Lots of people are turning to Detox drinks as an easy way of dealing with the toxins picked up in our “normal” Western life style. One of the most popular types of detox drink is tea, so today we’re taking a look at a particular tea from the “Yogi” range.
This is quite a range with 60 teas in it –some green teas, some black and some decaffeinated. There are 4 Detox teas and we are looking at the general detox tea called “Yogi DeTox Tea“.
This is one of the Indian teas similar to Chai– it has spicy and sweet ingredients and you either love it or you hate it.
Most people don’t just love it they LOVE IT!
Taste aside, the tea is presented in a teabag and needs to brew for 5 to 10 minutes.
The ingredients are an impressive range of herbs and spices and out of interest this is the entire list
1. Indian Sarsaparilla Root
2. Cinnamon Bark
3. Ginger Root
4. Licorice Root
5. Burdock Root
6. Dandelion Root
7. Cardamom Seed
8. Clove Bud
9. Black Pepper
10. Long Pepper Berry
11. Chinese Amur Cork Tree Bark
12. Japanese Honeysuckle Flower
13. Forsythia Fruit
14. Gardenia Flower
15. Skullcap Leaf
16. Chinese Goldenthread Root
17. Rhubarb Root
18. Wax Gourd
19. Juniper Berry Extract
With 19 ingredients I have to duck out of discussing and explaining each one – but I am going to cover the top 6 in the list in some detail and summarise the formula as a whole.
1.Indian Sarsaparilla Root
Traditionally used as a Spring Tonic and to stimulate the flow of bile, helping to decongest both the liver and gall bladder. NB this is not the same as American Sarsaparilla, it is a completely different plant.
This is one of the ingredients that appeals to lovers of spicy and aromatic teas! Traditional herbal use is as an anti-spasmodic and carminative tea which means that it relaxes muscles and it promotes digestion. It is also used as an anti-microbial and anti-helmintic –so it acts against infection by bacteria and worms. Also cinnamon stimulates appetite and has been used to treat anorexia.
Well known for being used in biscuits and cakes, ginger has a powerful role as a tea much used by travellers for its anti-nausea properties and by those fighting a cold or flu. Ginger promotes perspiration adding detox via the skin and stimulates circulation.
Like Cinnamon and Ginger, Licorice/liquorice is widely used in foods for flavouring. But it is a major herb in Oriental Medicine and included in many herbal formulas. First it has an endocrine action by stabilising hormones especially oestrogen. It is also anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial.
One special point needs mentioning about licorice and is whether it can raise your blood pressure. It is true that people eating too much licorice confectionery have experienced some temporary rise in blood pressure. From that we might think that the same could happen with a herbal tea containing licorice.
My judgement on this is that it is unlikely to be an issue due to the small amount of licorice in the tea compared to the large amounts in the sweets, but by all means monitor your blood pressure or avoid this particular tea if this is a concern for you.
This is a well known and well used digestive stimulant and stimulator of bile, making it useful in liver detox programmes. It has a healing action on the skin and has been used specifically to help cases of eczema and psoriasis.
It is a diuretic and aids kidney function and cystitis.
One of the best all round detox herbs – and,yes this is the ordinary dandelion that shows up in gardens and is usually pulled up and disposed of!
The leaf and the root have a detox action and the leaf can be included in salads, green juices and smoothies.
It is a good general tonic and a powerful diuretic. It may help to heal inflammation and congestion of the liver. Some anti tumour activity has been found in experimental conditions.
So much for the 6 major ingredients of the tea.
Some of the remaining ingredients contribute to the peppery taste and help the body detox further. In the design of this tea we have a very balanced and well thought out detox tea which can be used with almost no effort.
As part of a healthy lifestyle regular use of this Yogi Detox tea can help you detox a little every day and make your”proper” detox periods easier!
The only caveat I would raise is a possible concern about using what I call standard licorice which has a small possibility of raising blood pressure.
I think this is probably overblown but if you are concerned then just pick up a tea without licorice or with DGL licorice which does not contain the type of licorice concerned with blood pressure.
Overall this is a powerful detox tea that tastes good and is gentle enough to use daily. I use it so it is for me. Now you have to decide whether or not it is for thee! You may be able to find this in your local Health shop or whole food shops or try Amazon on this link.