View Full Version : Hot...warm tea.
06-08-2005, 08:56 AM
Maybe you guys can shed some lite. I've been raw just a couple of weeks, and am terribly missing my hot drink in the AM. I have always been an avid coffee drinker, but gave up caffeine several months ago. So i switched to hot tea. (decaf of course) Green is my absolute favorite, as is parsley, grey, etc. (So many to choose from.) I usually start my day with a green shake. However, i am missing the warmth of my tea.
My raw knowledge is still blooming, and I am unsure of the guidelines involving tea. So any insight you pros could offer would be greatly appreciated!
Have good days-
06-08-2005, 09:50 AM
Welcome. If you look up top, you'll see a banana. Click on it, then type in "tea" and you will see an abundance of information.
Just a quickie. Far as I know, tea leaves are probably not raw. Of course, if you put boiling water on them this insures this.
As far as decaf teas, you might wish to do a google search and get an understanding of the chemicals they use to decaffeinate. I'm not sure which is worse ~ caffeine or decaf at this point.
Warm a.m. drink? Well, one of the best would be lemon/water/agave. It's a great kidney cleanser. Just make sure the water you use is cool enough to stick your finger in which will mean you are not "cooking" the lemon and/or agave.
Isn't it great you are starting this in the summer when cooler drinks are in order? (ummm, you're not in Australia are you?)
06-08-2005, 10:39 AM
My favorite hot tea is Rooibos let me copy the information I have about this tea. Sometimes I brew this and sometimes I make sun tea with it. Just depends on my moods. I am not hung up on this not being raw and it really helps me with them cold mornings when I want something HOT to warm me up.
Rooibos (Red Bush) Tea
It is my pleasure to share this exotic tea. Upon pouring the first cup, you may notice the distinctive red color and the sweet aroma of Rooibos. Belying this tea's full flavor, the Aspalathus pant group (of which the shrub like Rooibos plant belongs) is not related to the tea plant family. Rooibos falls under the Legume family and is one of 200 such species which occur in only one region in the world - South Africa.
Rooibos is 100% CAFFEINE FREE
In addition to being the most full flavored and delicious tea on the market, Rooibos has extraordinary health benefits not seen in other herbal teas. Japanese studies suggest Rooibos has 50% more antioxidants than the highly acclaimed Chinese Green Tea. Women in South Africa have used the herb for centuries for it's antispasmodic properties, treating ailments in infants and children, including colic, diaper rash and stomach cramps.
High levels of Super Oxide Dimatase
Vitamin C (asorbic acid)
High levels of flavanoids (antioxidants)
Rutin (reinforces blood vessels)
Carboxylic Acid (potential to inhibit liver damage)
Anti Spasmodic properties (for colic, diaper rash and stomach cramps)
Minerals such as:
Rooibos Does not contain:
Oxalic Acid (know to cause kidney stones)
Low in Tannin
Rooibos is completely safe and natural and can be consumed in unlimited quantities without adverse side affects.
Ailments which may benefit from Rooibos:
Headaches, Insomnia, nervous tension, mild depression, hypertension, nausea, vomiting, heartburn, stomach ulcers, constipation, stomach cramps, colic, asthma, skin disorders (eczema, itching, diaper rash, acne -applied directly to effected area) and kidney stones (can be consumed freely by those suffering with kidney stones).
If interested PM me and I can tell you where I get my Red Bush Tea. ;)
06-08-2005, 10:46 AM
I'm still struggling with this also - how about just hot water? Not too hot - just warm enough. Also is it okay to eat organic blackstrap molasses? If so, I like having it in the morning in warm water. I find that the water doesn't need to be really hot to be "warming."
The molasses works really well as a coffee substitute. I am new to the raw community and haven't gone 100% yet (working toward it & still researching), so if someone would like to answer me about the molasses that would be nice. It's been great as a coffee substitute.
06-08-2005, 11:09 AM
Can't answer about the molasses yet, for warming, one can always add ginger or cayenne to water/drink also. That is truly warming.
I rarely drink hot or cold, usually room temp and at this time, since I can do so, I've got a rather large bottle of water sitting out in the sun so the water tends to be quite warm.
Anyone know about molasses? I'm thinking it's been heated to separate it from the sugar cane. Can probably google it and find out more information.
06-08-2005, 11:41 AM
I'm sure that molasses is heated. Just like maple syrup is heated.
06-08-2005, 05:01 PM
Yes! Ive heard that molasses is extremly heat processed , I could be wrong though!
06-08-2005, 07:39 PM
Angie, I'm a red bush tea fan, too. Traditionally red bush tea is fermented and dried outside. I know mine was made that way. And water does *not* have to be boiling to make a nice flavorful cup of red bush tea. So I have no problem drinking it on a raw diet.
My next favorite teas are ginger and lemon juice/ lemon balm. You can juice a whole ginger root and keep the extract in the fridge. Just add a few drops to hot-to-touch water for tea.
06-09-2005, 07:38 AM
Thanks guys...you have been a big help. I'll keep you posted............
06-09-2005, 09:55 AM
bungalow90 (neat name, by the way :)), do you like yerba mate? It does have caffeine, but it is less than coffee and tea. There is an unsmoked version -- here:http://www.naturalzing.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=75 -- but I do not know if it is raw: it could be steamed. You can contact Eco Teas http://www.yerbamate.com/ContactUs.asp (1-800-839-0775) and ask if it's just dried.
There are also brands of white teas -- white teas are delicate (and very delicious) tea leaves which have been sun dried or steamed -- you'll have to check of course! Most brands will tell you if they are steamed or dried. These are also reported to contain more of the benefits supplied by various green teas (all teas are from the same leaves; just processed/cooked differently or grown in different areas); I'm guessing since they are the young leaves and are minimally processed, not harshly cooked like green and black teas which are older and more processed, that this is what preserves the nutrition.
Rooibos and Honeybush are my favorite tisanes; and there is now available a delicious Green Rooibos, (http://www.worldpantry.com/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/ExecMacro/numitea/store.d2w/report -- by the way, this brand, Numi, has the best Rooibos and Honeybush; they call their tisanes, "teasans.") which is a much lighter Rooibos (tastes like a delicate green tea or a *slightly* stronger white ;)). Numi says it's not even sundried, so it's possible it's raw -- give them a call.
Best thing about these tisanes is they don't grow bitter; the longer they steep, the better. And most can be infused more than once.
Sun teas are also a nice way to make them: Rooibos or stronger teas/teasans especially.
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