As almost everyone knows, I am very obsessed with tea. My tea collection is a little out of control and takes over half of my living room, but I love it. There’s nothing more comforting than a warm cup of tea on a gloomy day, especially in the colder months.
Over the years, though, I’ve gotten extremely picky about the teas I buy and drink. Most people assume that all tea is “innocent,” but sadly, that’s not the truth. Just like any other food, it’s important to choose organic teas from a good source. Most teas on the market are actually full of pesticides, toxins, GMOs, and artificial ingredients. Conventional tea brands usually just throw the ingredients into the tea bags without washing them first, which means those pesticides are floating around in your tea after you steep it. Not sure about you, but I don’t really want to drink carcinogens. Even teas that are labeled “100% natural” have been shown to be filled with pesticides when tested by independent labs.
Honestly, it really upsets me that the majority of tea companies do this. It just goes to show that something as healthy and seemingly innocent as tea is not always so. CHECK YOUR INGREDIENTS. RESEARCH COMPANIES.
Have you ever actually looked at the ingredient list on your tea? You might be surprised. When I first started checking my teas’ ingredients, I was shocked to see how many contained soy lecithin and gluten. Many also say, “Natural Flavors” or “Artificial Flavors.” What does that really mean? It can mean a number of things. First of all, those “natural” flavors are made by mixing chemicals in a lab, so they are certainly not natural. What’s mixed, exactly? Coal tar and crude oil are two common chemicals used. The terms “natural flavors” and “artificial flavors” are sneaky ways for companies to add in gluten, weird chemicals, soy, and other GMOs into your tea without you realizing it. If you see those terms, I highly suggest you don’t buy those teas.
Another thing I want to mention is that, generally, it’s always better to buy loose leaf tea than tea found in tea bags. Most tea bags are made from plastic and/or genetically modified corn. Even the safest plastics can break down when put in boiling water, which releases their chemicals. Therefore, when you steep your tea in boiling water, you’re drinking those not-so-lovely chemicals. Yes, this includes “mesh, biodegradable tea bags.” Paper tea bags are usually coated with carcinogens, so you should avoid those too.
There was a time when I was drinking about 3 cups of tea a day, and I drank tea from conventional brands that used common ingredients. When I started learning the truth about most tea companies, I decided to take 3 months completely off from drinking any tea to see if it affected my stomach. It did. I felt monumentally better.
People make fun of me for always carrying my own tea with me, but I’d rather be safe than sorry. As someone with a huge tea collection, it really disappointed me to find out all of this information. Since discovering the truth about some of my favorite tea brands, I haven’t bought any new teas with “natural flavors” or “artificial flavors,” and I’m trying to figure out what to do with all of my old teas that no longer meet my health standards. I’m also always on the hunt for high quality, truly healthy teas. It’s hard to find a brand I can trust, but I want to let you guys know about one I found recently that I’m truly in love with – Purify Tea!
This is not sponsored. I truly love, respect, and trust this brand for a number of reasons. Everything from Purify Tea is USDA Certified Organic. Their ingredients are grown without pesticides or chemical fertilizers, and they only use ingredients that are actually natural – no chemicals.
Beyond the ingredients, I like to support companies with heart and good intentions. From their website:
“Our ingredients are chosen after taking into account the financial livelihood, environmental preservation, and community development of local farmers and their families. Through our products, we help support education, scholarship funding, training, sustainable wages, and housing for small-scale farming families around the world.”
That’s what I’m talking about.
They have a number of delicious wellness teas (I’ve been drinking Serene Slumber a lot before I go to bed), but my favorite part about Purify Tea is that you can customize your own tea blends! It’s seriously my dream come true. Even if I wasn’t interested in the health/sustainability aspects of the company, that alone would sell me. What tea lover wouldn’t want to create her own tea?!
It’s so easy to do. You go on their website, click on “Create Your Own Tea,” and then follow the steps. First, you pick the base – green tea, black tea, pu-erh tea, rooibos, or white tea. Then you can pick up to 4 ingredients. You can filter out the ingredients by different health categories, like digestive health, heart health, anti-aging, and so on, or by flavor – sweet, citrusy, minty, bitter, spicy, etc. You can click on any of the ingredients and the website will tell you the ingredient’s origin, its benefits, its flavor, and what other ingredients it pairs best with. After you pick your ingredients, you can choose if you want loose-leaf tea or satchets, and then you can name your blend! I’m obsessed with this. I recently made a tea and called it Cinnamon Citrus Lovely. I adore my blend – it’s a rooibos base with cinnamon, citrus peel, safflower, and milk thistle!
To recap, be picky about your teas, just like you would be with any other food. It’s something that people commonly forget about, and you could accidentally be ingesting harmful chemicals every day if you’re not careful. It might be easier to go to the grocery store and buy whatever tea you see first, but it’s not safe. Quality is the most important thing when it comes to your health.
If you guys try out Purify Tea and make your own tea, I’d love to know what ingredients you choose! I’m always looking for a new favorite blend!