Myth Busters: Is Tea Dehydrating?

Do you often wonder if tea is dehydrating? Customers often ask us if drinking tea is just as good as drinking water.

The truth is that tea counts as a beneficial and hydrating drink; even though caffeine-containing tea is a diuretic, the actual caffeine amount does not offset the hydration benefits of tea. Your body will absorb as much fluid as it needs as long as you are giving it water-based fluids.

We offer more than 100 teas and tisanes that hydrate, refresh and taste delicious. Whether it’s a classic pure tea, a wild blend of herbs and spices, a bold black tea, a delicate white tea, or something in between we have the beverage to quench your thirst. Read on, we also have pairing suggestions with healthy, hydrating food.

Myth: Tea is Dehydrating

Caffeine is a mild diuretic that causes your kidneys to work to flush your system. But, it is said you would have to drink 500 mg of caffeine a day to see dehydrating effects. That’s a lot of tea even for a tea lover.

Curious about caffeine amounts? Check out this post: How much Caffeine is in my Tea. Generally, tea has about 10-70mg of caffeine per brewed cup, with Yerba Mate about 80mg per cup.  And of course, we have many naturally caffeine-free tisanes including tart and bold Hibiscus Fruit Tisanes.

Just think of the volume of water you consume along with a small dose of caffeine with your daily tea habit––whether it be blackgreenoolong, or white.

Some of our favorites are the delicate Silver Needle White Tea, a smooth and fruity Clouds and Mist Green Tea, a malty Assam Back Tea from the Mokalbari Estate or a naturally caffeine-free Rooibos.

We all need water to keep our body functioning properly. We need water to aid in digestion, regulate body temperature, lubricate joints, and help get rid of waste.  As we know, tea contains a lot of water, so tea can help with hydration. Also see our post on Water Quality for Tea.

Hydrating Foods to Pair With Tea

If you are concerned about dehydrating effects, especially during these warm months, check with your healthcare provider for strategies. And, here’s a short list of hydrating foods you could pair with your favorite teas:

Organic Sencha Green Tea with fresh, raw cucumbers

Organic Bai Mu Dan White Tea with a colorful bowl full of blueberries (eat the rainbow)

Cinnamon Roll Black Tea with applesauce

Roasted Yerba Mate with your tomato sauce-based dish or cool gazpacho

Darjeeling Black Tea with a handful of red grapes

If tea is your morning drink, you’ll also love our post on how to pair tea with breakfast foods.
Your morning and afternoon pick-me-ups help hydrate you. Drink up, and enjoy!

Stay Cool With DIY Green Tea Face Mist for Summer

Add more tea to your day! Spritz on a nourishing green tea face mist and body mist to feel cooled and refreshed.

Green tea is known to hold antioxidants which are also great to have directly on the skin. Fruity, and slightly earthy, you’ll love how this tea feels on your skin. Revitalizing and aromatic, try this DIY tea mist.

Green Tea Face Mist and Body Mist

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon Clouds & Mist Organic Green Tea

Half of a cucumber

1 tablespoon aloe vera gel

Optionally, add a drop of your favorite essential oil such as rose

Small spray bottle

Brew a cup of Clouds & Mist Organic Green Tea as you usually would and place in refrigerator to cool. Peel and puree half a cucumber, then strain. Pour the cup of cooled tea into the spray bottle. Combine two tablespoons cucumber juice, one tablespoon aloe vera gel and a drop of essential oil. Shake to combine. Your new mist can be stored in the refrigerator for about a week.

Here's how to make an easy DIY Cucumber and Rosewater Green Tea face mist at home

 

Tea Smoothie Recipes for Summer

What says cool summer cuisine more than smoothies? Maybe a smoothie is an everyday thing for you?

 

You can up your game with your favorite tea added to your smoothie. Tea is a flavorful and healthful way to add variety to a smoothie habit. And, a smoothie is a fun way to change your tea ritual with the seasons. You can add the best blackgreenhibiscus and herbal teas and tisanes.

Cool, refreshing, delectable smoothies are the quintessential summer treat. In addition to tea, take your smoothie beyond the ordinary by adding avocado, kefir, spinach and of course your favorite summer fruits.

Leave your blender out on the kitchen counter and enjoy these summer smoothies. Plus, check out our tips for the best smoothies this summer.

 

Honeydew Green Tea Smoothie

Brew and chill one double-strength cup of Strawberry Lychee Green Tea. (The strawberry-lychee combo compliments the honeydew.)

1 cup honeydew chunks
1 banana
1 teaspoon local honey
½ cup almond milk (or your preferred milk)

Blend and add ice as desired

 

Vanilla Matcha Green Tea Smoothie

2 teaspoons Vanilla Matcha Green Tea 
1/2 avocado
1/2 cup yogurt
1 cup almond milk
Add a few spinach leaves
Add your favorite fruit (bananas work well)

Blend and add ice as desired

 

Creamy Caramel Banana Yerba Mate Smoothie

1 cup Caramel Cream Yerba Mate, brewed double-strength and chilled
1 peeled, frozen banana cut in chunks
2 tablespoons of your favorite milk
1 teaspoon honey

Blend and add more ice if needed

Matcha Green Tea Smoothie Recipe

Top Tea Smoothie Tips

TEA ICE CUBES

Do you add ice to your smoothie? Make and keep a stash of tea ice cubes in your freezer… Simply brew your favorite tea as usual, pour it into an ice cube tray and use as you would regular ice.

 

INFUSE YOUR MILK

Enjoy milk, almond milk, kefir or yogurt in your smoothie? Twenty-four hours ahead of your smoothie add a tablespoon of tea to each cup of milk and let infuse. When you are ready to make your tea, strain out the leaves and use the infused liquid in your smoothie.

 

ADD MATCHA

Already make a green smoothie? Add Matcha green tea to your cup for an invigorating, grassy note. Just add 1/2 teaspoon (or a little more) per serving and blend as usual.

 

REUSE LEAVES

Some brewed tea leaves can make a great addition to a smoothie. Try GyokuroOrganic Sencha and other Straight & Pure Teas that end up soft and supple after they’ve been brewed. After originally brewed, store them in an airtight container in the fridge overnight, then blend them into your smoothie the next day. (Here are a few other ways to reuse all your tea leaves)

 

TEA SYRUP

Make a tea concentrate by brewing your favorite tea, removing the leaves, then simmering down the liquid with a bit of honey or agave. When it’s half its original volume or less, it’s ready to chill in a clean, airtight container. It’ll last two weeks or so in the fridge.

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What Nutrients Are In My Tea?

Tea is hydrating and holds nutrients we need for nourishment and growth. The theanine found in tea is an amino acid that promotes both brain function and relaxation. Tea is also a source of antioxidants that boost the immune system and help reduce inflammation and promote healthy cells.

All tea, blackoolonggreen, and white, comes from the Camellia sinensis plant, and contains similar nutrients and caffeine. It’s all in how it’s processed that sets each tea apart and gives them their distinctive flavors.
Tea holds a variety of other nutrients including polyphenols, EGCG and additional antioxidants, Vitamins B2 and C, beta-carotene and folic acid. Black tea’s flavonoids may help reduce cholesterol. Green tea well-known for its antioxidants. And White tea is the least processed so it just may contain even higher amounts of polyphenols.
Other steeped beverages like and Yerba Mate, Rooibos and Honeybush are full of vitamins and minerals as well.
Yerba Mate, a South American plant, contains caffeine plus many minerals including calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, and zinc. Abundant vitamins include A, C, E, B1, B2, niacin (B3) and B5. Plus having 15 amino acids and antioxidants, it’s a powerhouse.
Rooibos, a plant from South Africa, brews up a fantastic drink. With a fruity and woodsy, mellow taste, it is enjoyed as a naturally caffeine-free herbal infusion. Rooibos contains flavonoids and is used for its anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic properties. Rooibos also is loaded with polyphenols and may benefit the digestive system.
Hibiscus tisanes are bold, tart and full of flavor. They are rich in antioxidants and full of vitamin C. Hibiscus tisanes may aid in support of the immune system, stimulate metabolism, and may increase energy levels.
And of course, we drink this great variety of teas because they are full of flavor and taste great — Cheers!

Tips for Traveling with Tea

Summer vacay? Take your tea with you!

We love to explore — new places and new teas. Are you getting ready for your vacation? Summer is all about exploration. Whether you are camping, staying with family, or in a hotel, it is easy to enjoy your favorite teas.
Our Personal Tea Bags are fantastic! Just fill with a generous teaspoon of your favorite tea and you are ready for any itinerary. The small flap keeps your leaves inside with plenty of room to expand when steeping.
By car, by plane, getting there is part of the fun. It’s not always easy to pack your tea necessities. We have tea friends who would pack their electric kettle over another pair of shoes. If space is at a premium, remember your hotel room will most likely have a coffee maker; get fresh water, remove the filter basket of the coffee maker, and use the tea bag you have filled.
Room to take your own earth-friendly, reusable mug? Take this one: Tea Press Tumbler
We’ve found these tips helpful:
  • Pack teas that are simple to steep – black teas that can take boiling water, oolong, rooibos
  • Prefill your own bags with your favorite teas
  • Tuck enough of your favorite loose-leaf tea for your travels inside a Stainless Steel Tea Basket
  • Use a small tin as your go-to travel tin
  • Keep stronger smelling teas (like Jasmine) in its own tin
And remember, be a tea tourist! Before you go, look up the city or area where you are traveling and see what tea shops or tea houses they might have. Happy travels!

Summer Fruit Teas

Our summer fruit teas come in a rainbow of colors and flavors. The sweet notes of strawberry, the zing of lime, and a luscious peach strike the perfect balance between naturally astringent black teas and floral or vegetal green teas and the mellow white tea.

Beautiful and vibrant, this array of taste and aroma will brighten up your morning cup or create a satisfying afternoon break. All of these teas are excellent hot or cold.

Peach Fuzz White Tea

This summery blend is a mélange of white tea buds and bright bits of peach and safflower. The flavor is succulent and juicy, with hints of apple and a malty, floral white tea base. It’s a lush tea that brews up into a smooth, soothing hot tea and a refreshing iced tea.

Strawberry Lychee Green Tea

This revitalizing and smooth Japanese sencha blend unfolds with sweet blossom, lychee fruit and berry flavors. It’s a colorful mix of flat green leaf, flower petals and strawberry bits. A sweet berry aroma is balanced by the green leaf as they meld perfectly into a refreshing aroma and a clean, pleasant flavor. The character of the sencha shines through with a mellow, vegetal finish.

Sweet Mirabelle Green Tea

Just like the yellow plum it’s named for, this Sweet Mirabelle Green Tea has a charming flavor. Abundant pieces of dried mango adorn this blend and the fresh, fruity flavors linger on the palate. It’s all about the fruit! Exotic plum and mango come forward with a tangy finish. This is a delightful blend for summer and any time of year.

Watermelon Lime Green Tea

This bright and sophisticated blend of green tea and delicious fruit is a delight. Tightly rolled organic green leaves, watermelon seeds and pomegranate create an irresistible ruby infusion. This organic tea’s fruity character and light body are enhanced by a unique creaminess. Zingy lime complements the green tea to add a bit of citrus without overshadowing the delicate sweetness and subtle characteristics of the tea itself.

Ginger Peach Black Tea

This rich tea warms the senses with each sip. A solid base of organic black Darjeeling and Ceylon teas mix perfectly with overtones of spice and ripe, juicy peaches. Generous bits of sweet peaches and spicy cinnamon, ginger and cloves create a luscious aroma and enjoyable infusion. A touch of creamy, sweet, organic South African honeybush rounds out the full-flavored cup.

Summer Iced Tea Recipes

Summer days = A tall, cool glass of the BEST iced tea!

These warm summer days are a perfect time to explore refreshing iced tea. And it’s simple to make… Just select your favorite teas and brew them stronger than usual. And with so many flavors, pure teas, and herbal tisanes to choose from, the hardest part might be deciding which iced tea to make first!
Elevate your iced tea experience with our special loose-leaf tea collection. If you love an invigorating, tall, cool glass of iced tea, read on. Use can use the classic traditional method, using a few of our great tips. Or, check out the “hot” cold-brewing method.
How to make the best iced tea:

Traditionally brewed (steep hot, then chill)

Measure your loose-leaf tea. Typically, it’s two teaspoons loose-leaf tea per cup iced tea. Think about how large and fluffy the leaf might be and adjust from there. (A tightly rolled Monkey Picked Oolong vs. Bai Mu Dan.) Place the tea in a heat-resistant glass decanter or iced tea pitcher.
Heat your water to the temperature suggested below per tea type. Use fresh water (not water that has been sitting in your kettle overnight).
White: 150-175°
Green: 175° F (bubbles form on the bottom of the pot)
Oolong: 190° F (bubbles just begin to rise)
Black: 205° F (full rolling boil)
Yerba Mate: 190°
Rooibos: 208°
Herbal and Fruit Tisanes: 208° F (full rolling boil)
Steep a double-strength infusion at the length of time shown below, using twice the amount of leaf you would typically use to brew your hot tea. The double-strength infusion is important. Pour your hot water over tea leaves and let steep. (For a stronger brew, don’t steep longer, just use more tea.) When in doubt, make it stronger, you can always add more cool water later.
White: 2 minutes
Green: 3 minutes
Oolong: 3 minutes
Black: 4-5 minutes
Yerba Mate: 6 minutes
Rooibos: 6 minutes
Herbal and Fruit Tisanes: 7-8 minutes
Sweeten and Chill. If you like it a little sweet, dissolve sugar or honey in the brew just after steeping. Let it sit at room temperature for about 10 minutes to let it cool gradually (this helps avoid the clouding that may happen if it’s chilled too quickly). Place in refrigerator.
We like sweeteners like raw cane sugar and honey. Adding cane sugar to black teas creates a bit of a caramelized flavor. Honey in green teas (especially Chinese greens) highlights the floral and herbal notes. Also, try adding peppermint leaves, a splash of lime or lemon, or fresh berries.
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Cold-brewed iced tea (steep cold for longer)

Curious about cold brewing? Try this method.
Measure your loose-leaf tea. Typically, it’s two teaspoons loose-leaf tea per cup iced tea. Place the tea in a heat-resistant glass decanter or iced tea pitcher.
Fill your container with 1 cup room-temperature water for each cup of iced tea you want to have. Pour the water over the leaves. Cover the tea completely with water.
Chill Your Tea in the refrigerator overnight. Sip to taste and remove the tea leaves when you’ve reached the desired strength.

Tea Popsicle Recipes

It’s summertime!

Want to make sure the freezer is stocked with treats to grab when you need something refreshing? Try tea popsicles. They are hydrating and cooling, especially perfect after summer activities like a walk on the beach, playing at the park with your kids, or just getting home from work.

They are simple to make so have your kids help!

Three simple tips for delicious popsicles:

  1. When popsicles freeze their flavors dull. Brew your tea extra strong and up the flavor profile.
  2. If you don’t add enough sugar, the popsicles would be too icy (hard like ice cubes).
  3. Pre-freeze your popsicle molds and make sure your liquid has been chilled.

Ginger Peach Black Tea Popsicles

Summer popsicles are a great way to use fresh, in-season produce. These Ginger Peach Black Tea popsicles are quick and easy and let sweet peaches shine!
4 peaches
2 tablespoons honey
1 cup of your favorite milk or dairy alternative – I use almond milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
Popsicle molds
Simmer 5 cups of water. Make slits in the bottom of the peaches and place in the simmering water for about 30 seconds to help loosen the skin. Remove from the water and let cool. Peel off the skin, remove pit, and cut into wedges.
In a small skillet heat almond milk until hot. Remove from heat and add the tea. Let brew for 6 minutes. Strain the tea.
Combine the peaches, tea/milk mixture, honey and vanilla in a blender. Puree until smooth. Add a splash of the water from the peaches if needed.
Pour into a 6-popsicle mold. Set popsicle sticks in and freeze for 8 hours. (Looking for an extra kick in an adult version? Add a bit of your favorite…whiskey, bourbon, or…?)

Blood Orange Hibiscus Popsicles 

We love hibiscus tisanes here, so treat your kids to the vibrantly colored, caffeine-free hibiscus popsicles.
6 cups water
2 cups sugar
1/4 cup fresh squeezed blood orange juice and zest
Popsicle molds
Combine water and sugar and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Add tea, remove from heat and steep for 25 minutes.
Strain tea and chill for 2 hours. Add in orange zest and juice. Pour into a popsicle mold and freeze until solid.

Blueberry Lemon Green Tea Popsicles 

These super simple Blueberry Lemon Meringue Green Tea popsicles are smooth, a bit sweet and refreshing on a summer day.
Juice of 1 lemon
1 cup fresh blueberries
Wash blueberries, add a few to each popsicle mold. Mix green tea and lemon juice and pour into molds, leaving a little room at the top for the sticks. Freeze for about 8 hours.

 

Tipsy Teas

Let the party begin!

What’s better than a cup of tea? Perhaps a tea that is reminiscent of your favorite wine… These teas are celebratory and wine-inspired. They are also thirst-quenching and good for you.

Want to sip a tea that tastes like you just might be having a cocktail? Try these:
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Raspberry Champagne White Tea

This blend of red raspberries and a hint of Champagne creates a refined sense of celebration in your cup. Appealing orange petals contrast the unfurling large, green leaf and produce a shimmering, golden infusion. The complexity of delicate white tea is highlighted by honeyed sparkling wine notes and a hint of jasmine. The infusion leaves the mouth with a smooth and lingering, light sweetness.

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White Mimosa White Tea

Orange, clementine, mandarin… summery, tangy citrus lies at the core of White Mimosa. Peach, rose and pomegranate sweeten and round out the blend.
If you love the tangy taste of fruit juices (but don’t love the calorie count and want tea’s benefits instead), then this is the tea for you.
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Peach Vineyard Black Tea

This blend is reminiscent of a bold, sweet red wine. A fruit-forward, luscious flavor offers hints of black currant and reminds one of harvest season on a vineyard. With a solid, full-flavored black tea as its base, our Peach Vineyard has a bouquet of berry, earthy undertones and a winey character.

And, if you are looking for a real cocktail, look no further.

Here is your signature cocktail for your next dinner party:

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3 Tablespoons White Mimosa Tea
½ cup white rum
2 Tablespoons sugar
1½ cups orange juice
2 cups chilled sparkling white wine or Champagne
Brew 3 tablespoons tea leaves (double strength) in ½ cup hot water for two minutes. Add in ½ cup white rum and let steep 20 minutes before straining the tea out. Add 2 tablespoons granulated sugar to the infused rum and stir until sugar dissolves. Chill. Combine tea/rum mixture with 1½ cups orange juice and 2 cups chilled sparkling wine or champagne in a decanter. Serve in chilled flutes.
Cheers!

 

Chocolate & Mint: A Match Made in Heaven

Looking for a minty fresh aroma in every decadent sip?

Try our fresh, stimulating chocolate and mint teas. Chocolate and mint is a classic dessert pairing and you can enjoy them in your cup. These teas are perfect for summer served over ice, and lovely and satisfying piping hot.

Chocolate Mint Rooibos

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Notes of dark chocolate and fresh mint infuse the tea, while rooibos adds a nutty finish. If you’re craving something sweet, brew up a cup of this tea instead. Smooth and full-bodied with a creamy finish, Chocolate Mint Rooibos is a treat that will please for sure. Its multi-dimensional flavors shine, at once rich, fresh, toasty and mellow.

Roasted Cocoa Mint Yerba Mate

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Chocolate chips, toasted rice and golden marigold petals are the first cues of how dazzling this blend will be. Roasted mate, nutty organic rooibos, and sharp chicory create a solid triad base for this fully flavorful blend. Pleasingly smooth and rich, complexity is reached with spearmint, cocoa beans, malted barley and almonds. With a character similar to black tea, or a bit like coffee, this is a unique, enjoyable beverage.

Can’t get enough chocolate?

Chocolate Cake Honeybush 

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Bittersweet chocolate bits and charming rosebuds mix with red honeybush to create a dark, rich infusion. Delicate honeybush flavors are the perfect companion for chocolate. Caramel adds a creamy sweetness for a balanced, delectable dessert in a cup.

And if you love just mint try these…

White Thunder Tea 

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A soothing Bai Mu Dan white tea is combined with refreshing peppermint and spearmint for a blend that is comforting yet uplifting. This white tea blend offers a peony floral aroma, pale golden-green infusion and a smooth, woody flavor. There is a sweet, fresh aftertaste. This is a well-balanced blend.

Peppermint Herbal Tea 

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Peppermint herbal tea is a timeless classic. Clean, sweet and invigorating, this is our go-to herb whenever we need to clear our head or get a caffeine-free pick-me-up.

It’s bursting with flavor, satisfying, with bright notes of peppermint candy and creamy mint ice cream. The mouthfeel is smooth, with deep earthy undertones.