by Harriet Bond
(San Francisco, CA, USA)
Tea has been around for thousands of years, in one form or another. In the old days, physicians and housewives used the healing remedies of teas. In our modern world, there are entire grocery isles dedicated to tea, in all flavors and strengths.
Before I divulge the types of tea and their properties, it is important that consumers are aware that some teas, such as those that claim “diet and weight loss” should be drank with caution. Personally, I do not drink “weight loss” teas under advice from my doctor. In essence, know what you are buying and what the effects are.
Secondly, if you are suffering from any ailments that tea-sellers state their tea is a remedy for, please check with your doctor, as there may be complications. Particularly with teas that act as blood thinners. Third caution, if you are allergic to the fruit or herb (oranges, apples, and soon)you are probably also allergic to the actual tea—check the ingredients carefully.
Fruit teas are made from the leaves, sometimes roots, and actual berries of nearly any fruit. If it can be grown and consumed, chances are it is a tea somewhere. The benefits of fruit teas are that nearly all of them are naturally decaffeinated (check the label), they are already sweet so additives are not necessary, and have nearly the same vitamin properties as their juice counterparts.
Fruit teas can be drank cold on those sheltering hot afternoons, they are both refreshing and tasty. Fruit teas can be drank on cold days too, with the same effect as a hot cup of apple cider that warms the body from the inside out.
My favorite part of fruit teas is that they are natural, they do not have the preservatives and dyes and added sugars and ten-percent juice labels that everything else seems to have. Fruit teas are the berry, rind, or leaf of a fruit made into a drink, and so they are often not as strong as the juice or fruit itself.
This is also a bonus, especially if you are not feeling well. I have noticed that when my kids are sick with the flu, the fruit tea alternative is vomited less than frozen juices. Also, I prefer fruit teas to drink mixes such as Kool-Aid, because they do not have the dyes and chemicals that drink mixes do.