Sharing my go-to list of safe tea brands to help you navigate choosing a non-toxic tea to enjoy!
I remember when I first saw a list of “toxic teas” I was honestly shocked! Tea is “supposed” to be a healthy drink – BUT it’s quite the opposite when it’s drenched in pesticide residue, potential carcinogens, plastics, heavy metals, & unnecessary additives. As with many things, quality matters. Especially with tea!
With that said, I wanted to put together & share a list of my favorite safe tea brands to help you navigate the very messy world of tea. I personally LOVE tea & often drink about 2 cups of tea a day. Once I learned how toxic tea can be, I really made an effort to find safer alternatives. Below are 4 organic tea brands that are not only safe for you & your health, but are absolutely delicious! I hope that you’ll enjoy them as much as I do!
Safe Tea Brands
If you’ve been following me for some time now, I’m sure you’ve seen me share Pique. Over the past few years, Pique has become my absolute go-to for all things tea, matcha, & immune support. Their teas have quickly become my favorite after learning about their strict standards for overall safety, transparency, & purity. All of the ingredients Pique uses are carefully sourced & are Triple Toxin Screened for things like heavy metals, pesticides, & toxic mold.
I also love how they use something called Cold Extraction Technology™ which gently extracts & preserves active compounds & phytonutrients from the ingredients used. This distills them into their most effective & bioavailable form.
Overall, I highly recommend anything from Pique. They are an amazing brand & a proud partner of Everyday with Madi Rae & have many different types of tea. Whether you’re looking for herbal tea, white tea, green tea, black tea, or something a little different, like Hibiscus tea, Pique has you covered!
Favorite Pique Teas:
I’ve been a fan of Traditional Medicinals herbal tea for a while now. They are a very popular brand for pure herbal tea & have a lot of great options. I’ve listed a few of my favorites below. Chamomile is one of top favorite choices for tea, I LOVE to have chamomile tea in the evenings. Spearmint tea is another favorite of mine & a great option to have after meals for improved digestion. And their Throat Coat is a newer flavor I tried when I was sick & the Lemon Echinacea flavor is absolutely delicious! Traditional Medicinals is a certified B Corp, they have tremendous ingredient transparency, & have been a pioneer in the wellness tea category within the United States & Canada.
Another thing about Traditional Medicinals that I really love is that they put their herbal ingredients through rigorous testing to test for heavy metals & other microbial contaminants. Their tea bags are also plastic-free (keep reading for why this is important) & the brand is certified organic!
Favorite Traditional Medicinals Teas:
I have been drinking Choice Organics for many years now because Rooibos is one of my favorite teas ever & in my opinion, they have the BEST Rooibos tea out there! All of Choice’s teas are USDA certified organic & they also carry the Non-GMO Project Verification seal on every box. I also really love that the East West Tea Company (who is the parent company of Choice Organics) is a member of the Ethical Tea Partnership. This Partnership works to develop & implement programs across the globe to create a more fair & sustainable tea industry for tea workers, farmers, & the environment.
Choice Organics also uses plastic free tea bags. They use a non-heat sealable filtration paper which is made from hemp fibers & wood pulp, making their staple-free & plastic-free tea bags completely compostable!
Favorite Choice Organics Teas:
Pukka Tea has some really lovely tea blends. My favorite of theirs is the Chamomile, Vanilla, & Manuka Honey! As I mentioned, Chamomile Tea is one of my absolute favorites & the addition of the vanilla & Manuka Honey is just delicious! Pukka tests all of their raw materials & they use a simple stitch of organic cotton paired with an unique folding process to hold their teabags together. This is important especially after many tea companies were found using a plastic called polypropylene to seal the edges of their teabags. Pukka Tea was also the first company to ever use organic strings without the need of a metal staple & of course do not use polypropylene to hold together their bags.
Favorite Pukka Teas:
How to avoid toxins in teas?
1. Read the ingredient label
Avoid buying teas that have natural flavors, added flavors, soy lecithin, maltodextrin, & corn starch since those can be genetically modified ingredients, all of which will be shown on the ingredient label!
2. Buy Organic & non-GMO Certified
When purchasing tea, you’ll want to look for organic & non-GMO certified brands of tea. Don’t try to cheap out & save a few bucks on tea, because while you might be saving a few extra dollars, you are consuming far worse! When it comes to tea, buying organic matters! When you drink teas that are not certified organic, you the risk synthetic chemicals & pesticides ending up in your cup. This can have an affect on the quality of tea you’re consuming as well as, pose potential health risks.
3. Google the brand
Do a quick Google Search on the brand you’re buying from. Are they a Certified B Corporation? Are they testing for heavy metals? How do they package their tea? Are they Certified Organic? Are their tea bags made out of plastic? Do they conduct third party testing? Most brands will have this information directly on their website.
4. Bring your own tea
When you travel, visit a hotel, go to the salon, etc. bring your own tea! Many airlines, hotels, & restaurants, offer tea but they are usually from a brand that is on the toxic tea list. I always tell people to be their own advocate. Simply bring your own tea & ask for a hot cup of water to reduce your toxic exposure. I always travel with my Pique tea so I can enjoy a cup of tea of the go whenever I want!
5. Opt for loose leaf tea
If you have access to organic loose leaf tea, that is definitely a great option for safely consuming tea, in addition to the safe tea brands I shared. Since tea bags themselves can bring upon another set of safety issues, choosing a loose leaf tea allows you to eliminate concerns about the tea bag materials entirely. When you make tea, the heat of the water can trigger leaching, which is why the materials of the tea bag are so important. For loose leaf tea, you’d simply use a teapot, tea infuser, or tea ball to steep the tea.
Why is some tea toxic?
Unfortunately there are many teas out there that are deemed toxic due to a few factors. One of the most common factors is illegal pesticide use. In this 2013 study done by the Glaucus Studies company, 11 tea brands used tea leaves containing pesticides. The brand Celestial Seasonings, was one of the top offenders, due to a large percentage of their products being over the government pesticide limit.
Another huge red flavor within the tea industry is contaminants. These contaminants can include heavy metals, flouride, & pesticides, as mentioned above. If the tea leaves are grown in areas with high levels of such contaminants, or if there is an issue with the way the tea is sourced or packaged, the tea may pose health risks. This part isn’t ideal, because no matter if the tea is or isn’t contaminated, there will be no way to tell just from the ingredient label or packaging. This is why drinking tea from a reputable Certified Organic brand who conducts testing on their tea is so incredibly important.
In addition to pesticide use & contaminants, many tea brands also may contain known carcinogens, artificial ingredients, natural flavors, GMOS, & more. That’s just the tea leaves too. Tea bag packaging can also be toxic due to the materials used to create the tea bags. Whether it’s microplastics, endrocine-disrupting compounds, adhesives, glues, dyes, or chlorine chemicals, which are used to bleach the bags, paying attention to how the tea you’re consuming is packaged is just as important as the tea itself!
- Celestial Seasonings
- Trader Joe’s
- Twinings of London
- Bigelow & C.O. Bigelow
- Uncle Lee’s Legends of China
- No Name Tea
I hope this list of safe tea brands is helpful if you’re a fellow tea lover who is looking for some non-toxic tea to enjoy! Have you tried any of the tea brands on this list? If so, I’d love to hear any favorites of yours! The brands included are not only safe brands, but they are my absolute favorite brands for tea – which is yet another reason I wanted to share!
Drop your favorite non-toxic tea brand below!