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The Deadly Brew In Herbal Slimming Tea

Updated on June 5, 2015

The Deadly Brew in Herbal Tea

Need to Stay Slim

The need to keep fit is one of the necessities in life, being healthy should be a life style if we want to function optimally and live long. There are many ways to achieve good health some of which include regular exercise like weightlifting, jogging aerobics, walking the dog and several other workout routines. Another necessity is the intake of vitamins through eating a balanced diet, fruits, in take of supplements and a lot of vegetables.

Some people resort to supplements, slim fast mixtures and herbal remedies to take care of the bulge. But the question is how safe are these concoctions to the body, medication in the form of capsules, liquid mixes or injections have particular dosage recommendations for good reason, because if dosage is exceeded they may become toxic to the blood and cause very severe damage to internal organs,

In the case of herbal slimming tea although they usually have some dosage recommendations, what exactly are you drinking, each mixture is different from the next and have not gone through the rigorous scientific tests or experimentation, to decipher the health benefits or the accreditation of western medication. Some people consume this medication without prior knowledge of the side effects and very dangerous consequences that can arise from the usage.

Slimming tea which is now common place in some of our homes is just a deadly disaster to happen; they are usually a mix of plant based extracts, which in its self constitutes a problem. Some people have the misconception that anything vegetable is good, how very wrong they are. Not all vegetables can be consumed and many that are consumed are not only toxic and deadly to use but can cause us serious damage.

Constitution of Herbal Tea

The herbal tea is a mixture of different plans, shrubs, and dried bark of trees and roots, they come in different combinations and no two herbal mixes are the same. The need to lose weight by drinking this plant based extract could have dire consequences, as some of the more common ingredients are dietary supplements such as buckthorn, senna, aloe, rhubarb root, castor oil, cascara and many uncountable plants, shrubs or dried roots. The mixture usually is done by the herbal practitioner based on passed on information, trial and error, learnt from others in the business and some knowledge of the properties of certain roots and leaves. Let us examine some of these plants, shrubs and roots closely.

Herbal Slimming Tea

Cup of Tea
Cup of Tea | Source

What is in slimming tea


Buckthorn is a small plant that is invasive in nature and can grow wild; they are native to North Europe, East Africa and South Africa and can also be found abundantly in Africa and North Africa. The shrub is made up several genus Rhamus like Rhamus Fragula, Rhamus Pumila, Rhamus Alaterus, Rhamus Argula and well over 140 species and can grow over 10 meters. It is self propagating and unisexual. The plant has blue berries/blackberries which contain protein and oil.

The main part used for the herbal tea is the berries in some cases and the dried bark. The plant or shrub contains protein, oil, anthraguinone, glycosides, resins and lipids. The shrub is used to make yellow dye and laxative. Buckthorn when taken induces the large intestine by increasing the contractions which may result in strong bowel movement and forced excrement. It can cause Nausea headache, sever diarrhea, stomach cramps and dehydration.


Cascara is an extract from the back of the American buckthorn plant called Rhamus Purshiana; the husk is used as a strong laxative or purgative. Some extensive research had been carried out on the plant with mixed result it is also used to relief constipation, gallstones and could cause diarrhea and liver complications.

Rhubarb root

The Rhubarb root is a plant that develops very long intricate root system that is easily propagated by cutting and replanting its root, it is difficult to grow it using the seeds. Rhubarb roots have been associated with certain countries that people use to identify them like the Turkey Rhubarb, Chinese Rhubarb and many others. The Rhubarb root has a long history of traditional use as a laxative; it is especially widely applied in Chinese medicines. Other uses of the herb are as a laxative, diuretic and as an antiseptic balm. It is believed to be slightly milder than Buckthorn.

Rhubarb has very serious side effects when consumed some of which are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and sever allergic reactions to the ingested compound, heart burn and stomach pain.

What is not a positive effect of Aloe

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Senna is gotten from the Cassia tree, it is a flowering plant where the dry pods are made into laxatives usually for the treatment of constipation, and the plant is part of the family of legumes. Ingestion of this mix can bring about strong cramping, stomach ache, dehydration, grappling abdominal pain and other serious complications.


Aloe is gotten from the Aloe Vera plant whose unending usefulness have been widely documented, Aloe comes from the genus Aloe which can be referred to as a tubular plant with fleshy toothed succulent plant that has well over 500 species usually desert dwellers. Some of its enduring quality is efficiency when used for external medicinal purposes like Sun burns, gels, latex and the manufacture of skin creams.

Taken internal through herbal tea mix it can reduce ulcer symptoms, cleanse body toxins and decrease bowel irritation. Aloe is a leaf pulp that contains nutrients and fiber with also reduces skin inflammation. Not all Aloe plants are useful and not all useful ones should be ingested, only after extensive manipulation by trained practitioners should any one attempt to drink Aloe. Although it has many therapeutic, health related benefits it also has its dangers when recommended dose is exceeded like strong allergic reaction to the plant, stomach ache, vomiting especially when taken internally.

Castor oil

It is a derivative of the castor seed or the castor beans a good laxative and purgative it has been found to help during pregnancy it is also used for various manufacturing applications such as the making of hair cream or ointment, it can be used to make antiseptic of high quality. It also has its negative side effects but not as far reaching as some already mentioned.

Most of the above herbs can sometime be found in one herbal tea concoction so you can imagine the kind of reaction the body has to the mixture when drunk the body is put under pressure to deal with the different compounds. Some Herbal practitioners usually equate the ability to have repeated purgative reactions through the ingestion of this laxative as a good sign that the person can achieve weight loss. How very wrong they are most of theses drugs are dealt with by the small intestine and colon but herbal tea settles in the big intestine which is not equipped to deal with the foreign agents which could lead to life threatening diseases like liver, kidney failure.

The rampant cases of renal failure especially in Africa is because of lack of adequate information on theses types of drugs, as stated earlier some of the reactions to these agents are vomiting, strong abdominal cramping, diarrhea, head ache, spooling, nausea and liver and kidney disease. Fat people who may be tempted to drink herbal slimming tea are usually hypertensive because of their large size, for them to indulge in this chess game with that condition is asking for unwarranted trouble.

In defense of herbal tea not all herbal slimming tea are totally bad, but the key to taking them is to use them in moderation, read the small print on the label use it only once in 3 days in very minute quantity like 4 teaspoon full or 2 table spoons full. Treat the tea like what it is a medication and not a replacement of your beverage or regular tea. If you feel the slight discomfiture immediately stop the usage.

There are better and safer ways to slim down than using herbal slimming tea which as proven earlier does not even work what it does is induce defecating and dehydration without getting rid of any fat. The traditional methods of slimming down is still the best and effective way to beat the bulge, like 30 minutes workout every day, lots of fruits and vegetables for bowel movement and small meals throughout the day. Avoid high cholesterol dishes and avoid to much animal protein like red meat, chicken or goat. Drink plenty of water and after awhile you will see the weight reducing naturally. Herbal teas may have its uses but weighing the pros and cons before usage is highly recommended.

An Aloe Vera plant

An Aloe Vera plant
An Aloe Vera plant | Source

Negative effect of Slimming Tea

What is the negative effect of slimming tea?



Stomach cramp


Organ damage

Could aid hypertension

Purifies blood

Properties of the following herbs

Reduces Ulcer
Reduces Constipation
Enrich blood
Free bowel movement
Strong laxative
Natural cleanser

A green orchid plant

 A green orchid plant
A green orchid plant | Source

Last word

How its made

Herbal slimming tea are known to be an infusion of many ingredients ranging from flowers, leafs, shrubs, weed, roots, tree barks,seeds and fruit including fruit peels. The diverse content makes it a festering ground for danger considering one herbal concoction may contain upwards to 85 ingredients, this alone is alarming and a dangerous practice.How its

The teas are prepared in different ways some by grinding the mixture into a fine paste, others by first drying the component could be a flower, root or leaves, they could pound them into a pulp, blend or just strained in hot water, some even add alcohol to the mix.

Sometime it come in tea bags where the bag is introduced to boiling water and strained, the strained liquid is what is drank, the shelf life is also in contention how long can even a properly blended mixture last before contamination. To reduce the bitter taste some practitioners use, honey, lemon, orange extracts, grapes and rose hips to reduce the unpleasant taste.Peppermint and sometime ginger is added.

Practitioners claim that green tea is recommended for slimming and dieters and that they contain thermogenic properties that burn fat and reduce weight while others are merely dangerous laxatives. The green teas drawback is the presence of caffeine which we know is not good for the nervous system and the laxatives have things like ginseng, licorice and senna.

Taking herbal slimming tea requires knowledge of what you are taken into your body, great care is the watchword, drink the tea in moderation, discontinue if negative effect or reaction is noticed all ways inculcate the habit of making fresh fruit juice which would do the job better.


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