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    I know that raster and Sam are going to put something together but in the mean time I wanted to start this thread and we can update it as we go. This thread can just concentrate on the list of allowed teas and some other time we can add descriptions of what they are good for. I wanted this list to not only serve as a list of allowed teas to drink but also a help with suggestions on what to drink while on the treatment.

    So here is the starter list we will edit as we go (you should try to find organic if you can):

    – thyme
    – nettle leaf
    – chamomile
    – cinnamon
    – peppermint
    – ginger
    – licorice tea

    Note: almost all herbal teas have antifungal properties so if you are under heavy die-off you should either stay away from herbal teas or take them in moderation.



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    So I want to use my own thread to ask if following are OK to add to the list:

    – Rose hip or Dog-Rose Berry tea. It is usually mixed with hibiscus half/half mostly. My concern is that Rose hip or Dog-Rose Berry is a fruit.

    – Cranberry. It is often mixed with other herbs and normally very little cranberry (rarely over 20%).


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    the problem with a lot of brands sold in the UK, is they have other ingredients. For example Yogi liquorice tea, which taste good, has barley malt, orange & vanilla extracts in it.


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    Other teas:

    * Yarrow tea (good for detoxification, against die-off)
    * Citronella (lemon grass)
    * Lemon balm (against stress, calming effect)
    * Dandelion (detoxification of the liver, bile production, kidney function)
    * Woodruff
    * Lime blossom (diaphoretic = makes you sweat)
    * Rasperry leaves
    * Cornflower
    * Cardamom
    * Sage
    * Echinacea (for the immune system)
    * Mallow flower (cough, inflammation of mucosa)
    * Verbena (digestion)
    * Fennel (helps digestion, against bloating)
    * Gentian (bitter herb, like Swedish bitters)
    * Lady’s mantle (menstruation problems, giving birth)
    * Ginseng (for immune function, against fatigue, concentration problems)
    * Valerian (problems with falling asleep)

    and many more, which I don’t remember right now… Luckily, I live in the land of alps and herbs, so tea is very easy to access here and everyone drinks it. Usually I drink mixtures of those tea’s (for example a mixture of different herbs that help with sleep or with digestion), but sometimes I also drink them separately.



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    No matter how much of these detox teas your drink, if you’re ingesting mold along with the liquid tea, you’re only making matters worse. It’s important that you obtain a good quality organic tea only because of this.



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    Wouldn’t boiled water (the heat from it) remove most of the mold?



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    I’m not sure if ginseng is safe on the diet, I think I might have read that it spikes blood sugar somewhere. What do you know about it able? I was wondering about gingko too, since it has similar properties. If either or both of these are safe they seem like a great tool against brain fog and fatigue.


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    xday2dazex wrote: I’m not sure if ginseng is safe on the diet, I think I might have read that it spikes blood sugar somewhere. What do you know about it able? I was wondering about gingko too, since it has similar properties. If either or both of these are safe they seem like a great tool against brain fog and fatigue.

    Now, you mean gingko tea only or supplements as well (not sure if this matters)? I was prescribed the supplement by my doc for circulation as a natural replacement for aspirin (usually prescribed for heart issues I have had) since aspirin was affecting my balance issues.



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    1. Cardamom Tea

    Cardamom has been used since the ancient times for its healing properties for colds and congestion and it is known to possess detoxification properties. A cup of warm cardamom tea will go a long way to keep your body healthy and clean.

    2. Dandelion Tea: This tea is high in minerals and vitamins C with strong antioxidant properties. It also contains the antioxidant vitamin A, B vitamins and vitamin D. These all aid the detox process.

    3. Elderflower Tea: A lovely detox tea, generally useful to relief cold symptoms, including catarrh and has a pleasant taste.

    4. Fennel Tea: Best known for possessing natural healing attributes, promotes the relief of indigestion. An infusion of this herb is perfect for your detox process.

    5. Lemon Balm Tea: A refreshing gentle herbal tea popularly known as a calming tea that has soothing effects. Lemon Balm Tea has got lovely zesty taste that has a pleasant aroma that could send you to bed.

    6. Marigold Tea: Marigold Flower Tea is a cleansing and detoxifying herbal tea with anti-fungal activity. Marigold flowers are strongly anti-inflammatory and healing.

    7. Peppermint Tea: An herb for the digestive system. The top tea for the relief of cold and catarrh. Peppermint tea is a favorite for improving digestion.

    8. Sage Tea: Excellent as a gargle to assist the relief of sore throats. Drinking a perfect infusion of this herb on a cold morning will give that detox a good push.

    9. Nettle Tea: A detoxifier used as a spring tonic and used clinically for some disorders. A fresh brew of this tea drank first in the morning will be perfect for the good old detox.

    10. Rosemary Tea: Well known as one of the health boosting herbal teas. It is also said to assist detox when drunk in small quantities.


    Another list:

    Alfalfa – Arabs call this the “father of all foods” while westerners treat it as cattle fodder. It is rich in minerals and nutrients, so useful against heart disease and cancer, and good for cystitis or inflammation of the bladder, and of rheumatism. It boosts a sluggish appetite, and gives relief from bloating and water retention, and it relieves constipation.

    Anise) – helps expel gas, promotes digestion, relieves nausea and abdominal pain, soothes coughs and colds, and helps clear up congestion. It stimulates milk production in nursing mothers, and may reduce menopausal symptoms. It is also a spice, and can help other herbs taste better.

    Black Cohosh – relievess menopausal symptoms, used as a muscle relaxant, a natural anti-inflammatory treatment for rheumatoid arthritis.

    Boneset – brings down a fever, relieves flu symptoms, has a calming effect, and in a warm drink/tea is an excellent exporant – that is, it gets rid of the phlegm. In a cold drink/tea it is a mild laxative.

    Borage – the tea can be used to bathe inflamed eyes, drunk as a tea, it is good for cleansing the blood, for fevers and jaundice, and to expell poisons. Can also be used as a gargle to loosen phlegm.

    Burdock – nature’s best blood purifier, helps rid body of excess water weight, soothes pain of arthritis, rheumatism and backache, and relieves skin irritations.

    Butcher’s Broom – popular in Europe to treat poor circulation in the legs (restless leg syndrome). It improves circulation in hands and feet, reduces edema in legs or feet, and reduces swelling from arthritis and rheumatism. It has also reduced pain from hemorrhoids.

    Calendula – externally, it sooths skin irritations, and promotes healing. Taken internally, as in a tea, it may help prevent macular degeneration.

    Caraway Seeds – used in baking, excellent digestive aid, expels gas, reduces nausea, and improves the appetite. Helps to bring out phlegm in coughs and colds, and increases breast milk in nursing mothers.

    Cascara Sagrada – one of the best remedies for constipation, but not habit-forming, also for gallstones, and bile or liver complaints, Native peoples called it “sacred bark” because of the wonderful results, however, it has a bitter, disagreeable taste, so it is wise to go buy the chocolate covered tablets instead of taking straight.

    Angelica Root – tonic for stomach troubles, colds, fevers, colic, and strengthens heart. The tea can also be put into eyes and ears as drops, and will help marvelously

    Catnip – excellent for clearing up colic and gas and cramps in bowels, safe for babies and children too.

    Chamomile or Camomile – good for digestion, relaxing, rheumatoid arthritis, relieves back pain, soothes skin irritations, and good for sunburns, and much more!

    Chickweed – while consider a nucience by gardeners, it can be eaten like spinach, and makes a fine salve. It can also be used fresh, dried, or powdered. It is good for bronchitis, pleurisy, coughs, colds, hoarseness, and inflammations. It heals and sooths anything it comes in contact with. One of the best remedies in God’s Pharmacy.

    Cinnamon – clears the brain and thought processes, excellent for upset stomach gass and diarrhea. It is also a spice.
    Cleavers (galium aparine) – can be eaten like spinach, good remedy for kidney and bladder troubles, makes a good wash to clear complexion, and has cooling down effect in fevers, and good for stone in bladder, for scurvy and dropsy/edema.

    Cloves (or clove blossoms) – relieves toothache, controls vomiting.

    Corn silk – a good remedy for kidney and bladder troubles, especially when there is pain in the prostate gland in urinating, and for any painful urination. It can be useful to prevent bedwetting too.

    Dandilion – a natural diuretic and digestive aid, rich in potassium and lecithin, so protects the liver, excellent source of vitamin A, and protects against iron-deficiency anemia.

    Dong Quai – overall tonic for female reproductive system, reduces menstrual cramping and PMS, prevents anemia, and lowers high blood pressure.

    Echinacea – boosts immune system, and can reduce at least twelve clinical symptoms of bad colds. The native Indians of the Great Plains used this herb as a remedy for snakebites and skin wounds, and applied it directly to the mouth for toothaches and sore throats. It has also been successful in treating candida.

    Earl Mindell warns that since it stimulates the immune functions, those with autoimmune diseases should not take echinacea.

    Elderberry – used for centuries by gypsies for colds, influenza, and neuralgia. A tea of the flowers is good for inflammation and twitching of eyelids. As an ointment and/or a tea, it is valuable for all skin diseases, and a blood purifier. Useful for headaches in colds, and much mcuh more.

    Elecampane – good for coughs, asthma, and bronchitis, and works well for tuberclulosis when combined with echinecea. It relaxes and is a tonic to the mucous membranes, bringing out phlegm, so it strengthens the lungs and a tea of elecampane is good for whooping cough. It has other uses too.

    Eucalyptus – just a few whiffs, will clear upper respiratory tightness in colds and flu. It is good for bringing up phlegm, as an antiseptic, it can help sooth stiffness and swelling brought on by arthritis and rheumatism.

    Eyebright – especially useful for eyestrain, eye inflammations, and other eye ailments. It can greatly relieve runny, sore, itchy eyes due to colds or allergies.

    Fennel seeds and leaves – good for flavouring foods and medicines. A good eye wash, and for gas, acid stomach, gout, cramps, colic, and spams. Okay for small children if given in small doses. The tea is also good for snake bites, insect bites, food poisoning, and for obstructions in the liver, spleen and gall, clearing up jaundice. Increases both urine and menstrual flow.

    Feverfew – reduces fever, and reduces migraine symptoms, including nausea, vomiting and head pain.

    Garlic – helps prevent heart disease, reduces blood pressure and blood lipids, helps fight infection, and can even destroy some cancer cells. It is an excellent digestive aid.
    Ginger – relieves nausea and restores appetite. Also good for morning sickness. It is a spice as well.

    Ginkgo (Ginkgo Biloba) – Most researched/prescribed herb. Improves circulation through the body, improves mental functioning and the ability to concentrate, maybe be useful to relieve symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, and has been used to treat hemmorrhoids.

    Ginsing (Panax quinquefolia) – used a lot in hot, tropic climates to prevent all kinds of diseases. Effective drink for choses, chest troubles, and coughs. Taken hot will cause perspiration. Also good for stomach troubless and constipation. It promotes appetite, and heals digestive distrubances.

    Goldenrod – used internally to treat kidney and bladder stones and infections, as well as general urinary infections. It is sometimes included in cough medicine and is used to treat rheumatism.

    Gotu Kola – improves memory, has a calming effect, good expectorant, that is, it can eliminate congestion due to colds, promotes healing after childbirth, improves circulation, and it reduces pain and swelling in phlebitis.

    Green Tea – keeps free radicals under control, reduces risk of cancer, and helps prevent heart disease.

    Honey – soothes the throat and is loaded with immune-stimulating antioxidants.

    Hops – contrary to its name, hops has a calming effect, relieves indigestion, and is an old-time pain-reliever. Another good after-dinner tea. It also relieves cramps and muscle spasms, and stimulates the appetite. It used to be used in ale as a preservative. Sprinkle in your pillowcase for insomnia.

    Horsetail – (also known as fleabane, and silica, among other names). It helps the body to absorb calcium and nourishes the nails, skin, hair, and connective tissues. It will remove excess oil from skin and hair and makes individual hairs stronger, thicker and more resilient.

    Hyssop – helps relieve that stuffed head feeling and congestion in the chest, it is a good expectorant, relieves gas, improves the appetite, and is a good gargle for a sore throat.

    Jasmine – the flowers make a delicious and appetizing tea (many commercial varieties now). Jasmine has a calming effect, and makes a good after-dinner drink. Some think it is an aphrodisiac.

    Kava or Kava kava – nature’s valium without side effects or affecting one’s mind, or making one sluggish. It helps you get a good night’s sleep, relaxes you, and reduces water retention

    Lady’s Mantle – arabic women use this to restore beauty and youth. In the western world used to stop bleeding, regulate menstruration and stimulate appetite. It makes a soothing douche for vaginal irritations.

    Lavender – relaxes and helps people sleep, and feel calm. Very popular in aromatherapy. Recent studies show it has many other benefits, and one study shows it can replace sleeping pills.

    Lemon Balm – (also known as balm or Melissa), this is a member of the mint family, and a remedy for gas and colic. Herbalists have made it into a syrup which they serve to those with upset stomachs, nervous tension and insomnia. A tea of lemon balm induces perspiration when trying to break a fever. A cream made from it is good for cold sores around the mouth.

    Lemon Juice – prevents scurvy and is a great cleanser and healer for the body. Diluted with water can be drunk daily for prevention of diseases.

    Lemon grass – purifies the whole body.

    Lemon Verbena – thought to increase feelings of love.

    Licorice – reduces pain of ulcers, can relieve menopausal symptoms, helps break up congestion due to colds, sooths sore, hoarse throats, reduces pain and stiffness from arthritis, may help retard growth of certain tumors, and is used to treat heptatitis B.

    Linden flowers (Basswood) – old-fashioned remedy to make one perspire, and cleanse out the kidneys, bladder and stomach; valuable for coughs and hoarseness, sore throat (gargle), and also epilepsy and headaches.

    Malva – young leaves of this ornamental flowering plant can be eaten like lettuce,

    Marjoram – a good tonic, especially effective when combined with camomile and gentian, good for sour stomach, and deals with loss of appetite, cough, spleen and eruptive diseases, also good for poisonous insect bites, snake bites, jaundice, and toothache.

    Marshmallow – calming effect on body, soothes coughts and chest irritation in colds, brings out phlegm, and also relieves pain from ulcers, enteritis and colitis.

    Peppermint or mint – best-tasting herb! good for cramps and stomach pain, relieves gas, aids in digestion, reduces sick feeling, and can help with insomnia.

    Motherwort – well-known for menstrual problems and cramps, strengthens the heart and helps nervous conditions, kills worms and is a remedy for chest colds. Has a great effect if taken during pregnancy.

    Mugwort – good for female complaints when mixed with marigold, cramp bark and black haw. Also useful for inflammatory swellings, and for getting rid of kidney and bladder stones and gravel, and gout.

    Mullein – valuable for asthma, croup, bronchitis, and all lung infections, and hay fever.

    Nettles – many wonderful benefits! Nettles prevent scrofula, good remedy for kidney troubles and gravel, neuralgia, kills and expells worms, and increases menstrual flow. Great for diarrhea, dysentery, piles, hemorrhages, fevers and colds. The tea will expel phlegm from the lungs and stomach. The leaves can be eaten as spinach. There’s much more!

    Oregano – the spice of this name is actually a winter type of marjoram. True oregano is thought to have been used as medicine for hundreds of years as a natural disinfectant and antimicrobial, to help beat a cold or flle, promotes healing of skin wounds. The oil of oregano is used to disinfect a sick room.

    Orange Peel – should have similar effect as whole oranges or orange juice. Strengthening and refreshing, and healing as well as cleansing to digestive tract.

    Orris Root powder – made from the root of iris plants, may be taken internally for coughs, mucus, and diarrhea. Externally for deep wounds.

    Passion Flower – has a calming effect, great for an insomnia filled with worry, can relieve nervous tension headaches, and is good for muscle spasms due to nerves.

    Pau D’Arco – from tree bark in Brazil, this helps cure fungal infections, fight parasitic infections, promotes good digestion and lowers blood sugar.
    Pleurisy Root – valuable for breaking up colds and pleurisy, and for all sorts of fevers, scarlet fever, pheumatic fever, lung fever, bilous fever typhus, and measles. (Unfortunately, I found this herb hard to find in local health food stores when I had pleurisy and was really eager to try it).

    Raspberry leaves – prepares the uterus for childbirth, and is believed to shorten labour. it alleviates menstrual cramps, and is also good for sore throats and fever blisters.

    Red Clover Blossoms – relaxes the body, good for skin inflammations, and menopausal symptoms. Jethro Kloss told stories in his book, Back to Eden of red clover healing cancerour tumors, and being safe to drink as a tea in place of water or coffee. Red Clover can only do you good.

    Red Raspberry – both the dried leaves and the berries will remove canker sours from muccous membranes, it is great for dysentery and diarrhea in infants, it is able to increase menstrual flow, and will ease nausea. It is always soothing.

    Rose hips – these are the bright red berries that remain after a rose, particulary the wild prairie rose, dies off. Those berries, when dried are chock full of vitamin C! Add them to just about any tea you make for the vitamin C benfit.

    Rosemary – recent studies indicate it may help prevent breast cancer. It is an old-fashioned remedy for colds, colic and nervous conditions. Good for nervous headaches, as a mouth wash, for sore throat and foul breath, and for female complaints. (As an oil it is used for perfumes and shampoos).

    Sage – popular for cooking, but also good for sore gums, and for stomach cramps and for digestion, Recommended for people who perspire a lot, often known as a cure-all.

    Sassafras – a tonic to cleanse blood and entire bodily system. It flavours other herbs that have a disagreeable taste. Tonic for bowels and stomach, and will relieve gas, and colic. A good wash for eyes, and good for kidneys, bladder, chest and throat troubles, also for varicose veins. Oil of sassafras is wonderful for a toothache.

    Sassparilla – good remedy after taking poison- it will clean out the stomach. Also good for internal infammations, colds, phlegm and fever.

    Slippery Elm – extremely soothing for scratchy, raw, sore throats and mouths. Also feels good after vomiting.

    Skullcap – very quieting to nerves, produces sleep in delirium tremens, good for neuralgia aches and pains, and can be used as a substitute for quinine without the side-effects. It is also the traditional remedy for rabies, known as the mad-dog weed.

    Spearmint – one of the mint family, especially highly regarded for colic and gas in stomach and bowels, for dyspepsia, spasms, edema, and in nausea and vomiting. (Warning: Do NOT boil spearmint!)

    Stevia – first found in Paraguay, this herb is 200 times sweeter than sugar, but totally natural. It is used in Japan and some other countries as a sweetner. Both dried stevia leaves, and a liquid preparation maybe be available at your health store.

    St. John’s Wort – treats depression, has calming effect, relieves uterine cramping, promotes healing of skins wounds and helps the body fight virual infection. Not proven yet, but thought to help control appetite, and thus weight-reduction.

    Strawberry leaves – the dried leaves make a great tea that is a tonic and tones up the body’s intestines and appetite. It cleanses the stomach and is good for eczema and to prevent night sweats.

    Thyme – an expectorant and disinfectant, and known for its antifungal properties. Makes a good gargle for a sore throat. Good in fevers. Will make you perspire when taken hot. Valuable in whooping cough, asthma and and lung troubles. A good remedy for bowel gas and cramps in stomach and diarrhea, even for children when given in small frequent doses. Can also relieve headaches. Lemon thyme is of this family and smells of lemon.

    Uva Ursi – (also known as bearberry) effective treatment for bladder and kidney problems, it is a good diuretic, and relieves the pain of cystitis and pephritis, it also gets rid of bloating due to water retention.

    Vervain – wonderful help in fevers, often cures colds overnight. Also remedies whoopling cough, pneumonia,asthma, and expels phlegm from throat and chest. It also produces profuses perspiration.

    Violet (leaves and flowers) – relieves severe headaches, combined with other herbs it can be made into poultices for cancer, ulcers and bed sores, or ointments for an itch. Of course, also as a tea.

    Walnut leaves (black) – fights fungal infections, helps fight bacterial infections, is an anti-parasitic, and helps to promote regularlity in the bowels.

    White Oak Bark – very strong astringent, antiseptic and tonic. Excellent in leucorrhea and womb troubles, and will expel pin worms. It stops bleeding internally, removes gallstones and kidney stones, and the tea is also good for bathing scabs and sores, and varicose veins.

    Wild Yam – very relaxing to nerves, expels gas, good for pain in urinary tract, and during pregnancy and childbirth, combined with ginger will prevent miscarriage. Fine for children.

    Yarrow – excellent for hemorrhages and bleeding from lungs. If take at beginning of cold with other simple remedies, it will break it up in twenty-four hours. Good for fevers if taken hot, also for suppressed or scanty urine, old wounds, and piles. As a tea, it makes a fine douche for leucorrhea too. It expells gas, and considered by some, more effective than quinine.

    Yellow Dock – tonic and blood purifier, and good for eruptive diseases such as scofula, glandular tumors, swellings, leprosy, cancer, ulcerated eyelids, syphilis, running ears and itch. Apply tea on surface with a cloth wetted and wrung out in the tea.

    Yerba Santa – quiets a nagging cough, helps clear a chest of phlegm, relieves congestion caused by allergies.




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    OMG raster, you do have quite a list!!! Thanks for posting. I will combine the list into the first post so people don’t have to scroll through the thread. Did you check all the additions for possible no-no’s? Rosehip I posted is a bit iffy isn’t it?




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    I need to go through the list and edit it some; it seems that these are not all teas but herbs. I just copied and pasted it…either way there is a lot out there!



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    raster wrote: I need to go through the list and edit it some; it seems that these are not all teas but herbs. I just copied and pasted it…either way there is a lot out there!


    OK just let me know when edited so I an add them to the starting list. Did you check other teas people posted? Are all safe? Don’t want to add them to the list if they are not as I don’t want to lead someone to drink it and do damage to their treatment.



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    Ipe roxo tea! It is recommended by many Danish sites as a remedy against candida.


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    I have stayed away from tea because I have read that tea contains mold which we don’t want. Is there anyway to know what is a good source of tea? I am looking for the Nettle Leaf Tea but am not sure how to guarantee that it doesn’t contain mold. Any help would be appreciated.


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    Hello janie jane,

    The molds found in tea should be destroyed when you pour hot boiling water on the tea, so I wouldn’t worry about the mold. It also should bring more benefit than detriment.


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