Since I’ve been promoting hydration as the most important part of the alkaline diet I’ve had heaps of questions asking me whether herbal teas are alkaline, so I thought it would be a nice idea to blog about my favourite alkaline herbal teas!
Is Boiled Water Alkaline?
The first thing to address is this – is boiled water alkaline? The answer is yes! Water that is ‘naturally’ alkaline due to ionization or mineral content holds its pH wonderfully. You can use a water ionizer, alkaline water jug or other filters to make alkaline water, boil this and you’re set. If you’ve ionized the water, it also holds its ORP too.
As for pH drops, I would add these to the tea after it has boiled and cooled a little (i.e. just before you drink it). I’m personally not that comfortable boiling pH drops. No scientific reason, it just doesn’t sit well with me!
Lemon water, and adding minerals to the water should also be good.
Top 7 Alkaline Herbal Teas
Yerba Mate Tea
A wonderful tea, native to South America, that can be really useful in detoxing and cleansing. It gives a slight energy boost, that is free from the jitters of caffeine-based drinks such as coffee and green tea and each infusion of yerba mate contains:
• Vitamins: A, C, E, B1, B2, Niacin (B3), B5, B Complex
• Minerals: Calcium, Manganese, Iron, Selenium, Potassium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc
• Additional Compounds: Carotene, Fatty Acids, Chlorophyll, Flavonols, Polyphenols, Inositol, Trace Minerals, Antioxidants, Tannins, Pantothenic Acid and 15 Amino Acids.
Redbush Tea (rooibos tea)
Absolutely PACKED with antioxidants, this awesome tea is a great drink to have if you’re trying to transition away from coffee. Its slightly bitter taste helps replace that bitter urge for coffee and black tea. It’s packed full of nutrients including calcium, manganese, zinc and magnesium – all-powerful alkaline minerals.
It’s very alkaline, very tasty and very, very good for digestion. It’s refreshing, natural and caffeine-free and has been widely recommended for IBS, flatulence, bad breath, nausea and heartburn.
One of my personal favourites, this zingy bad boy is also good for digestion and nausea – but is also great for circulation, colds, flu, stress and headaches.
Native to the Mediterranean, Rosemary is another big hitter in the antioxidant stakes. I love it because it grows SO easily and you get LOADS of it when you grow a bush! It’s high in the following: beta-carotene/Vitamin A, thiamin/Vitamin B1, riboflavin/Vitamin B2, niacin/Vitamin B3, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, biotin, pantothenic acid, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E and Vitamin K making it a great all-rounder!
The best smelling tea, lavender is the great relaxer – helping ease you off to sleep, to ease anxiety and stress and to help unwind after a long day. Luckily I’ve got almost as much lavender growing as I have rosemary! Hence me being so relaxed
Rose hips are the fragrant and tasty fruit of the wild rose plant and make a very very flavoursome tea. Because of the very high vitamin C content in rosehips (along with other vitamins, minerals and tannins), rosehips are considered to be an energizer. They are also rich in flavonoids, which help strengthen your body’s capillaries among other things. Very useful for colds, flu, headaches, stomach aches and more.
To be honest, aside from green, white and black tea (which all contain caffeine) you can’t really go wrong!
Herbal teas are a great way to up your fluid intake with flavour! And of course, feel free to add lemon, mint or anything else like cinnamon to add extra alkaline flavour!
Enjoy and let me know your favourite in the comments below!