3 Types of Teas Without Caffeine

Teas without caffeine

Are you looking for teas without caffeine?

No matter the time of the day, I can never resist a good cup of hot tea.

Sometimes, that fondness for tea costs me dearly because sometimes I’ll drink a strong cup of Earl Grey right before bed and end up being wide awake until early in the morning.

Teas with different caffeine levels can affect people differently though, but for me, I do my best to keep my chest of caffeine-free loose leaf tea well-stocked.  

While most of the following teas are technically not true “teas” from the camellia sinensis plant, they are nonetheless considered teas by a lay person.

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3 Types of Teas without Caffeine

And for what you’ve been waiting for. Here are the types of teas without caffeine:

Herbal Tea

Herbal teas like rooibos or chamomile do not come from the camellia sinensis plant unlike black, green and white teas for example.

However, they are naturally caffeine-free and some can purportedly enhance sleep quality.

Chamomile (or camomile) is a particularly good choice for a night-time drink as it contains a compound known as apigenin which reduces locomotor activity, producing a calming effect and also sleep-inducing effect.

If you have just had a heavy meal, peppermint tea is another fantastic option as it helps prevent indigestion, an upset stomach and acid reflux, all of which can completely ruin a good night’s sleep. 

Check out the Herbal Tea samplers at Amazon.

Decaffeinated Tea

You’ll see a lot of black, green and white teas marketed as “decaf” but in fact it is not possible to decaffeinate tea entirely and so decaf teas do contain trace amounts of caffeine.

Most regular tea drinkers won’t be affected by these minute quantities of caffeine, but if you’re unusually sensitive to caffeine, you might want to stick to herbal teas in the evenings.

There are three methods by which tea can be decaffeinated. The first of these is known as the Swiss Water process. This tends to leave the tea rather bland and strips the tea of some antioxidants.

The second involves the use of a chemical solvent such as methylene chloride and ethyl acetate. While this preserves the original taste of the tea, it’s impossible to completely remove the solvent from the tea leaves and so you’ll almost inevitably end up ingesting small quantities of solvents with your tea although the levels of solvent are regarded as safe for human consumption.

The third method, involves pressure-cooking the tea leaves with carbon dioxide so that the carbon dioxide molecules bind to the caffeine particles and removes them. It is said that this method leaves the natural taste of the tea more intact than others and retains more of the health components than the other two methods.  (Although if you drink tea for its health benefits it has been suggested that the decaffeinated methods reduces the amount of health promoting compounds found in tea compared to real tea).

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Fruit Teas

Fruit teas are also great teas without caffeine (although again not technically a true “tea”).  As the name suggests, fruit teas are beverages derived from fruits, are caffeine-free, and most of these teas do not contain added sugar.

Tea companies will offer teas that are a blend of various fruits and add a catchy name to really draw the tea lovers to the flavors.  Berry combinations seem to be popular among many tea companies.

Remember to check the ingredient list of your herbal tea and fruit teas carefully. It is not uncommon to see teas that are marketed as herbal or fruit teas online but do in fact contain white, green or black tea which as we know, contains caffeine.

Of course if you do enjoy caffeinated tea but are worried you can’t sleep at night, avoid drinking tea after 3 pm, and then enjoy loose leaf tea herbal, decaffeinated or fruit teas without caffeine!

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If you are looking for teas without caffeine, then herbal tea, decaffeinated tea, and fruit tea offer a good alternative with little to no caffeine.

If you feel overwhelmed by the number of choices, companies often sell samplers with many different types to try.

Let me know what types of caffeine-free tea that you enjoy.

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10 thoughts on “3 Types of Teas Without Caffeine”

  1. Thank you for this information. Indeed, decaffeinated tea still has traces of caffeine. After drinking decaf tea for at least 25 years, lately 2-3 cups a day, I stopped drinking it completely 5 days ago. The very next day, the heart palpitations are almost unnoticeable and I feel MUCH better!!!

    About 5 years ago, I was found to have 3 leaky heart valves and suffer from daily, pounding heart palpitations. It feels as if someone is pounding inside my chest, even as I sit quietly. These DAILY heart palpitations drain and exhaust me. I also suffer from low blood pressure. The doctor cannot explain the cause of the heart palpitations, despite EKGs, Echocardiograms and being monitored by a Holter.

    All I know is that the pounding, exhausting, draining heart palpitations are almost unnoticeable since I stopped drinking decaf tea.

    • Thank you for posting your reply. I too suffer from heart pounding palpitations, since I was a teenager, and now I’m almost 50. Not a big tea drinker because it seemed to annoy my acid level in my stomach, I would drink up to 32 oz of coffee a day. I stopped drinking coffee, and started drinking ‘decaffeinated’ tea (and surprise it doesn’t give me acid re-flux anymore… I think that was from the sugar which I gave up) and now they are barely there. They were getting worse and worse over the years. Thank God I finally tried giving up caffeine. I do miss the coffee very much though!!

  2. My problem with caffeine is not heart-related. The caffeine in tea, coffee and chocolate causes my breast tissue to be very dense, resulting in two problems: 1) intense pain, and 2) density levels which make small tumors hard to detect in mammograms.

    I have been led to believe that green tea is caffeine-free. Now, I am told that although green tea is low in caffeine, it is not caffeine-free. While I miss being able to have tea, coffee and chocolate, I don’t miss pain. So-called “fruit teas” aren’t teas at all, but I make do with them as substitutes because I do miss hot drinks, especially in the winter months.

  3. I am giving up caffeine, it has a terrible affect on the body that people don’t seem to realize until they actually stop. It loosens the upper stomach and allows for reflux, severely dehydrates you (you can see it on your skin), and let’s not forget the sleep quality. I actually switched to an alternative coffee made from roasted rye and barley I believe (along with other stuff). It reminds me more of a black tea than a coffee though… but still doable. I am gonna give the peppermint and chamomile a try though.

  4. Thank you very much I’m a diabetic and I really enjoy drinking a good hot cup of teas that isn’t going to rise my blood sugars to the root and give me headaches.

  5. Thank you very much I’m a diabetic and I really enjoy drinking a good hot cup of teas that isn’t going to rise my blood sugars to the root and give me headaches. PS who wrote this article ????

  6. Thank you for this information, I am recently having elavated blood pressure and my Doc stopped me from drinking green tea amongst other things (because of its caffeine) so I was looking for options in decaffeinated teas to try, found your article very informative. Now I think I will try the herbal teas instead of the decaffeinated ones.


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