Oh, tea! One of the true loves of my life!
[Cuppatea: The Teatox for Weight Loss]
I was sent some tea from Cuppatea a couple of weeks back, and I've been trying it out since. It was quite a switch because I usually have a cup of strong black tea before bed (addiction), so switching to herbal tea was a bit of a challenge for me.
Before all that jazz, though, let's take a look at the tea itself!
The packaging for Cuppatea's range is absolutely adorable! With a colour scheme that soothes yet exudes fun, it's definitely something you would like to have sitting on your tea shelf just for aesthetics. It's also wonderful that the packages come with a ziptop to maintain the freshness of the tea within. A thousand points for ergonomic packaging.
[Cuppatea's Bedtime Cleanse and Morningtime Detox]
This duo is part of a 14-Day detox, adorably called a "teatox". The reason the Bedtime Cleanse package is smaller is because it's meant to be taken every other night, unlike the daily dose of Morningtime Detox.
While packaged in the UK, the tea itself is grown in China, which means it's of pretty decent quality. Cuppatea markets their Teatox as:
- A weight loss aid
- A natural healthy drink
- A functional tea drink
I'm not sure what a "functional" tea drink means, but I can only assume it means that it can be used for recreational purposes as well.
[Cuppatea's Morningtime Detox]
The instructions on this encourage its consumption as the very first thing you do in the morning, and this goes across the board for most detox drinks. It's more likely to work if it is administered to a freshly booted body, on an empty stomach.
[Instructions: "Drink me every morning to start your day"]
The recommended brewing time is 3 minutes, which is also consistent with most infusions primarily because they have strong flavours which may not be palatable past that point. It's also clearly stated that it should be brewed in "near boiling water", so you should let the boiled water sit for a few minutes before brewing your tea. The reason for this is to prevent the freshly boiled water from killing all the benefits of the herbs in there!
[Ingredients' List for Morningtime Detox]
Ingredients: Mate leaves, Chinese oolong tea, Ginger root, Lotus Leaves, Lemongrass, Ginseng root, Dandelion leaf, Gotu kola leaves, Nettle leaves
The makeup of the Morningtime Detox tea is a mixture of caffeine and diuretics, essentially. Let's consider what each of these ingredients actually does, shall we?
Mate LeavesThese are also known as the "yerba mate" variety of tea which is high in both antioxidants and caffeine. It's actually one of the more highly caffeinated varieties of tea, even compared to black tea, but it smells mildly herbal which helps you to get away with pretending you're not ingesting a shocking amount of caffeine. It has been used as a traditional medicinal herb for a LONG time, and it was considered very effective in treating a variety of maladies such as fatigue, heart-related complications, depression, low blood pressure, constipation, joint pains, etc. Essentially, anything that can be fixed with a bit of caffeine, responds well to yerba mate.
Oolong TeaI'm reasonably sure that the majority of you would have had oolong tea at some point. It's the most common variety of Chinese tea, and if that's what you order, it's more likely than not straight up oolong, or a blend of some sort. Oolong has been associated with positive results in treating fatigue (hello, caffeine!), obesity, tooth decay, heart disease, high cholesterol, skin diseases (e.g. eczema), etc. Not only does oolong contain caffeine, it also contains the chemicals theophylline and theobromine which are veru similar to caffeine.
Ginger RootGinger has a number of health benefits, most notably in terms of digestion. It works as both a laxating agent, as well as a means of removing excess gas from the stomach.
Lotus LeavesWhile the research on lotus leaves' health-giving benefits is rather scarce, it has been touted as an effective coagulant for bleeding disorders, as well as being a constipating agent.
LemongrassLemongrass has long been used for its medicinal properties from treating ailments such as stomach troubles, high blood pressure, vomitting and fever. It is mildly astringent, so it has the ability to inhibit the spread of bacteria and yeast. The latter is particularly important because there is quite the correlation between detox and yeast infections in women because detox products tend to have a diuretic effect.
Ginseng RootGinseng is another of those roots that goes back to the age before modern medicine. While it has been hailed as a cure-all, a particularly interesting interesting claim to fame is its ability to stabilize blood sugar. This means that it will moderate your levels of hunger and all those random cravings because it prevents spikes in blood sugar.
Dandelion LeafThis is another of those herbs that has tenuous roots in science, but a multitude of people use it for treating stomach troubles. It is frequently added into products as both a diuretic and a laxative.
Gotu Kola LeavesCommonly used as a treatment for diarrhea and indigestion, gotu kola has the wonderful effect of aiding in the production of collagen for healing. It's also used to help with fatigue, depression and circulation problems. It is, however, not a stimulant.
Unlike the Morningtime Detox, their Bedtime Cleanse is not meant for daily use. It is to be used every other night before going to bed as the herbs in the product are primarily laxatives and are designed to work after 8 hours of consumption.
[Instructions: "Drink me every other night before bed"]
[Ingredients' List for Bedtime Cleanse]
Ingredients: Senna leaves, Burdock root, Liquorice root, Hawthorn leaves, Fenugreek seeds, Peppermint leaves, Chamomile, Psyllium seeds
Senna LeavesSenna's primary use is as a laxative.
Burdock RootBurdock is particularly good as an anti-inflamatory substance that helps to kill bacteria. It's also used to treat a variety of skin conditions eczema, psoriasis and acne.
Liquorice RootMore often than not, liquorice is used as a flavouring agent because it is a little bit sweet, and leaves an aftertaste that many people find pleasant (though there are equally as many who despise it). It's meant to be a regulator of cortisol as well because it has an effect on the adrenal glands, i.e. it helps to reduce stress.
Hawthorn LeavesAs a powerful antioxidant, hawthorn is used to lower blood pressure and break down fat in the liver (so you won't turn into foie gras) and the arteries. It also lowers cholesterol by increasing the production of bile (which helps to break down the bad stuff).
Fenugreek SeedsThe science behind fenugreek is uncertain, but it is commonly employed in the moderation of blood sugar in the body. It also treats issues such as constipation and inflammation of the stomach. Further, it is meant to be good for detoxifying the kidneys.
Peppermint LeavesMost people consume peppermint tea to aid in digestion and relaxation.
ChamomileLikewise, chamomile aids digestion and works as a mild sedative.
Psyllium SeedsPsyllium is a dense fibre-based substance that it used to treat constipation.
I was eternally grateful that the tea wasn't loose in the package because the effort required to measure quantities and clean and additional tea infuser would be too much work for me.
Instead, they've conveniently measured out the herbs and placed them in lovely, sturdy silk teabags which do not hinder the brewing process. Unlike regular teabags, these bags allows for larger particles so you are getting decently sized leaves and herbs in each bag.
As always, the best thing about tea is the ritual of it all. It's designed to make you relax and enjoy the process of it all. So, why not go all out with a tea timer and pretty tea cup?
[Tea Timer Out!]
[Beginning of the Brew for Morningtime Detox]
[End of Brew for Morningtime Detox]
After 3 minutes, it's ready to drink! As you can see, the herbs have expanded upon contact with the water as they unfurl to release all their beneficial properties.
[Top: Pre-Infusion; Bottom: Post-Infusion]
While I am not a fan of herbal tea (I thoroughly despise peppermint and chamomile tea...undrinkable!), I thought that the flavour of the Morningtime Detox was rather palatable. It had a somewhat earthy, grassy quality to it, but not unpleasantly so. It smelled primarily of the mate leaves which was quite nice too. As always, you have the option of adding a bit of honey to it, though it is best drunk on its own. Just remember not to add honey to boiling water because it kills anything good and means you're just drinking sugar. I did add honey, but I've never been one who likes sweetened teas, so I preferred it on its own.
I was rather surprised to find that the Bedtime Cleanse brewed darker than the Morningtime Detox because it didn't contain any caffeine. I can only assume the liquorice was the cause of this.
[Brewed Bedtime Cleanse]
The evening tea was truly an evening tea with a bit of a smokey quality to it. It is a rather subtle smokiness, with an underlying sweetness from the liquorice which was quite lovely. It does have a very slightly bitter aftertaste from the senna leaves, but nothing that really lingers. It's a bit astringent, which is how I like my tea.
[Morningtime Detox and Bedtime Cleanse]
I tried out the cleanse for the 14-day period it is recommended for and while I can see how they are labelled as detoxifying products, I think using them solely for the purpose of weight loss is a bit of a stretch because they contain so many diuretic and laxative inducing herbs. This means that the weight you lose will be mostly water weight, which doesn't actually count.
I do appreciate the fact that they've provided a disclaimer that it's meant to be used as part of a calorie-restricted diet, because that's the only way you will actually lose weight.
On the whole, these are pleasant enough if you are a fan of herbal teas. I am generally not, but I like the flavour profile of these much more than any other herbal tea I've tried. If you are looking for something to help boost your overall health, these couldn't hurt, but I wouldn't bank on them solely for weight loss. You need to diet and exercise for that. There's no way around it!
To get your very own teatox kit, visit www.cuppatea.uk.com where you are entitled to a 15% discount using the code "arpita15off".