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Hello,

I had some Chamomile Tea in the cupboard for a while now and it was labeled "gluten free". I also had an unopened box that was not labeled "gluten free". I went to the store today and found a couple different types that were labeled gluten-free. Checked on their Chamomile Tea and sure enough it was not labeled gluten-free.

I emailed the company to find out why some of the Chamomile is labeled gluten-free and some not.

Anyone already know or have a clue?

I will post the response when they get back to me.


Joni

Dx'd with Celiac Disease 8/01/07

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Whew! I just checked and my Celestial Seasonings Chamomile Tea says Gluten Free. It is the old packaging, where it has the label gluten free under the 100% natural box. The new boxes have Gluten Free on the bottom. Nonetheless, tell us what the company says. Thanks.

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Just because something is labeled gluten free, does not necessarily mean that I was not in the past.

That's the fallacy with the new labeling laws - carrots and celery can be labeled gluten free. <_<


Lisa

Gluten Free - August 15, 2004

"Not all who wander are lost" - JRR Tolkien

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WOW! I guess there aren't probably pull dates on things like tea. Anyway, if it still tastes good......

Good drinking.

By the way, I did discover there are three or four Tazo teas that have gluten. I forget what they are, but if you search the forum for Tazo, if you drink it ever, it will tell the kinds with gluten.

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For what it is worth, this list says that Celestial Teas are safe:

http://www.glutenfreeforum.com/index.php?a...d=27&cat=55

According to this listing, the Tazo Teas that have gluten are: Green Ginger filterbags, Tazo Honeybush filterbags, Lemon Ginger bottled tea, Tea Lemonade bottled tea. Naturally, it was the Green Ginger and the Honeybush I was consuming quite a bit :(

Also, I awhile ago I emailed the Hain Celestial group and they told me "...gluten is not hidden under any general terms, such as "natural flavors" or "spices". If any general term contains a gluten ingredient it is listed out separately. For example, it would say: natural flavors (contains wheat), etc." I was asking specifically about the Nature Valley brand, but I would think the company would have a uniform policy.

Still, if you go with Republic of Tea you will know there is no cross-contamination, change of ingredients, new product since the gluten-free list was made that actually has gluten, etc.

You can, of course, look at ingredients, too. I guess I have a few teas that aren't ROT but they don't have any "flavors" or "spices" in them. If the only things listed are gluten-free ingredients, I feel safe.


McDougall diet (low fat vegan) since 6/00

Gluten free since 1/6/07

Soy free and completely casein and egg free since 2/15/07

Yeast free, on and off, since 3/1/07 -- I can't notice any difference one way or the other

Enterolab results -- 2/15/07

Fecal Antigliladin IgA 140 (Normal Range <10 units)

Fecal Antitissue Transglutaminase IgA 50 (Normal Range <10 units)

Quantitative Microscopic Fecal Fat Score 517 (Normal Range <300 units)

Fecal anti-casein (cow's milk) IgA antibody 127 (Normal Range <10 units)

HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 1 0501

HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 2 06xx

Serologic equivalent: HLA-DQ 1,1 (subtype 5,6)

Fecal anti-ovalbumin (chicken egg) IgA antibody 11 (Normal range <10 units)

Fecal Anti-Saccharomyces cerevisiae (dietary yeast) IgA 11 (Normal range <10 units)

Fecal Anti-Soy IgA 119 (Normal Range < 10 units)

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Thank you for the information and great list.

I've been experimenting with a different tea every morning and every afternoon. So far it looks like I can't take Chamomile in anything. I tried Lipton regular tea today and have no stomach ache at all, but I'm very senstivie to caffeine and feel a little lightheaded and jittery from that. Eliminating caffeine a couple weeks ago is the reason I switched to teas. :P

Yesterday afternoon I made my own ginger tea. It didn't bother my stomach at all. At least I have one thing I can fall back on. I also want to try dandelion tea. I have tons of dandelions in my yard, but can't imagine digging them up to get to their roots. Sounds like it would be hard to clean them for tea. But they are supposed to be so good for us. :)


Joni

Dx'd with Celiac Disease 8/01/07

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All the ones I've bought from Celestial Seasonings is gluten-free. In fact...I just looked in my booklet and I wrote down these are safe:

  • Almost sunset
    Gingerbread Spice
    Ginseng Energy
    Canadian Vanilla Maple Decaf
    English Toffee
    Echinacea
    Sugar Plum Spice
    Vanilla Hazelnut
    Detox A.M.
    Roastaroma

But I can't remember where I found that list....lol

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Bellyfat--you should not have been able to purchase tea now that was dated 1997, if you still have the receipt, you should return it to the store for an exchange for a new product. That is ridiculous--no food item should ever be on the shelf for that length of time. If you have had it in your home for that long, it's up to you if you want to still drink it, but just having purchased it, I would return it for new. Just my opinion. You really have no idea where it has been for all that time.


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All the ones I've bought from Celestial Seasonings is gluten-free. In fact...I just looked in my booklet and I wrote down these are safe:

  • Almost sunset
    Gingerbread Spice
    Ginseng Energy
    Canadian Vanilla Maple Decaf
    English Toffee
    Echinacea
    Sugar Plum Spice
    Vanilla Hazelnut
    Detox A.M.
    Roastaroma

But I can't remember where I found that list....lol

~ Lisa ~


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I usually don't drink non-normal tea anyways so when I look on the box for gluten-free that's the only time I buy it. I got it off one of those 40+ pages of gluten-free things in Canada.

~ Lisa ~


...Flames vs. Panthers, and Lifehouse, were best experiences OF MY LIFE!!...

...26 years old...

...Look in my forum profile for ways to read my public sports articles...

R.I.P. Uncle Gus (Sept. 21, 1971 - Oct. 2, 2004) ... R.I.P. Baba (Oct. 12, 1911 - Feb. 28, 2006) ... R.I.P. Uncle Lawrence (Aug. 7, 1943 - Jan. 4, 2009)

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I like Celestial Seasonings brand and as far as I know all of there teas are supposed to be labeled gluten free if they are.:) enjoy


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I like Celestial Seasonings brand and as far as I know all of there teas are supposed to be labeled gluten free if they are.:) enjoy

I just wish they would make that label a little darker and larger. I have never had issues with any that had the gluten-free label. I love the India Spice and Morning Thunder.


Courage does not always roar, sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying

"I will try again tommorrow" (Mary Anne Radmacher)

Diagnosed by Allergist with elimination diet and diagnosis confirmed by GI in 2002

Misdiagnoses for 15 years were IBS-D, ataxia, migraines, anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia, parathesias, arthritis, livedo reticularis, hairloss, premature menopause, osteoporosis, kidney damage, diverticulosis, prediabetes and ulcers, dermatitis herpeformis

All bold resoved or went into remission in time with proper diagnosis of Celiac November 2002

 Gene Test Aug 2007

HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 1 0303

HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 2 0303

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I was in Walmart yesterday and found that their decaffeinated tea is labeled gluten free. Had some this morning and no tummy ache! Yay!

I never would have suspected Chamomile tea would have been making me bloat and have tummy aches. You just never know.

The great news is that the problem isn't dairy or soy! Double yay!

Doing the happy dance!!!


Joni

Dx'd with Celiac Disease 8/01/07

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Thank you for the information and great list.

I've been experimenting with a different tea every morning and every afternoon. So far it looks like I can't take Chamomile in anything. I tried Lipton regular tea today and have no stomach ache at all, but I'm very senstivie to caffeine and feel a little lightheaded and jittery from that. Eliminating caffeine a couple weeks ago is the reason I switched to teas. :P

Yesterday afternoon I made my own ginger tea. It didn't bother my stomach at all. At least I have one thing I can fall back on. I also want to try dandelion tea. I have tons of dandelions in my yard, but can't imagine digging them up to get to their roots. Sounds like it would be hard to clean them for tea. But they are supposed to be so good for us. :)

Most everybody on board knows my husband has celiac and I don't; but I wanted to mention that I can't drink herb tea as they bother my allergies (don't know if the tea has natural mold/sulfa or it's because I have allergies to plants, but herb teas give me a terrible stomach ache and diarrhea). Always have...

Debbie


Husband has Celiac Disease and

Husband misdiagnosed for 27 yrs -

The misdiagnosis was: IBS or colitis

Mis-diagnosed from 1977 to 2003 by various gastros including one of the largest,

most prestigious medical groups in northern NJ which constantly advertises themselves as

being the "best." This GI told him it was "all in his head."

Serious Depressive state ensued

Finally Diagnosed with celiac disease in 2003

Other food sensitivities: almost all fruits, vegetables, spices, eggs, nuts, yeast, fried foods, roughage, soy.

Needs to gain back at least 25 lbs. of the 40 lbs pounds he lost - lost a great amout of body fat and muscle

Developed neuropathy in 2005

Now has lymphadema 2006It is my opinion that his subsequent disorders could have been avoided had he been diagnosed sooner by any of the dozen or so doctors he saw between 1977 to 2003

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I also want to try dandelion tea. I have tons of dandelions in my yard, but can't imagine digging them up to get to their roots. Sounds like it would be hard to clean them for tea. But they are supposed to be so good for us. :)

Don't eat any dandelions from your yard unless you don't use any toxic chemicals on your lawn. My understanding is that this stuff gets absorbed into plants; you can't wash it off. Every time I see a dandelion recipe (usually for the greens) there is always this same warning ...


McDougall diet (low fat vegan) since 6/00

Gluten free since 1/6/07

Soy free and completely casein and egg free since 2/15/07

Yeast free, on and off, since 3/1/07 -- I can't notice any difference one way or the other

Enterolab results -- 2/15/07

Fecal Antigliladin IgA 140 (Normal Range <10 units)

Fecal Antitissue Transglutaminase IgA 50 (Normal Range <10 units)

Quantitative Microscopic Fecal Fat Score 517 (Normal Range <300 units)

Fecal anti-casein (cow's milk) IgA antibody 127 (Normal Range <10 units)

HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 1 0501

HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 2 06xx

Serologic equivalent: HLA-DQ 1,1 (subtype 5,6)

Fecal anti-ovalbumin (chicken egg) IgA antibody 11 (Normal range <10 units)

Fecal Anti-Saccharomyces cerevisiae (dietary yeast) IgA 11 (Normal range <10 units)

Fecal Anti-Soy IgA 119 (Normal Range < 10 units)

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All the ones I've bought from Celestial Seasonings is gluten-free. In fact...I just looked in my booklet and I wrote down these are safe:

  • Almost sunset
    Gingerbread Spice
    Ginseng Energy
    Canadian Vanilla Maple Decaf
    English Toffee
    Echinacea
    Sugar Plum Spice
    Vanilla Hazelnut
    Detox A.M.
    Roastaroma

But I can't remember where I found that list....lol

~ Lisa ~

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All the ones I've bought from Celestial Seasonings is gluten-free. In fact...I just looked in my booklet and I wrote down these are safe:

  • Almost sunset
    Gingerbread Spice
    Ginseng Energy
    Canadian Vanilla Maple Decaf
    English Toffee
    Echinacea
    Sugar Plum Spice
    Vanilla Hazelnut
    Detox A.M.
    Roastaroma

But I can't remember where I found that list....lol

~ Lisa ~

WARNING Please check

I have concerns about your list. According to the Clan Thompson listing these are not gluten-free

Echinacea

Canadian Vanilla Maple Decaf

Ginseng Energy

English Toffee

Vanilla Hazelnut

The first four are listed as having roasted barley and I don't know about the Vanilla Hazelnut. The date they checked these was 2/23/07. It is possible that this information is out dated but I would call Celestial seasonings directly to be sure. 1-800-351-8175.

Is it possible that this is a list of those that are not safe. This is a question as a do not know about the other teas listed.

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WARNING Please check

I have concerns about your list. According to the Clan Thompson listing these are not gluten-free

Echinacea

Canadian Vanilla Maple Decaf

Ginseng Energy

English Toffee

Vanilla Hazelnut

The first four are listed as having roasted barley and I don't know about the Vanilla Hazelnut. The date they checked these was 2/23/07. It is possible that this information is out dated but I would call Celestial seasonings directly to be sure. 1-800-351-8175.

Is it possible that this is a list of those that are not safe. This is a question as a do not know about the other teas listed.

That was a good catch, I agree I think this is the unsafe listing. Any of their teas that are gluten-free say so clearly on the box.


Courage does not always roar, sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying

"I will try again tommorrow" (Mary Anne Radmacher)

Diagnosed by Allergist with elimination diet and diagnosis confirmed by GI in 2002

Misdiagnoses for 15 years were IBS-D, ataxia, migraines, anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia, parathesias, arthritis, livedo reticularis, hairloss, premature menopause, osteoporosis, kidney damage, diverticulosis, prediabetes and ulcers, dermatitis herpeformis

All bold resoved or went into remission in time with proper diagnosis of Celiac November 2002

 Gene Test Aug 2007

HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 1 0303

HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 2 0303

Serologic equivalent: HLA-DQ 3,3 (Subtype 9,9)

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Some of their holiday teas contain barley. John has a box of that he wanted to try. It turned out it tasted nasty...which I told him it would. So not all of their teas are ok.


~~~~Gluten Free since 9/2004~~~~~~

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Just wanted to reiterate that some of these are NOT gluten-free. I carelessly glutened myself from the Sugar Plum Spice. It's clearly labeled with "barley." It's a shame, too, because the tea was delicious.


"I'm not telling you it's going to be easy. I'm telling you it's going to be worth it." - Art Williams

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