Detox teas: What is all the hype about?

 I am constantly trying to get over my addiction to a certain diet soda. After looking online, I decided the best way to do this was to try a detox tea instead  of my usual carbonated beverage. I didn’t think it would work, but it did.

It has been nearly three weeks since I have drank the sweet nectar of diet cola. I tried three different caffeine free detox teas for about a week each to see which would help me the best. When it comes  to detoxing tea it is supposed to flush your organs and get rid of toxins. Did these teas do that? I easier to get up each morning. Many of these teas use dandelion root, licorice root, clover, basil or nettles in their ingredients.

It is best to check each tea’s ingredients to make sure there is nothing  you are allergic to. I found the tea a useful substitute for diet pop. Here are my ratings of the various teas I tried:

Yogi Peach DeTox

Taste: A peachy taste with a little bit of a bite.

Claims: “Promotes healthy kidney functioning.”

Price: Just under $6 for 1.12 ounces at many local health and grocery stores.

Verdict: I wouldn’t purchase this again. The taste was nothing special. It was very typical of what I have purchased in the past. But, I do think the tea smell would make a lovely air scent.

Detox Organic by Spice Merchants

Taste: This is a peppermint blend with a hint of licorice. It didn’t have a smooth taste.

Claims: “The cleansing properties of this warming and delicately sweet blend relax the nerves, promote healthy digestion, calm the stomach and reduce blood sugar levels.”

Price: It is available at Spice Merchants online for $4.29 per ounce. I picked it up at their store in Saugatuck.

Verdict: I would not purchase this again. When I got up in the morning, I actually dreaded drinking this tea.

Tea Chai Te, A tea bar-Detox Tea

Taste: This tasted fantastic and clean. I was leery of selecting it because sometimes lemon teas smell like a can of pledge.  I would say it is similar to a non-sweet/non-sour lemonade with a hint of green tea.

Claims: “A refreshing organic tea with strong lemon aroma and herbs that help flush the body of toxins….easy on the digestive system.”

Price: The price of the tea is $5 for two ounces at their shop on There is also the cost of shipping. On Etsy, their shop is called Peace Love Tea.

Verdict: I adore this tea. I felt charged when I drank it.

Amanda Leitch-Lee is a resident of Greenville. Before you get too annoyed by her eco-friendly ways, she drinks Diet Coke, found composting too hard and uses her dryer in the summer.

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