Leslie Huddart L.Ac.

Is Herbal Tea Safe?

Tea is healing! As a natural health nerd and Chinese medicine herbalist, I know that herbs are healing and tea is one great way to bring more herbs into your life.

I first really realized this firsthand as a teenager when I was studying abroad in France. Every night or most nights my host mom would offer me tisane.

Tea helps us have a ritual, an evening routine. It helps us slide into the calmness of sleep and in general, herbs are a healing way to get more natural earth medicines into your body, but there is some serious dangers about herbal tea that you need to be aware of.

I want to tell you about some things about herbal tea that you might not know. One is that herbal tea is actually a big source of pesticides, so it’s really important that your tea be organic. I first heard about this years ago when I was a student in Chinese medicine school and I was also taking a course in applied kinesiology or muscle testing and that instructor had said, “Oh yeah, yeah, don’t drink herbal tea. It’s huge amount of pesticides.” I started adapting to that and I was already mostly organic for many things so it made sense.

Here’s the reason why. I think explaining the process of how tea cultivation works will really open your eyes to just how big of a deal this is. Even some of the brand names on your grocery store shelves of nice greenwashed tea, if it’s not organic, it contains high levels of pesticides.

When you go and tour a tea herbal factory, you’ll notice that in the processing room where all the bulk herbs are gathered they’re sifted and cleaned by a process that usually involves bursts of air to push out the debris. The twigs and the heavier material are all strained.

The reason for this is that you can’t wash tea so most of leaves or herbal material. When it’s mixed with water, it starts to release its active component. That’s why we’re drinking it as tea. You can’t put it in water and wash it beforehand, like do your salad greens at the market, because the tea would lose its healing instead as it’s processed.

Tea leaves and herbal material is usually processed with some kind of compressed air. Well, you can’t blow the pesticides off of your tea. This is why tea is kind of a dangerous area that we don’t normally think about as a high level source of pesticides.

Anything that that tea came in contact with is still going to be on the herbal material and you really can’t wash it off. It’s ending up in your tea cup. This is why it’s important to buy organic.

I also recommend that you avoid the fangled tea bags that look really cute and triangular and kind of upscale but actually are a type of plastic material that is potentially going into your tea. Now I’m sure it’s approved by the FDA. I’m sure the FDA thinks that this is totally fine. Nothing in this video is meant to cure, heal or treat any diseases and has definitely not been approved by the FDA, but I want you to think about it’s always good in your life to avoid your exposure to plastic and chemicals and pouring hot water over something that is potentially bringing into your system and influence even in a small way that you don’t want.

Here’s one of my favorite Herbal Calming Blends:

2 parts Lemon Balm
2 parts Passion Flower
1 part Oat Straw
1 part Chamomile
Stevia leaves to taste if you like added sweetness


Get organic herbs and teas online. Here’s one of our favorite online sources for herbs.

Drink your tea organic. Enjoy herbs as a healing part of life and your health routine. You are a soul with a body. I am wishing you great things!

Disclaimer: This program is not intended to be a substitute for professional mental health or counseling services.  No practitioner-patient relationship is established and the training content is for educational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice.  These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and nothing here is intended to diagnose, cure or treat any disorders.

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