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Tea FAQs

How much caffeine does your Green Tea have? How does that compare to coffee and black tea?
Green tea naturally has approximately 15 to 50 mg of caffeine per cup. Coffee has 80-200 mg/cup. Black Tea has 40-90 mg/cup.

How much caffeine is in the Decaf Green Tea?
No more than 0.1% caffeine remains in Triple Leaf Decaf Green Tea.

What happens to the antioxidant content when you decaffeinate the Decaf Green Tea?
We use a natural carbon dioxide process to decaffeinate the green tea leaves. This process removes the caffeine, leaves no chemical residue, and maintains almost all of the beneficial antioxidants in the tea leaves. Click on naturally decaffeinated for more details on this process.

How do you brew green and herbal teas?
Green Teas: Steep a tea bag in a cup of boiling water for 3 minutes; for stronger flavor, steep longer. Normally, oversteeping of green teas can make them bitter, however, our green teas are very mild and have little bitterness, so you can steep them longer, according to your taste. We recommend steeping the Decaf Green Tea with Ginseng and the Ginkgo and Decaf Green Tea longer, up to 10 minutes, or longer, to get the full benefits of the herbs in these teas. These teas do not get bitter with longer steeping.

Herbal Teas: Steep a tea bag in a cup of boiling water for 5-10 minutes; for stronger flavor, and more herbal benefits, steep longer. A tea bag can be re-used for additional herbal benefits. The Ginger Tea and American Ginseng Teas are made from 100% pure root, and can be boiled for a few minutes to extract more flavor and benefits; be sure to re-use these tea bags a few times to get all their benefits.

Iced Teas: Steep two tea bags in a cup of boiling water for 3-10 minutes, depending on the tea (see above), remove tea bags, then add ice and enjoy. Try any of our green teas and our Cholesterid Tea iced, just the way you drink regular iced tea, as is, or with lemon and your favorite sweetener. Our Ginger Tea also makes a delicious iced tea. Any of our teas can be enjoyed hot or iced.

Can I mix more than one tea in a cup?
That depends on which teas you want to mix. Some of our teas like the Sugar Bal & Women's Tonic Tea with Dong Quai and the Cold & Flu Time Tea are special Chinese formulas which are better taken by themselves. The Male Vitality Tea can be used together with the American Ginseng Tea for additional benefits. We recommend using the Detox Tea along with the Herba-Lax Tea, or any of the diet teas. Drink the Detox 1 to 3 times a day or more, but drink the diet teas or Herba-Lax Tea usually once a day after dinner or before bedtime.

How do the diet teas work?
All three diet teas are traditional herbal beverages used in China for generations. These teas were popular with those concerned with cleansing and digestion. We recommend that, when dieting, you follow a balanced weight loss diet and the advice of your health care professional. Be sure to include plenty of fresh vegetables, fruits, juices and pure water. These teas are not recommended for children, elderly, or sick people, or pregnant women and nursing mothers.

What is the function of the Loquat Leaf and Malva Verticellata in the diet teas?
Peter Holmes in THE JADE REMEDIES states that loquat leaf is a gastric sedative and antiemetic, and a respiratory sedative, antitussive and expectorant. In traditional Chinese medicine terms, Holmes writes that it works on the respiratory and digestive systems, and the lung and stomach channels. According to THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF HERBS by Demi Brown, loquat leaf is "a bitter, expectorant herb that controls coughing and vomiting; it is effective against bacterial and viral infections...internally for bronchitis, coughs with feverish colds, nausea, vomiting, hiccups, and persistent burping."

Brown says that Malva verticellata is used, among other things, for excess mucous and gastritis. She says that "large doses are laxative". Brown also says that Malva is "a soothing diuretic, used for urinary tract infections. It also promotes lactation." Holmes states that Malva verticellata is a urinary restorative, demulcent laxative, anti-inflammatory, draining diuretic. In traditional Chinese medicine terms, he states that it works on urinary, digestive and hormonal systems, and on the bladder, small intestine, large intestine channels.

Which diet tea should I take: Dieters' Green Herbal Tea, Super Slimming Herbal Tea, or Ultra Slim Herbal Tea?
All of our teas are made using the best quality herbs as our ingredients. Each diet tea has a different formula to suit different body types. They all have a cleansing, laxative effect. The Dieter's Green Herbal Tea is our basic formula and is our most popular diet tea. The Super Slimming Tea is our most potent formula and has herbs to help with digestion.Super Slimming Tea also contains licorice root, known in traditional Chinese medicine as "The Great Detoxifier". The Ultra Slim Tea has more herbs for digestion and bloating, and, in traditional Chinese medicine terms "move the Chi (energy) ". We recommend that you try each of our diet teas, and see which one you like best. Feel free to contact us for a free sample of each.

Which teas will aid in bowel movements?
Try Herba-Lax (herbal laxative) Tea, Dieter's Green Herbal Tea, Super Slimming Herbal Tea, or Ultra Slim Herbal Tea. Use these along with the Triple Leaf Detox Tea for additional support in cleansing.

Do you chlorine bleach your teabags?
No, our tea bags are oxygen bleached rather than chlorine bleached. Chlorine bleaching of paper, including tea bags and coffee filters, creates a dioxin chemical residue in the paper and waste water from the paper mill. Dioxin is a known potent carcinogen that we want to avoid.

Do you use recycled material and biodegradable inks on your packaging? Is your packaging recyclable?
Our boxes are made of recycled paperboard and printed with biodegradable inks. Our boxes, paper tea envelopes and the brochure inserted into the tea box are fully recyclable.