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Tea has been a source of good health for thousands of years. Some varieties are loaded with antioxidants that defend against free radicals, others may be anti-inflammatory or boost the immune system or provide alertness. For each sip, a different benefit. Even detoxing—the attempt to expunge toxins from the body—is an ancient process. However, today’s detox teas, seen everywhere from grocery store aisles to influencer posts, can be a muddled field to navigate. False claims abound (as has long been the case with weight-loss products), but that shouldn’t dissuade you. Many detox teas can benefit the body as advertised, often by speeding up digestion, and we’ve rounded up our favorite options below. For a reliable cleanse, as well as a delicious taste, here are the best detox teas.
This powdery, ochre-colored blend of Rishi Tea's Turmeric Ginger Herbal Tea is seriously detoxifying. It has turmeric powder, bits of licorice root, ginger root, orange peel, lemongrass, and lemon essential oil.
Many of these are reputed to be naturally detoxifying, and others make this blend far tastier than most. It has a peppery, fiery flavor and a surprisingly sweet finish.
Ginger lovers will find this to be an ideal detox tea. Even people who generally dislike spicy foods (including those heavy in ginger or turmeric) tend to love this balanced blend.
Heads up: If you drink it slowly, the last few sips will be thicker and stronger, as the turmeric will begin to sink to the bottom. Also, it's usually good for two infusions.
Pukka Detox Tea is naturally caffeine-free, organic and ethically sourced. It is a blend of aniseed/Chinese star anise (40 percent), fennel seed (20 percent), cardamom seed (15 percent), licorice root, coriander seed, and celery seed.
It is intended as an "everyday" detox tea, and it has well-designed packaging that makes it a good option for a gifting. It would make the perfect foundation for a "detox home spa" gift basket.
Traditional Medicinals' EveryDay Detox Tea is one of the most widely available and most respected herbal detox blends on the market. It is available in regular EveryDay Detox, in Lemon EveryDay Detox, and Schisandra Berry EveryDay Detox. All three blends taste better than you'd guess a detox tea might taste.
According to the Traditional Medicinals website, EveryDay Detox is intended to "promote healthy liver function" using traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). It includes liver-friendly herbs like licorice root, Lycium fruit/goji berries, and schizandra fruit. It also uses chicory root to "remove heat from the liver, stimulate bile secretion, and promote digestion."
While Organic Lemon EveryDay Detox is also formulated for liver protection, it is based on traditional European herbalism rather than traditional Chinese medicine. It includes burdock, stinging nettle, and cleavers. It has a bittersweet, lemony flavor.
Yogi Tea offers a range of detox teas in different flavors and with different focuses. These include a general detox tea, a skin detox tea, a berry-flavored detox tea, and a peach-flavored detox tea.
Yogi DeTox Teas are intended to counter "everyday impurities" by helping the body cleanse the liver and kidneys. The blend includes:
- Burdock and dandelion roots, which are traditionally used for liver support.
- Juniper berry, a traditional herb for aiding in kidney function.
- An Ayurvedic blend called "trikatu." This is a mix of ginger root, black pepper, and long pepper used to stimulate blood flow.
Berry DeTox is a more flavorful detox tea. It includes organic hibiscus and the superfruit açai berry, as well as detoxifying herbs.
Yogi Tea's Peach DeTox is the best-tasting tea of the Yogi detox teas line. It is made with fo-ti (a traditional Chinese herb) and dandelion root. It also incorporates the Ayurvedic blend of "trikatu" for increased circulation.
Yogi Skin DeTox claims to help "shed impurities." It's made with rose petals, hibiscus, and green tea. Burdock root, yellow dock, and red clover are also added to boost its liver detoxification and blood cleansing capabilities.
This loose-leaf tea removes impurities in a delicious way. A combination of dandelion leaf, red clover, and peppermint (among a few other organic ingredients) give the skin a clean, healthy glow while also supporting the liver. It's typically sold in a 1.5-ounce pouch, but customers can also buy a .5-ounce sample to try it out.
The owner of Bea's Wellness Teas underwent an arduous health journey herself but came out on the other side, in large part she says, thanks to the wonders of tea. The brand sells many other loose-leaf blends, all of which target different aspects of health.
You've probably seen Triple Leaf Detox Tea at your local health food store. It's nothing fancy (think flat paper bags in a cellophane-wrapped paper box) and it certainly does not taste good. However, it is a long-used and fairly respected brand in the health food community.
It uses Chinese herbs that were traditionally used to cleanse and promote the "healthy function of the liver, kidneys, lungs, and blood." It is also designed to clean out the body's toxins and promote healthy skin.
One of the tastier detox teas in the list, Republic of Tea's Get Clean Detox Tea blend includes natural vanilla and almond flavors for a more enjoyable character.
It is intended to stimulate the liver to promote detoxification. The blend includes organic rooibos, milk thistle seed, Indian sarsaparilla root, dandelion root, chicory root, burdock root, and red clover.
Gaia Herbs Cleanse & Detox Herbal Tea is made with detoxifying burdock, artichoke, and rooibos, as well as flavorful lemon and peppermint essential oils.
It is geared toward liver detoxification and support. Each tea bag is sealed in a foil pouch to preserve the flavor and maintain efficacy over longer periods of time. It is also sealed without the use of staples or glue.
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Lindsey Goodwin has worked in the tea industry since 2006. She holds tea lectures across the country, writes marketing and packaging copy for specialty beverage retailers, and is a consultant to companies ranging from small, local establishments to international beverage businesses. Her imbibing adventures have also included leading tea tours in New York City, visiting the tea estates of India, Taiwan, and Japan, and exploring the beverage cultures in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Vancouver, Toronto, Glasgow, London, and many major U.S. cities.
This piece was edited by Derek Rose, the coffee and tea expert for The Spruce Eats. He researches a variety of products and interviews field experts for their insight. After joining The Spruce team in 2019, he has also written about a number of other topics, including home goods, technology, and gifts. He received an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University and a BA in Communications from Marist College.