Many leading brands in the US and Canada have tested positive for levels of pesticides so high that they significantly exceed the legal limit.
Other investigations have shown that other brands have dangerously high levels of pesticides in their tea. Celestial Seasonings is one such brand. After 91% of their “all natural” teas were found to have pesticide levels above US federal limits, the company refused to disclose the pesticides used in their teas. Some teas produced in China and India, had high pesticide levels in 67% and 49% of those countries teas, respectively. Several of the pesticides found in those cases are banned under international law. In another investigation, many inexpensive teas from UK supermarkets were found to have so much fluoride that they provide 75-120% more than the recommended daily intake.
Though many have said that organic teas are the best alternative, many organic teas still contain pesticides. The best alternative, of course, is actually to grow the herbs in your tea yourself. Most herbs used in tea including rosemary, sage, mint, and jasmine are easy to grow and require little attention in the garden. Many of them are perennial plants, meaning they will grow year after year without having to be replanted. Others can easily be grown indoors next to a sunny window if you don’t have any garden space where you live. Growing your own tea, as well as your own food, is the surest way to know that what you are consuming is free of chemicals that you don’t want in your body. Anything less and you could be doing considerable damage to your health without even knowing.
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