Originally Posted by quarteralien
Hey, I have a question for you all. Do any of you drink herbal teas? I haven't and neither has DH, but I got a free sample and I"m trying to figure out if it's against the WoW. It's supposed to help you sleep, so I assume there isn't any caffeine in it. The herbs are lemon balm, chamomile, lavendar, oatstraw, and milk stage oats. Anyone know anything about these? TIA.
Herbal teas are not against the Word of Wisdom. The technical name for what you are talking about is herbal infusions. "Tea" means an herbal infusion from the tea plant, which is prohibited in the Word of Wisdom, as interpreted by Brigham Young, when he said that hot drinks means coffee and tea.
Edited to add:
I looked up some references:
This is from the website of an LDS acquaintance of mine - http://www.hotpepper.ca/lds/wordofwisdom/hot/
These two are from LDS.org. Their URLs are awful, so I made tinyurls. If they don't work in the future, I just went to lds.org and searched for herbal tea.http://tinyurl.com/2bq8vahttp://tinyurl.com/22w5no
You may also remember when we were using the Heber J. Grant manual, that he mentioned herbal teas. (This was in Lesson 17 - Being Loyal Citizens)
"Politics reminds me very much of the measles. The measles don’t hurt much if you will take a little saffron [herbal] tea or something else to keep them on the surface. But if they once set in on you, they turn your hide yellow and sometimes make you cross-eyed. So do not let politics set in on you. I believe absolutely in the best men for the office. I believe in honest, upright, good men being chosen to occupy places and positions. [Gospel Standards, 130.]"
I will always remember that quote because I was researching vaccines at the time. It showed me that before the measles vaccine came about, people weren't afraid of the measles, and they knew simple ways to help people get through the sickness. But it's great for supporting the position in favor of herbal teas as well.