View Full Version : Herbal Teas? Can you have on Raw Diet
11-10-2008, 05:27 AM
i have a question that seems logical to me but might be silly to the raw foodists out there.
With herbal tea, is it frowned upon to have them if one is trying to follow the Raw Lifestyle as best as possible?
The thing is, doesnt the boiling water release the health benefits of tea?
I love herbal teas and think there is definately a place for them but i would love to hear what people out there think.
Thank you for your answer
11-10-2008, 06:35 AM
You're probably right but, once you put boiling water on them, they're not raw AND, we're not really sure they were raw in the first place depending on the means of drying. IF you've got enough sun, you can make sun tea; you can also just let the herbs steep for about 3 days...
Then again, if you want to drink hot herbal tea, have at it. I doubt the the raw police will come a-knockin'... maybe, um, I dunno.
11-10-2008, 06:47 AM
I am in the UK we never get Sun! :(
11-10-2008, 06:53 AM
... Move. :) <<<< see the lil sun? :D
I don't really want herbal tea too often these days, but when I want it, I have it. And even then, I will put it at the highest temp in the dehydrator rather than boiling the tea (this does bring out the flavor just as boiling it, but the taste is actually much nicer with many teas!). It's just what I currently desire.
I "went raw" about 20 months ago, and in that time I've had different phases of wanting hot tea. As long as it's caffeine free, I just go with it..
If you think about it logically, part of the reason many people say that eating raw food is ideal is because the enzymes in the food are still active and the body does not have to use its own enzymes.
Welp, I'm pretty sure that my body does not have to go into overdrive to "digest" a cup of peppermint tea!
So, the long and short of it, is that there has to be a line somewhere with what you "can have" and "can't have." And we all draw different lines with different foods (and drinks!).
11-10-2008, 08:27 AM
warm herbal chai tea with a little almond milk & agave is really good on cold days. Even with raw foods, don't you have to have warm drinks & food, I sure do.
11-10-2008, 08:35 AM
I drink herbal tea.
11-10-2008, 03:03 PM
I drink herbal tea and green tea. I ususally make the green tea in the sun and I blend with herbal tea for less caffiene. The tea will steep without the sun. You could speed the process by using warm water.
11-11-2008, 07:16 AM
If you feel like Tea, have Tea. It's YOUR Journey. IN JOY..
I believe (for my body) drinking herbal infusions are much healthier/wiser than not just because they may not be raw. I drink nettle, oatstraw, red raspberry, red clover, horsetail and alfalfa regularly-- and feel much more balanced than when I don't- especially in cold weather. One cup of nettle has as much calcium as a cup of raw milk- but they all have significant amounts of minerals- more bioavailable to the body than supplements. I sometimes will make my green smoothies with high mineral herbal infusions intead of water. I sit the infusions in the sun, and sometimes use boiling water- both seem to release the same amount of color.
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