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I grew up drinking tea from a very young age. My father is Indian, and it’s custom to drink “Indian tea,” as we called it, or chai to others, a few times a day.
If you can believe it, my first sip of tea was around the young age of (gasp!) 3 or 4. And through the years, I’ve enjoyed so many different types of this warm beverage. I went through a decaf phase in college, enjoyed chamomile when I had issues de-stressing and falling asleep, and always enjoyed a good cup of black tea when I needed a pick-me-up. But not once did I ever think about what was in that little mesh bag. Until this past September, that is.
I was at a healthy living conference in California when Traditional Medicinals invited me to a private tasting event. It ended up being so informative and opened my eyes and mind to something I’d never thought of before. So we’re thrilled to be partnering with them today on this post!
What’s in the Bag?
At the event, one of the Traditional Medicinals herbalists shared samples of their plants and herbs – all pharmacopoeial-grade, which is a quality standard for herbs, vitamins and drugs that ensures the right quality and correct effect for their intended purpose. I was amazed at the smells that were given off from the dried herbs, but also the knowledge of the herbalist in what each plant could provide to people (see uses below).
This tasting event opened my eyes to all the thought and formulations and knowledge and approvals that go into those teas – that likely didn’t go into many of the teas I’d ingested in the past. Especially the teas I relied on during and after pregnancy, a time when I was so conscious about what I was putting in and on my body.
It sounds silly, I’m sure, but obviously there are plants that went into the makings of so many other tea bags I’ve used. But there were also probably pesticides, chemicals and who knows what else inside that I was pouring my boiling water over. I just hadn’t thought about it until now. Boy, am I glad I did.
When shopping for “real” tea:
- Look for USDA Organic Certified (or at least Non-GMO Project Certified)
- Avoid ingredients like Natural Flavors and Artificial Flavors
- If looking for teas with a specific health benefit, look for pharmacopoeial-grade herbs (usually on the side panel/supplement facts)
Uses for Tea
Though I realized there is a world of education out there that I can learn about when it comes to herbs, their uses, and how they are in teas (and other areas), right now I mostly drink tea for enjoyment. So I have personally been turned on to their herbal teas. But Traditional Medicinals also has so many other purposeful* teas, and some of their best sellers include:
- Mother’s Milk – For use when nursing.
- Ginger Aid – Helps to alleviate nausea (I used it during my first trimesters of pregnancy).
- Peppermint - Soothing for your stomach and aids in digestion.
- Throat Coat – Best loved for the TLC that it provides to, you guessed it, your throat.
- Smooth Move – One of their best sellers, which relieves occasional constipation thanks to the senna herb, which we learned has effects, which, well, you get the picture.
- Chamomile with Lavender – Calming and a great choice for sitting back and enjoying with good company.
While I’m curious to learn more about herbs and what different remedies/properties they bring, for now I’m glad to look twice before just dunking any ol’ bag into my tea cup.
Are you also a tea drinker? And did you ever think about what was in the tea bag? I’d love for you to share your thoughts in the comments below!
*Traditional Medicinal teas are herbal supplements designed for common, self-care type conditions. They cannot be used to ‘restore,”correct,’ ‘prevent,’ ‘mitigate,’ cure,’ or ‘treat’ disease states.