It’s a lot more complicated than just “tea” these days, isn’t it? Can we say for sure what the Word of Wisdom status is of all the variations? Some are easy, others less so.
1. Black tea — definitely out.
2. Iced (black) tea — definitely out, too.
(1a and 2a. But what if they’re decaf?)
3. Green tea.
I’ve heard from various members that green tea is okay. My current bishop said he doesn’t know whether it’s prohibited. I’m really not sure, either.
4. Oolong tea.
My bishop has no idea whether this is allowed. It’s not a product that you see as much as Black or Green, but it’s becoming a lot more popular in California lately, as it’s part of all sorts of new fad diets.
5. Chai tea.
Again, no idea. I have the vague impression that there are a whole bunch of different chais. Do they all contain black tea? Does anyone know?
6. White tea.
Um, what the heck is white tea, anyway? I see it in the supermarket sometimes, and in the occasional Chinese restaurant.
7. Yerba Mate.
About 10,000 former Argentine missionaries drink this stuff. I’m pretty sure it’s allowed.
I’m fairly confident it’s allowed. (Side note: Did you know, they collect this stuff using _ants_? Pretty cool.)
9. Peppermint, chamomile, etc.
Allowed, widely used.
10. Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime and Cranberry Apple Zinger.
Like Green Jello, these are required to be in the pantry of any church member who expects to attain the highest degree of the Celestial Kingdom.
Honorable mention: Chapparal.
Used by my inlaws as a traditional general cure for everything, but really ought to be prohibited under the Geneva Conventions.