Lots of people are turning to Detox drinks as an easy way of dealing with the toxins picked up in our “normal” Western style lives. 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:
- Indian Sarsaparilla Root
- Cinnamon Bark
- Ginger Root
- Licorice Root
- Burdock Root
- Dandelion Root
- Cardamom Seed
- Clove Bud
- Black Pepper
- Long Pepper Berry
- Chinese Amur Cork Tree Bark
- Japanese Honeysuckle Flower
- Forsythia Fruit
- Gardenia Flower
- Skullcap Leaf
- Chinese Goldenthread Root
- Rhubarb Root
- Wax Gourd
- 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. Here goes…
Indian Sarsaparilla Root
Traditionally used as a Spring Tonic and to stimulate the flow of bile, helping to decongest bot 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 appeal to lovers of spicy and aromatic teas! Traditional herbal use is as an anti-spasmodic and carminative which means that it relaxes muscles and it promotes digestion.
It is also used as an antimicrobial and anthelmintic – so it acts against infection by bacteria or 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 travelers for it’s 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 flavoring. But it is a major herb in Oriental Medicine and included in many herbal formulas.
First it has an endocrine action by stabilizing hormones especially oestrogen. It is also anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial actions.
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 simulator 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 antitumour 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 though out detox tea which can be used with almost no effort.
As part of a healthy lifestyle regular use of this 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 than just pick up a tea without licorice or with DGL licorice which does not contain the herbal ingredient concerned with blood pressure.