Teas are excellent alternatives for when we need to to calm down, treat any pain, cold or even to accompany breakfast. Most people end up consuming the sachet versions, the famous “tea bag”. These are more practical options than dried or fresh herbs from the yard. But do they have the same properties? The fact is that they are different, with positive and negative points and with very significant differences.
The loose leaf teas that we usually buy in bulk are chosen by a careful process and special parts of the plant are put up for sale. The plants go through a process of selection, drying and division into smaller pieces. It is practically the natural plant with less water to help with conservation.
The price and practicality are not so attractive when compared to the sachet versions, however it is possible to infuse some herbs up to twice to make good use of the product or find places that sell at more affordable prices. Using accessories that make it easier to make tea are also an alternative: reusable “bags” or infusers are great alternatives.
Bag tea, in most cases, is made with pieces of the plant that are not suitable for bulk sales. Like this, the plants are ground into very small pieces, which causes the nutritional properties, essential oils and amount of vitamins to drop a lot or are almost nil.
Because of this over-processing, it is not known exactly what is in tea bag. It may contain other parts of the plant, other herbs and substances that are recurrent from industrialization. In addition, the use of packaging is problematic. As much as it makes everything more practical, it generates more waste to the environment (it has the box, the plastic wrapping…) and the sachet often has toxic substances that are released with heat.
“And now, should I never drink tea again? But bulk teas are so hard work 🙁 ”The recommendation is to always make preference for bulk teas which even tastes much better than sachet. But there are some alternatives to make everything easier:
- Some brands make tea bags “as if they were in bulk”, using herbs less crushed and better selected. Look for them.
- There are a few infusers for teas (very cute, by the way) or mugs infusers that make work much easier, just look well.
- Do you drink a lot of tea or are many people in the house who love the drink? It is worth doing in large quantities and storing in a thermos 🙂
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