The idea of detox is a very odd one. It is, essentially, a marketing ploy to sell products which have little effect on the body, and enables plain herbal teas and other products to be sold for a higher price. The human body, after millions of years of evolution, is very good at getting rid of toxins. Anything your body doesn't need is filtered out by the digestive system and the kidneys. Some of these teas act as diuretics, but they do not remove toxins from the body. As with all teas apart from the ones with proven medical effects (such as some of the sleep-inducing teas) you're best off opting for one that you like the taste of. The medical benefits are likely to be minimal if they exist at all. If you read the labels of these detox teas very carefully, the claims are extremely vague because it's no longer legal to make health claims that you can't back up with evidence. Don't be taken in by the advertising.
2 stars because some of the brands are pleasant to drink.
I have been drinking Yogi Bhajan's detox tea for a couple months, I usually have a cup every morning for a week then skip a week then start again the next week. I brew mine with two tea bags to get a good effect. I think the taste is wonderful as is the smell, I really don't know what everyone is complaining about. I can see it upsetting your stomach if you are not used to healthy things. I am a vegetarian and I eat very well and practice yoga and meditation, and I do not find it to be a problem with my stomach or excessive toilet use. If it is rough on your stomach I would suggest giving it a constant use of two weeks and then re-evaluating. I believe detoxing is a very important part of staying healthy.
Yogi detox tea does state that it should not be consumed if pregnant or nursing. Perhaps that was added to the package after the previous review. As for taste, it is fantastic. As for effects, I am consuming my first mug right now, so it's too early to tell. It has a nice floral aroma and I look forward to having more later.
I can be a bit of a fruit and herbal tea junkie at times. I go through phases where I drink gallons of the stuff (alongside water, and hot water with lemon). I suppose it makes me feel saintly and virtuous. Im going through one of those phases as it is January and I ate far too much rubbish and drank quite a lot of alcohol. One of the boxes of tea I purchased was the detox tea from Dr Stuarts range of botanical teas.
What is it?
Doctor Stuarts Botanical tea is a range of naturally caffeine free pseudo-medicinal herbal teas that have all natural ingredients (there are no flavourings unlike some of the other herbal and fruit tea companies). He seems to be a clever chap having developed a tea to cure just about all our emotional needs and superficial aches and pains. Other teas in the range include skin purity, vitality, diet aid and tranquillity. He also does non-specific fruit flavoured teas such as apple and ginger and lemon and elderflower.
So what about the detox tea?
The detox tea is made up of a number of herbs and other plants. The dandelion and burdock roots (which I like as a drink) are definitely diuretics (I remember dandelions being nicknamed pee the beds as a child). The milk thistle is supposed to be a liver cleanser whilst ginger is great for digestion. The other ingredients such as liquorice root, peppermint and spearmint are there to hopefully make it taste good.
The tea comes in handy individually wrapped sachets. There are 20 1.7-gram sachets in the box. I find the boxes quite attractive but it has a lot of pseudo philosophical text about how good their teas are. The bags have handy little tabs and long strings so it is easy to dunk your tea in your mug and is great for easy removal once your tea is strong enough (I tend to keep the bag in the cup until I finish the drink).
Lets examine the bag closely before I brew up! The bag has quit a nice smell. It smells of liquorice and mint. That smells good to me. It smells quite comforting, refreshing and healthy. The mixture inside the bag resembles black specks of dust with little white bits (almost like seeds in some earth)
How long should they be left to brew?
After adding the hot water they recommend you should leave them for five minutes. It depends on how strong or weak you like them. As said I leave them in until I have finished my tea completely.
The first thing that hit me once I added the water was a nice minty smell. This was promising to me. As it brewed it added more herbal undertones from the other herbs.
I like pretty herbal teas and this is not one of them. Its a very dark yellowy-brown colour . I suppose it does look like an off colour strong urine sample. There always seems to be some dark brown powdery stuff released into the cup from the bag.
Im really undecided whether I like the taste or not of this tea. On one hand it does not have that harsh bitter after taste that you get from so many herbal fruit teas. I found it to be quite smooth. On the other hand it has this really odd flavour. It is slightly minty with a hint of liquorice to it. However more disturbingly it has this waxy, oily taste and texture. I swill the liquid round my mouth. I detect a certain sweetness to it. Then I get the taste of dishwater. This does not sound pleasant at ll. Then there is that same sweet oily aftertaste in my mouth. On the very last gulp I get a little spicy kick of ginger. I wish the ginger was stronger as I do like the taste of it. I really am undecided about this tea. It is not unpleasant just plain weird. I am sure it is an acquired taste.
So on to the crucial bit. Does it say what it does on the packet?
I am not sure. Ive had five or six cups and have been going to the toilet frequently but I have also been drinking water and other fruit teas so I really cannot say. It might have a slight effect but I doubt it makes a big difference.
How much does this weird tasting tea cost?
I bought this in Holland and Barrett for £1.45 for 20 bags. I tend to find them slightly more expensive than some of the other brands. I suppose they charge more because they do have the pseudo medicinal tag.
Would I buy them again?
I doubt I would. I am not sure whether they work either. They might do but only a little bit. I doubt I would buy it for the taste either as wax and dishwater is not high on my list of my favourite tastes!
DETOX A herbal tea, this has dandelion, burdock, milk thistle, sage and liquorice in it as the main ingredients, and is supposed to be cleansing and detoxify the system. I purchased these for a work colleague who allowed me to try one (along with a few others in the office). One work colleague commented that the ingredients were possibly ?to make you regular? ie resolve constipation. It comes in a black box, with each tea bag in their own envelope, and there are 20 bags in each box. COLOUR This starts off as a light yellow but as you need to leave the bag in for at least 5 (five) minutes it turns to a darker colour, and one comment in the office was ?it looks like a urine sample?, and it does. The longer you leave the teabag in, the darker the colour, smell and taste. Mine looked a light brown but if left in longer could turn a very dark brown. TASTE I believed this tasted mainly of liquorice, which in my opinion left a very bitter aftertaste, with a little taste of dandelion and burdock (an old fashioned drink I used to have at my grandparents, which is not often found these days). One comment at work was that it tasted of liquorice and another stated it tasted of camomile. I can?t comment on this latter opinion as I have never tasted camomile and there is no camomile in this drink. The taste is not a pleasant one but like my parents often say ?If it tastes terrible, it MUST be good for you?, which is a statement I?ve never understood. One person stated it was like drinking hay ? that?s how bad it is. I certainly will not buy it for the taste and the downside outweighs the benefits so I will not be buying it again. SMELL It was a very strong smell ? mainly liquorice but I thought I could smell the sage, too. One comment of a work colleague coming in later was ?It smells like Holland and Barretts in here?, and the smell did linger until late that afternoon. AFTERWARDS I found that my mu
g had brown sediment in the bottom of the drink and the mug was badly stained, after only one drink. Just think what it does to your insides if it does that to the mug! PRICE £1.89 for 20 teabags at Tesco but was on special offer throughout January at 99p. GOOD POINTS 1. A long string tab for removing the bag from the drink 2. Supposed to be cleansing for the digestive system ? not proven 3. Diuretic 4. Naturally caffeine free 5. All in own individual bags BAD POINTS 1. Very pungent 2. Brown sediment 3. Awful taste 4. Bad aftertaste ? which lasts a long time ? at least half an hour if no other taste replaces it 5. Box does not explain in much detail the benefit of the particular drink. I checked against the Lemon and Elderflower box and neither mentions any specific benefits ? there is a long sermon about how good Dr Stuart?s blends are and the history of the company but no useful information about who should use it or avoid it, etc. I did not need a diuretic drink as I already suffer from going too often as it is, so information like this would have proven useful. MADE BY/MORE INFORMATION FROM Dr Stuart?s botanical teas are made by Only Natural Products Ltd, Kithurst Barns, Storrington, West Sussex and were packed in the UK. More information on : www.onlynaturalproducts.co.uk I have not checked this website but there is a product information sheet available from the above address, which I intend to send for. Dr Malcolm Stuart, who according to the packaging, is a world-leading herbalist, has created the blends. The box claims that the ingredients are only used if the meet the German DAB standard (which is explained in more detail on the box).
I really can't see the point in paying so much money out for this product. Yogi Bugan's Detox Tea is supposed to be a detoxifying cuppa and I am not saying it doesn't work, but that what it actually does is to increase your need to sit on the toilet, so you had better put some magazines in there to keep you occupied. (If you get my meaning.) It contains allsorts of herbs like licourice, cinnamon, burdock root, dendelion, fennel, juniper and other things. You get 15 teabags for £1.80 . This brew smells nice and you have to let it infuse for about five minutes before you drink it. It's sweet tasting and reasonably pleasant but not suitable for taking more than once a day, or even every day. (Check your reaction to it before you try more than one cup.) I had two cups in one day and it took my stomach three days to recover. The effect was quite sudden and intense! The dregs at the bottom of the cup, which you wouldn't think you'd get with a teabag, are awful, don't drain the cup. Personally speaking I thought this product was a waste of money. It's expensive and only does the same job as ordinary green tea. Green tea varies in price but can be bought for as little as £1.25 for 40 teabags. If you drink several cups of it you will find that it has a similar effect to detox tea. (Cheaper as loose tea.) I think that the name of this product leads people to believe that it has special detoxing properties. 'Yogi Bugan' sounds as though he should know about these things. But I wonder who he is?
Yogi Bhugans DE-TOX tea contains a combination of herbs and spices used for centuries in both India and China to support the internal cleansing process. Basically it will make you go to the toilet. It is totally organic with licorice, cinnamon, burdockroot, dandeloin, fennel seeds, juniper berries, and many other ingredients. You get 15 tea bags which you brew for around five minutes. The smell is fantastic, and the tea tastes delicious. It is quite sweet tea, and really does as stated, clean you out. I would not suggest drinking to many cups a day but one is perfect. The only let down is the dregs at the bottom of the mug are not drinkable, bit like a cup of soup I supposed. I presume not to be drunk if your pregnant, but the box doesn't seem to state this. Buy a packet tell me what you think, and enjoy Charlie V