Are yogi teas good?
I’m a newbie. I just found this site yesterday. I just started drinking tea about 2 months since I got sick. I drink store bought brands because that’s all I know. I wanted to know if yogi teas are good and healthy. I like the taste of most yogi teas. Also what are good teas for anxiety? I usually drink chamomile.
I wouldn’t rely on any tea to treat anxiety but probably caffeine can add to it.
Simpson and Vail has a selection of Yogi teas. Seems to me I tried a sample of one of them and it was good but I really don’t remember which one. They have excellent prices, www.svtea.com.
Welcome to steepster! It’s good to see another herbal tea drinker! I haven’t really tried many Yogi teas. Several of their teas have Stevia leaf in them, which tends to upset my stomach, so I haven’t tried much of what they have to offer. They seem like a reputable company though, and I think I’ve seen them on a list of companies that make teabags that don’t include certain concerning chemicals.
As for assisting with anxiety, the calming routine of making and drinking tea itself can be helpful. Some herbs may be especially helpful in combating anxiety (according to articles under “herbal teas for anxiety” on google): Blue Vervain, Catnip, Chamomile, Green or Decaf Tea, Hops, Kava, Lavender, Lemon Balm, Linden, Motherwort, Passionflower, Peppermint, Valarian Root (which is also taken for insomnia). Be aware that there is much less research done on herbs so these may or may not actually be effective, and that some herbs can have side effects if taken in large quantities, for an extended period of time, or if you are on certain medications. I usually look up unfamiliar herbs on WebMD before I buy them so I am aware of any potential issues.
Some of these herbs may be hard to find in teabags. If you end up deciding to explore loose tea, I recommend this filter since It’s the only one I’ve found that is fine enough for certain herbal teas: http://smile.amazon.com/dp/B000I68NCS/ref=twister_B002WB12XE?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1, but you could also try buying paper or reusable cloth tea bags (I’ve purchased both of those from amazon as well, I often fill paper tea bags and put them in a ziplock in my purse or luggage when traveling).
Good luck with your tea journey! Feel free to message me, or post on the forums if you have more questions.
I try not to consume Stevia too. My gastroenterologist forbids it along with diet sweeteners. Just because we can’t digest the calories in Stevia doesn’t mean bacteria cannot.
@AllanK: I don’t use most of the diet sweeteners, but I have bad teeth and Xylitol really seems to make a difference with that. I only use a teaspoon or two of that in a day – in tea or mints – so it certainly doesn’t replace sugar in my diet, but it does help me eat a little less.
@MsPriss: Some of the possible side effects from certain herbs are rather terrifying, especially if you have health concerns or are on medication so I always make sure to look them up, and recommend to others that they do the same. I also make a point to drink a variety of herbs. I usually don’t drink more than one cup of any particular herb in a day. That’s maybe a little overcautious, but it’s not really a hardship since I enjoy the variety anyway. I’m really limited in what I can drink right now, since I’m pregnant and dealing with heartburn, both of which restrict me significantly.
Oh my I wrote a bit about Yogi Teas way back in the day. They had a chai blend back in the 1970s and 1980s called 8 herb, and 16 herb and 22 herb I think. Those formulas were sold in large bulk to meditation centers and were really good. They don’t make them anymore, I actually wrote the company and asked.
I’ve only had a few, but I like the Vanilla Spice.
The Tahitian Vanilla Hazelnut is a favourite. (I like teabag sayings too.)
I can guarantee Valerian works for anxiety. It just smells funny and that smell sticks to things :)
I cant drink coffee because it makes me anxious, good tea on the otherhand, I can drink that fine. The cha-qi/chi/feeling you get from some tea (actual tea – camellia sinensis) can be relaxing and focused, which is something I didnt know before coming to steepster.
sometimes I have trouble sleeping if I drink too much, but I dont get the heart rate increase & jitters like I do from coffee, which is a shame because I love a nice cappuccino.
You should defo try some white tea sometime. Its nice and light
Yep, same. Is that all caffeine, any amount, or mostly coffee and english breakfast teas?
I drink (mostly) chinese & taiwanese tea (especially Oolong). for me its a lot less harsh than the Assam/Ceylon blend used in normal tea bags.
It’s mostly all caffeine but sometimes I’ll have tea with caffeine but I’ll only drink half a cup.
In that case you may want to especially avoid white tea. There are a lot of misconceptions about caffeine quantity in tea but basically unless you test each tea, you’ll never know. There are white teas with more caffeine than black, and some with less. Sounds like you know your reactions though, and that’s a great thing.
The myth used to be that white tea had the least caffeine but they now know that it depends upon what percentage of the tea is buds, small leaves as opposed to large and things like that. Also roasting in some cases is considered to lower caffeine content. Hojicha is probably the tea with the lowest caffeine with the possible exception of a raw puerh cake made from strictly tea flowers.
Tulsi (holy basil) is my go-to for tension relief—has a nice lemon-clove taste. St. John’s wort helps me also, but doesn’t taste like much of anything…it’s a good blend-in with stronger herbal flavors.
Yogi tea is hit and miss for me…they use a lot of licorice for sweetening in the varieties I’ve tried, and I don’t care for that much.
This thread caught my eye because I’m a yogi who sells tea. Then I realized it was about the “brand” yogi tea 8P.
But that got me thinking about what I’ve learned about ayurvedic medicine during my yoga certification. Mainly, use the freshest herbs possible for maximum benefit. The spices and herbs, boxed teas, and supplements at your typical grocery store can use very old ingredients that have lost their efficacy.
A good source of fresh herbs is mountainroseherbs.com out of Eugene Oregon. That’s where my ayurvedic practictioner gets many of his herbs. They do sell teas that they blend themselves. (I am not affiliated with them in any way; I don’t sell blends myself but if I wanted some, I would definitely go with them)