Herbal Teas Vs. Herbal Supplements


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Herbal Teas Vs. Herbal Supplements

Postby TimeforTea » Feb 3rd, '08, 03:05

Hi,

I hope I don't offend anyone with this post... And I do not wish to start a debate. I'm just curious about something.

Do herbal teas have the same amount and/or potency as herbal supplements? For personal reasons, I don't like taking herbal supplements because they're not regulated, etc. And many, such as kava kava, have caused serious complications.

Is there similar possible "harm" in drinking herbal teas on a daily basis:?:

Thanks in advance.
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Postby osadczuk » Feb 3rd, '08, 04:22

I qualify as "seriously not an expert" but I know that there are some tissanes that pregnant women are encouraged to avoid.

I'm thinking maybe raspberry, but I could be wrong.

As for the general public, I don't know. I would imagine it depends on the ingredients.
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Postby tseirPsaduJ » Feb 3rd, '08, 10:01

For the most part herbs are very safe...if used in moderation/common sense. Generally the only trouble you'd have would come from MASSIVE doses, or for some strange reason you are allergic...but peanuts can do that to people you know. I have a friend allergic to strawberries. So in my opinion eating is as harmful (just stating not debating :D ).

Potency:...well...that depends on what you're using, how much, and how much the supplement has, wether the tea is more potent..generally fresh herbs aren't as potent as dried, and if you just make a quick tea (not steeping 6-12 hours like an herbal infusion/as a medicine) then you'll be fine. The supplements are usually extracts (meaning the oils etc. from ALOT of leaves/twigs/buds/roots), or a fair quantity of the whole herb..the whole herb means your body has time to process it first in the stomache, then keep taking what it can out of it in the small intestine, so ends up much stronger than if you just used a few teaspoons in boiling water for 6-15 minutes & strained, a.k.a tea. Is that what you were asking? And if you are extra worried about it, don't use the same herb over and over, mix it up every couple of days. :) Hope that helps, though I know I can be confusing..

Also...MOST of the herbs sold as teas/tissanes are very safe...otherwise most of us would be dead right now, because we are teaholics :D.
(and about the pregnancy herbs.....Red Raspberry leaf is something you WOULD take. It helps prepare the uterus for birth. But I believe the dose is just a cup a day until the actual labour where you make a double strength liter...just thought I'd clear that up...if someone you know is pregnant I do reccommend a good herb book to ensure safety {some herbs and even hot peppers can stimulate the uterus/cause contractions too soon})

Moderation and common sense really are the key to everything in life. I hope you enjoy your teas or tissanes thoroughly!
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Postby tseirPsaduJ » Feb 3rd, '08, 10:12

I actually made my own brain hurt rereading that, the overall point was that: No, I don't think a simple herbal tea is as strong as a supplement. I don't think there would be the same effect drinking it unless you drank ALOT of the same tea all day everyday.
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Re: Herbal Teas

Postby TimeforTea » Feb 3rd, '08, 21:47

Ok...thanks for your helpful explanations. :D
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Postby Cinnamon Kitty » Feb 3rd, '08, 23:35

With just a tea, you steep it for a shorter period of time. Most herbal supplements are a lot more concentrated and stronger. It would definitely take many mugs of tea to have the same effect. Generally, without taking into account food allergies, herbal teas are safe since they are a small dose. If you really want a good explanation, ask a pharmacist or your doctor. I only remember some of what I looked up when I looked up something similar to what you are asking a long time ago.

That being said, a mug of tea sometimes just helps any ways. I know, for me, peppermint tea is my preferred way to deal with sinus issues and headaches.
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Postby TimeforTea » Feb 4th, '08, 01:14

Cinnamonkitty wrote:With just a tea, you steep it for a shorter period of time. Most herbal supplements are a lot more concentrated and stronger. It would definitely take many mugs of tea to have the same effect. Generally, without taking into account food allergies, herbal teas are safe since they are a small dose. If you really want a good explanation, ask a pharmacist or your doctor. I only remember some of what I looked up when I looked up something similar to what you are asking a long time ago.

That being said, a mug of tea sometimes just helps any ways. I know, for me, peppermint tea is my preferred way to deal with sinus issues and headaches.


Thanks. I do currently drink tea bags of chamomile or peppermint. I like the idea of herbal tea because they have no caffeine, and some taste really good. I'll ask a pharmacist or doctor as you suggested...
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I take olive leaf tea instead of swallowing the capsules

Postby olivetealover » Feb 22nd, '08, 10:48

I drink anywhere from 2-5 cups per day instead of taking the capsules. My blood pressure and cholesterol are down!!!
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