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In the interest of better health I have started drinking tea. Hot tea that is. I have been a decaffinated tea drinker since my dd was born 6 yrs. ago. I recently purchased some chamomile to settle my anxiety in the evenings(or mornings for that matter). There was a sample of Blueberry tea as a bonus and YUMMY!!!!! It was delicious. I sweeten w/honey which I will be changing to local honey as soon as I run out of what I've got. I was wondering what other types of hot tea's other mammas could reccomend? I don't want to buy a bunch of stuff I don't like, but I am interested in green tea's and other tea's with health benefits. And lastly my practitioner told me that tea has a "acid" (I beleive that's what she said) that breaks down iron and prevents the absorption of it, so I shouldn't take my vitamins with it. Is that true? If so isn't tea a "no no" for my toddlers? I wouldn't want them to become anemic! TIA
 

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I like <a href="http://www.culinaryteas.com" target="_blank">www.culinaryteas.com</a> because you can buy 1oz samples and try everything you want without investing alot. HTH! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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btw you MUST try the belgium chocolate roobios! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yummy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yummy">
 

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I've been drinking Traditional Medicinals' organic green tea. It's kind of expensive normally, but it was on sale. At first, green tea tasted a bit bitter to me, but now I love the taste. I add honey or sucanat and whole milk. I never heard that about tea - that it interferes with the absorption of iron. I'd like to do more research on that.<br><br>
You mentioned that you drink decaf tea. Green tea does have caffeine. Sorry if I'm stating the obvious.
 

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I am a total tea maniac! I have tea parties and everything. When the doctor refered to "tea" he probably meant black tea. Herbal "tea" isn't really "tea," it is herbs, so it doesn't have the acids he is talking about. Traditional Medicinals just came out with a really cute brand of children's teas, which are less potent and come in cute boxes. They are all completely safe. Another tea that kids love is Roobios or "red tea." Trader Joe's has a yummy one with spices added to it (rooibos can be kind of bitter otherwise). It is also kind of full bodied tea, in the way that black tea is.<br>
White tea has the most antioxidants of all, (black, green and white are all different stages of the same plant), and it usually has less caffeine. You can also decaffinate tea naturally by letting your tea soak for 30 seconds, dumping the water and refilling your cup. Decaf tea is sometimes decaffinated with chemicals, so this is a safer way to do it.
 

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I really like green teas and my new favorite brand is Yogi Tea-Green Tea Decaf Kombucha. It's got plum and passion fruit flavors in it which really compliment the green tea flavor. It says on the box that it "supports immune system" and so far it's working! Not one sniffle yet even though everyone around me is sick.<br><br><br>
Hmm, just noticed it says not to use it if you're pregnant or nursing. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blush">
 
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