truly nature’s gift to mankind and are celebrated around the world, there are several things that seem to be causing confusion in the minds of many regarding them. Read on to find out more!
Herbal teas are not really an alternative to teas with caffeine
While it is true that some herbal teas do contain certain amounts of caffeine and the likely names that may have come up when you were doing your research regarding them are guarana tea, prepared from the black seeds of the guarana fruit, consumed for its many medicinal and health properties and yerba mate tea, prepared from the naturally caffeinated and nourishing leaves of the South American rainforest holly tree (Ilex paraguariensis) which has almost as much caffeine as coffee, most herbal teas are naturally caffeine free. For example, peppermint tea, chamomile tea and ginger tea, to name a few, are all one hundred percent caffeine free naturally. So before you start worrying about your favorite herbal tea not being an alternative to the caffeinated tea versions, give yourself a break. You are not doing anything wrong. Just make sure to read the labels of the brand that you’re buying to ensure that that some caffeine is not blended in the product that is supposed to be caffeine free. If you find that is the case, you have a plethora of other options to choose from.
Herbal teas can cause allergies and interaction with meds
You’ve probably heard someone say that they avoid herbal tea because this one time that they had it, they came down with a really bad allergy. And that may have put you on edge too. But that is absurd. Herbal teas within themselves do not cause allergies or interact with your medication just like the next thing you eat/drink. You just need to make sure that the compound you are allergic to is not present in the tea of your choice, and you can simply do that by reading labels (which as a sensible individual with potential allergic reaction to a substance you do on a regular basis anyway). So for example, if you suffer from allergies related to the daisy plant family, it is likely that you will be allergic to chamomile herbal tea, so it’s best to stay away from it and try another herbal tea option like peppermint, or hibiscus tea.
But what about them reacting with your medication? Well, it’s always recommended that you ask your doctor what substances to avoid while you are on a certain medication. He will put you on ease by either telling you that you should avoid a certain herbal tea for a while, or that you can continue to have it without worrying yourself in the slightest!
Herbal teas are a no-no while pregnant/breastfeeding
Many people think that being pregnant or a breastfeeding mom means that you have to steer clear of herbal tea at all cost! That is not true at all. While it’s obviously commendable that you are extra cautious and concerned about the safety of your child, indulging in your favorite cup of herbal tea once or twice a day is not going to be harmful. There are many options that are safe to be consumed while pregnant for example peppermint tea and thyme leaf tea. Also, ginger tea is commonly used to ease morning sickness and is safe for pregnant women. The ones that need to be avoided include hibiscus, lemongrass, nettle leaf, rosemary and sage. So once again confirm with your doctor if a certain type of tea is safe to be consumed by you. Replacing drinks such as coffee and carbonated sodas with herbal tea will also help you to reduce your caffeine intake which are not very good for your child’s health. So don’t feel guilty momma! You’re doing good.
Summing it all up, herbal teas are safe to be consumed and will not harm you. They are low on sugar, and caffeine making it a great alternative to regular tea, coffee, and carbonated drinks. This means that they’re safe for pregnant and breastfeeding moms too. Also, there is no such thing as excessive consumption of herbal tea because while the recommended maximum intake of caffeinated teas is no more than five 1-cup servings per day, caffeine-free teas, such as herbal teas can safely be consumed up to eight cups of tea per day.
Hope that clarifies some of your misconceptions about herbal tea. Happy tea drinking!