Herbal teas - which to avoid?

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silíní Posts: 4219
Hi everyone, I've been drinking more of this than usual due to trying to cut down on caffeine, increase fluid intake etc. I know you should avoid green tea due to it blocking folic acid uptake, and raspberry leaf is only to be used at the end, but any others that are dodgy??? Anyone know??? S
tfarmur Posts: 243
What herbal tea are you drinking at the moment? I'm not really sure which tea's you should be drinking, but I want to cut down drinking ordinary tea as well and would be interested to hear some feedback on this! [url=http://www.TickerFactory.com/] [img:10xp7zru]http://tickers.TickerFactory.com/ezt/d/1;19;29/st/20080613/k/55d4/preg.png[/img:10xp7zru] [/url] url=http://www.TickerFactory.com/] [img:10xp7zru]http://tickers.TickerFactory.com/ezt/d/2;10716;95/st/20021113/n/Little+Missy/k/9e68/age.png[/img:10xp7zru] [/url]
theoracle Posts: 7664
teas made from ginger, lime blossom, peppermint, roasted barley, rose hips, and thyme are safe to drink occasionally in small amounts while you're pregnant or nursing. However, drinking excessive amounts of any teas can cause health problems for you and your developing baby. Which teas are not safe? Many of the herbs used for teas, when taken in large or medicinal amounts, can potentially stimulate the uterus and induce miscarriage. These include anise, catnip, chamomile, comfrey, ephedra (called ma huang in traditional Chinese medicine), European mistletoe, hibiscus, horehound, Labrador, lemongrass, licorice root, mugwort, pennyroyal, raspberry leaf, rosemary, sage, sassafras, stinging nettle leaf, vetiver, and yarrow. Although some midwives use raspberry leaf (also known as red raspberry leaf) to aid delivery, its effectiveness hasn't been proven. In any case, it should be used only near term and under the supervision of a healthcare professional. Avoid the rest of the herbs in this list during pregnancy and lactation. Note: You can still eat food that contains herbs like rosemary and sage, because the amounts used in food are generally much smaller than those used in tea — and not as potent (the brewing process for making tea concentrates the chemicals of the herbs).
Idina Posts: 1289
I drink decaffinated lyons tea. It tastes the same I think!
silíní Posts: 4219
Whoops that sounds like nearly all of them!!!! I have been buying lots of different ones in a deliberate attempt to avoid over drinking any particular tea,but i certainly drink peppermint and chamomile. I also drink fruity ones that do contain hibiscus.... Do you think one cup a day is too much? S
blue9 Posts: 77
I didn't know that about chamomile tea. I've been drinking 1-2 cups a day and it seems fine (although went off hot drinks altogether at the start). I will ask the doctor at the next appointment.