Detox teas are commonly used for liver detox, weight loss, laxative effects, or overall detox after overindulgence in heavy foods, alcohol, or even drugs. In general, these teas a good way to clean out your body from toxins and other potentially harmful maladies.
Detox teas are not a cure all and it's important to... choose wisely when shopping for one. Some products claim amazing benefits or spectacular results and these statements should be taken with a grain of salt for the marketing pitch that they often are.
Instead, look into the detox teas listed below as they are some of the best and most popular on the market. You can also opt to use single-herb and single-tea detox teas.
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This powdery, ochre-colored blend is seriously detoxifying. It has turmeric powder, bits of licorice root, ginger root, orange peel, lemongrass, and lemon essential oil.
Many of these are reputed to be naturally detoxifying, and others make this blend far tastier than most. It has a peppery, fiery flavor and a surprisingly sweet finish.
Ginger lovers will find this to be an ideal detox tea. Even people who generally dislike spicy foods (including ginger- or turmeric-heavy foods), tend to love this... balanced blend.
Heads up: If you drink it slowly, the last few sips will be thicker and stronger, as the turmeric will begin to sink to the bottom. Also, it's usually good for two infusions.
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Pukka Detox Tea is naturally caffeine-free, organic and ethically sourced. It is a blend of aniseed/Chinese star anise (40%), fennel seed (20%), cardamom seed (15%), licorice root, coriander seed and celery seed.
It is intended as an "everyday" detox tea, and it has well-designed packaging that makes it a good option for a gifting. It would make the perfect foundation for a "detox home spa" gift basket.
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This is one of the most widely available and most respected herbal detox blends on the market. It is available in regular EveryDay Detox and in Lemon EveryDay Detox. Both blends taste better than you'd guess a detox tea might taste.
According to the Traditional Medicinals website, EveryDay Detox is intended to "promote healthy liver function" using Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It includes liver-friendly herbs like licorice root, lycium fruit/goji berries, and schizandra fruit.... It also uses chicory root to "remove heat from the liver, stimulate bile secretion, and promote digestion."
While Organic Lemon EveryDay Detox is also formulated for liver protection, it is based on traditional European herbalism rather than traditional Chinese medicine. It includes burdock , stinging nettle, and cleavers. It has a bittersweet, lemony flavor.
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Yogi Tea offers a range of detox teas in different flavors and with different focuses. These include a general detox tea, a skin detox tea, a berry-flavored detox tea, and a peach-flavored detox tea.
Yogi DeTox is intended to counter "everyday impurities" by helping the body cleanse the liver and kidneys. The blend includes:
- Burdock and dandelion roots, which are traditionally used for liver support.
- Juniper berry,a traditional herb for aiding in kidney function.
- An Ayurvedic blend called... "trikatu." This is a mix of ginger root, black pepper, and long pepper used to stimulate blood flow.
Berry DeTox is a more flavorful detox tea. It includes organic hibiscus and the superfruit açai berry, as well as detoxifying herbs.
In my opinion, Yogi Tea's Peach DeTox is the best tasting tea of the Yogi detox teas line. It is made with fo-ti (a traditional Chinese herb) and dandelion root. It also incorporates the Ayurvedic blend of "trikatu" for increased circulation.
Yogi Skin DeTox claims to help "shed impurities." Not having tried it myself, I can't vouch for that, but given that it's made with rose petals, hibiscus, and green tea, it's likely that it at least tastes good. Burdock root, yellow dock, and red clover are also added to boost its liver detoxification and blood cleansing capabilities.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
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Art of Tea's Post-Tox is a caffeine-free, organic, Ayurvedic blend of coriander seed, fennel seed, milk thistle, chicory root, burdock root, and dandelion root.
It has a unique appearance and flavor that is very interesting and quite inviting once you get used to it. This blend is geared toward balancing the body and mind after overindulgence in alcohol or exposure to other toxins.
It is one of the few loose-leaf herbal blends on this list.
Full Disclosure: I have worked with The Art of Tea on... a freelance basis. This has not influenced the inclusion of them in this list.
06 of 09
You've probably seen Triple Leaf Detox Tea at your local health food store. It's nothing fancy (think flat paper bags in a cellophane-wrapped paper box) and it certainly does not taste good. However, it is a long-used and fairly respected brand amongst the health food community.
It uses Chinese herbs that were traditionally used to cleanse and promote the "healthy function of the liver, kidneys, lungs and blood." It is also designed to clean out the body's toxins and promote... healthy skin.
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One of the tastier detox teas in the list, Republic of Tea's Get Clean blend includes natural vanilla and almond flavors for a more enjoyable character.
It is intended to stimulate the liver to promote detoxification. The blend includes organic rooibos, milk thistle seed, Indian sarsaparilla root, dandelion root, chicory root, burdock root, and red clover.
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Cleanse & Detox Herbal Tea from Gaia Herbs is made with detoxifying burdock, artichoke, and rooibos, as well as flavorful lemon and peppermint essential oils.
It is geared toward liver detoxification and support. Each tea bag is sealed in a foil pouch to preserve the flavor and maintain efficacy over longer periods of time. It is also sealed without the use of staples or glue.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
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Rishi Tea's White Ginseng Detox Tea is an organic blend of schizandra berry, white ginseng (peeled Panax ginseng), burdock root, rosehips, peppermint, licorice root, dandelion root, and raspberry.
Although it has a pronounced ginseng flavor, it has a fruitier, more sweet-tart flavor than most ginseng blends. White Ginseng Detox Tea is one of the few loose-leaf herbal infusions on this list.