Last updated: August 12, 2021

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Welcome to our large buckwheat tea section 2021. Here we present all the buckwheat teas we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the internet. We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best buckwheat tea for you. You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should be aware of when buying buckwheat tea.




Summary

  • Buckwheat tea is not made from the seeds of the plant, but from its herb that grows above it. This herb can be bought as a tea but also in the form of tablets.
  • The health-promoting effects of the tea include strengthening the elasticity and resilience of the veins. It is often used to improve circulation, treat varicose veins and prevent arteriosclerosis.
  • When buying your tea, you should pay particular attention to regional origin and organic cultivation. Often, other teas are more contaminated with harmful substances or pesticides.

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Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying buckwheat tea

What is buckwheat and what are its properties?

Buckwheat belongs to the knotweed family and is mainly found in Europe, Asia and eastern Africa. Buckwheat is not a cereal but can be classified as a pseudo-cereal. This characteristic makes it particularly valuable, because its fruits are gluten-free. People with coeliac disease (gluten intolerance) in particular benefit from this. The buckwheat grains are mainly processed into flour, pearl barley, groats or semolina. In some countries, buckwheat is already a component of popular dishes, which we have listed in the following table:
region dish
North America buckwheat pancakes with maple syrup
France savoury crepes made from buckwheat flour
Japan noodles made from buckwheat

What are the effects of buckwheat tea?

It is not the grains that are used to make buckwheat tea, but the buckwheat herb. It is said to have many healing properties.

Depending on their body size, people should drink about 2-3 litres of fluid a day. To manage this amount, it is a good change to drink unsweetened teas in between. (pixabay.com / Foundry Co)

The herb contains high amounts of the flavonoid rutin. This has vascular strengthening and protective properties. Buckwheat tea is therefore used to improve blood circulation and to increase the elasticity and resilience of the veins. The herb is therefore used to treat the following conditions:

  • Prevention of arteriosclerosis
  • Circulatory disorders
  • Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI)
  • Circulatory disorder of the leg veins with water retention (oedema)
  • Varicose veins on the inner edge of the foot
  • Stasis patches and itchy chronic inflammatory skin changes

Buckwheat tea is also often used as a so-called vein cure. About 2-3 cups of the tea are drunk daily. However, the cure should not last longer than 8 weeks. The first positive effects can be seen after about 2 weeks.

What dosage and brewing time is needed for buckwheat tea?

About 2 grams of the dried and cut herb should be poured over 150 millilitres of boiling water. After 10 minutes, the whole can be poured off with a sieve. Another possibility is to boil the buckwheat herb directly in the pot. You should pour this off after about 2-3 minutes of boiling.

Depending on the manufacturer of your tea, the recommendations for dosage and brewing time will vary. It also makes a difference whether you have loose tea or tea bags. Check the manufacturer's instructions before brewing.

Can buckwheat tea have side effects?

The side effects of buckwheat and buckwheat tea depend especially on the time of harvest. For example, depending on the time, the plant may contain small amounts of fagopyrin.
Did you know that there is a buckwheat disease called fagopyrism? This is the name given to the consequences of the fagopyrin contained in buckwheat. The disease can occur in humans and especially in cattle, sheep and pigs.

This substance can cause headaches in humans. Furthermore, it often has a phototoxic effect, which means that it makes the skin more sensitive to sunlight. However, the fagopyrin is mainly present in the husk of the grains and not in the buckwheat herb.

To avoid the side effects of fagopyrin, standardised ready-to-use medicines are recommended. These should contain a low defined content of the ingredient.

How much does buckwheat tea cost?

The prices for buckwheat tea are based on the number of grams. Loose teas are usually available from a quantity of 100 grams. The cost of this quantity starts at about 3 and rises to over 20 euros. It also makes a price difference whether the tea has special certifications. These include, for example, fair trade or organic seals. These teas are often somewhat more expensive.

What alternatives are there to buckwheat tea?

If you are not a tea drinker but still don't want to miss out on the positive effects of buckwheat herb, there is an alternative for you. The herb is also available in powdered form as tablets. You can easily order the tablets on the internet or buy them at the pharmacy. The package label usually advertises the ingredient rutin, which is responsible for the health-promoting effect.

Buying criteria: You can use these criteria to compare and evaluate buckwheat teas

In the following, we will show you some aspects that will help you to decide between the many buckwheat teas. You can use these to evaluate and compare the teas. In the following, you will find a detailed description of the individual criteria, which we have subdivided as follows:

  • Origin
  • Additives
  • Organic certification
  • Loose tea or tea bag

In the following paragraphs we will show you what is important in the individual buying criteria.

Origin

As mentioned above, buckwheat grows mainly in Europe, Asia and eastern Africa. For an environmentally friendly purchase, you should make sure to buy the tea from a region where it is grown. Buckwheat tea is also frequently used in Korea, Japan and China. Here, however, the tea is not made from the buckwheat herb, but from its roasted grains. This tea is often served instead of water and can be drunk hot or cold. In each of the countries, buckwheat tea is called differently. In the following table we have listed the different names for you:

country name of the tea
Korea memil-cha
Japan soba-cha
China kuqiao-cha

To give you a little insight into this type of buckwheat tea, we have selected a video that shows how to prepare Japanese soba-cha.

Supplements

If you take a vein cure with buckwheat tea, for example, you will consume large amounts of the herb. It is therefore all the more important to make sure that your tea has a good composition. Your tea should be free of added colourings and preservatives. This is not necessary for the health-promoting effect. The addition of artificial flavours can also be avoided.

Organic certification

More and more teas carry the EU organic seal on their packaging. This means that they meet the criteria of the EU Organic Regulation. The seal has stricter guidelines regarding the cultivation and use of pesticides. The seal also limits the additives that the tea can contain and is subject to stricter controls. When buying organic products, make sure that the organic seal is present. In addition to the EU seal, there are also associations such as Demeter. These have their own and even stricter guidelines than the EU organic seal. Manufacturers often advertise with slogans that are not protected by law. The term "from organic cultivation" is protected by law, whereas "from integrated cultivation" can be used by anyone.

Loose tea or tea bags

Whether you should buy loose tea or tea in pre-filled tea bags depends on the quantities you want to brew. Another deciding factor is practicality. About 80 percent of tea is sold in tea bags. In such a fast-paced world, this is no wonder. The bags are already portioned, so you can save time. However, the disadvantage here is that the amount of tea per bag is already predetermined. If you want to make large quantities of tea frequently, loose tea probably makes more sense for you. However, you will need to plan a little more time. In addition, you need a tea strainer to prepare loose tea.

Facts worth knowing about buckwheat tea

Can I drink buckwheat tea during pregnancy and breastfeeding?

So far, there are no specific recommendations for drinking buckwheat tea during pregnancy and breastfeeding. If you are unsure, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

Can I make buckwheat tea myself?

Buckwheat tea can be made with dried or fresh buckwheat herb. You can collect the herb yourself and make your own tea.

To make tea from the buckwheat plant, it must be collected in its flowering season. The leaves, flowers and stems are dried and can then be used. (pixabay.com / Hans Braxmeier)

However, pay attention to where you collect your herb. If you pick it from a field, it is possible that pesticides were used in its cultivation. If the rock is also on the side of the road, the buckwheat may be contaminated with exhaust fumes and pollutants. If you want to be on the safe side, you can simply plant buckwheat at home. Light, acidic soils and a sunny to semi-shady location are particularly suitable. Unhulled buckwheat is suitable for sowing.

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