Frequently in the media there is a news story about the health benefits of various teas. Unlike some other foods that seem to either be good for you or not based on the most recent study done by whomever, teas of various types seem to be solidly good for you. Capitalizing on the idea is author Valerie B. Lull and her small book Ten Healthy Teas recently self-published though Outskirts Press.


After the dedication and the usual medical disclaimer the book opens with “Ginger Tea.”  The brief chapter gives the Latin name for it, suggested uses for various health issues, and some basic information before three simple recipes for various types of Ginger Tea. In addition to the basic Ginger Tea there are recipes for “Ginger Peppermint Tea” and “Ginger Cranberry Tea.” The chapter that opened with a black and white picture of the tea in a cup closes with a “tea tip” that is this case pertains to using loose tea instead of tea bags.


This same format follows throughout the 42 page book with brief sections on “Garlic Tea, Green/Black Tea, Chamomile Tea, Cranberry Tea, Peppermint Tea, Raspberry Tea, Goldenseal Tea, Echinacea Tea” and “Lemon Tea.” Each tea discussed has between 2 to 4 recipes for variations along with a “tea tip” and a black and white picture of the tea. The book closes with a resource list featuring four books for further reading.


This is a very informative and easy to use small book that covers the subject quickly and well.  Ten Healthy Teas by Valerie B. Lull serves as a good starting point for your exploration of various types of teas as well as a good resource. Set up as simply as possible, the book is designed for the person who has little time but wants to enjoy various teas beyond the most obvious ones on the store shelf.


Ten Healthy Teas

Valerie B. Lull

Outskirts Press


ISBN# 978-1-4327-8493-5


42 Pages




Material supplied by the author in exchange for my objective review.



Kevin R. Tipple © 2012

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