Detox Tea and Its Benefits

Consider the use of detox tea in your daily cleansing process.

The History of Tea

Tea's history is nearly 5,000 years old. It all began in 2737 B.C. when the Emporer of China, Shen Nung, ordered that all water used for drinking should be boiled first. While visiting a city in his realm, water was being boiled for the Emporer and members of his court to drink. Some leaves fell off a bush into the water, and the water turned a brownish color. The Emporer drank some of the water, found it tasted good, and tea was discovered.

By the 1600s, tea had made its way to Europe via the trade routes. It had become popular in Holland and later was introduced in England and other European countries.

Eventually making its way to America, tea was first offered in tea bags in 1908. Thomas Sullivan, of New York is credited with developing this innovative technique of brewing tea.

Today, tea is an extremely popular drink throughout the world, and the use of tea as a beverage is only surpassed by the consumption of water.

Many studies have been done on the benefits of drinking tea. One in particular conducted by the National Cancer Institute in 2007, found that green tea caused the body to produce up to 80% more detoxifying enzymes. These particular enzymes can actually convert carcinogens to non-toxic chemicals. Not having enough of these enzymes has been shown to correlate with an increased risk of developing some types of cancer.

Drinking Tea

Other studies done on the effects of drinking tea are very interesting. For example, it has been found that the anti-cancer properties of the antioxidant polyphenols in tea can reduce the risk of gastric, esophageal and skin cancers. To obtain these effects, it is only necessary to drink about 4 to 6 cups of tea a day.

It has also been shown that drinking only 2 cups of tea a day can lower the risk of ovarian cancer in women by a whopping 46%. Polyphenols can help prevent blood clotting and can even lower cholesterol.

A study done in Japan also showed that green tea can lower the death rate from heart disease. Talk about a great reason to drink tea!

Two Types of Tea

There are two basic categories of tea: Herbal and non-herbal. Of the non-herbal teas, there are four groups: black, green, white and oolong.

Non-herbal teas all come from a warm-weather evergreen tree called Camellia sinensis.

White tea is the least processed of these types, then green tea. These two types are steamed quickly and receive no other processing. White tea is picked from the new leaves in early spring, The young leaves contain no chlorophyll, so instead of being green they are a silvery white color.

After the leaves mature a little longer, green tea is harvested, but again there is little processing of these leaves. Its color is a light green or golden color. The taste is quite delicate and is a favorite in Japan. The U.S. market for green tea has increased greatly in the past few years because of all the studies done showing that green tea reduces the risk of cancer.

Many studies have been done on the benefits of drinking tea. One in particular conducted by the National Cancer Institute in 2007, found that Green Tea caused the body to produce up to 80% more detoxifying effects.

Black and oolong teas are dried some, crushed and then they are fermented. This process causes the tea to become oxidized. Oolong is more like a cross between green tea and black tea, not being oxidized as much as a true black tea.

Even considering the difference in the time of harvesting and the methods of processing, all teas contain polyphenols. Tea actually contains a higher ORAC score (a measure of the antioxidant power of food) than most fruits and vegetables, making it a very powerful method of detox and a very healthy addition to the daily diet. Antioxidants reduce free radicals, which are considered to be major contributors to chronic disease. They also help to repair damage to cells caused by free radicals.

Herbal Detox Teas

Detox teas are so named because they contain herbs to help the organs to cleanse, or detox. While the body is capable of detoxing on its own, and does it on a regular basis, the overwhelming number of chemicals and toxins in our surroundings today make it virtually impossible for our organs to detox completely without some sort of help.

Detox teas can contain a single herb, or a mixture of herbs which help to cleanse various organs of the body. You should choose a detox tea based on which organ or organs you wish to target in your cleanse. The herbal components of detox teas can be made from flowers, peels, seeds, roots, fruits or bark of various plants.

Detox Tea

Most detox teas have no caffeine. Herbal teas contain natural herbs, which have no side effects. dosage is so small they have a very mild effect on the body. There are, however, very effective.

The best time to drink tea is in the morning.

If you drink the tea in the morning, it helps the body to continue its detox process for a longer time.

The best time of day to drink tea is in the morning upon awakening. After a good night’s sleep, your body has been cleansed while you rest. If you drink the tea in the morning, it helps the body to continue its detox process for a longer time. It helps you to relax and you will feel refreshed for the remainder of the day.

One benefit of detox teas is that while they work to heal your body through their antioxidant properties, they also taste wonderful. The pleasant taste of tea is a great way to start your day.

Popular and Useful Herbal Teas

You’ll find there are many, many varieties of herbal teas. Each has its own properties that help in detoxing certain organs, or for helping certain conditions. All help in the detox process in one way or another.

Many detox teas are made up of a combination of herbs, instead of a single variety. Most of the time they are meant to target cleansing of a single organ, or a number of organs. Some teas, such as chamomile have a calming effect and are wonderful for helping you to get a good night’s sleep.

You’ll find herbal teas at your local grocery, a health food store, or any whole foods market will carry a variety of wonderful teas. Here’s a list of herbs you’ll find alone or in combination with other herbs in detox teas:

  • Milk thistle
  • Cardamom seed
  • Black peppercorn
  • Cinnamon bark
  • Clove bud
  • Ginger root
  • Sasparilla root
  • Echinacea
  • Red clover
  • Burdock root
  • Fennel seed
  • Juniper berry
  • Licorice root
  • Orange peel
  • Pau d' Arco inner bark
  • Sassafras root
  • Uva Ursi leaf
  • Horsetail herb
  • Dandelion tea
  • Parsley leaf

If you try a few of these wonderful teas, I’m sure you’ll agree with me that they are a refreshing and tasty way to help your body to detox. A wonderful way to incorporate several of these powerful herbs and spices into your daily diet is to drink a favorite of mine, Dandelion chai tea. It's just one more delicious and wonderful way to help your body in its daily detox activity.