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drank Women's Tea by Yogi Tea
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Another one of Yogi’s that I was lured into. The lime mint went so well, so I felt brave. I’ve been eyeing this at the shop for a while because I wondered if it might offer a little bit of help with Certain Female Issues, henceforth referred to as TMI.

I’m giving it a go. It’s not like there are a hundred bags in the box, so I should get through it quickly enough if I stick at it, and I have to stick at it, otherwise I can’t tell if it’s working, can I? Well, I’ve experimented somewhat with it now and discovered that I can drink a small cup but not a whole mug.

This stuff has ginger in it. Ridiculous amounts of ginger. One cup of this and my mouth feels like someone made a fire in there. I have also discovered that it needs drinking fast, because the more it cools the stronger the ginger tastes and the more difficult it gets to drink it. So a weak-ish brew in a small cup and drunk fast.

Good thing I didn’t buy this because I thought it would taste awesome, isn’t it?

As for how it worked with TMI, well, it… sort of did and didn’t. Okay, I don’t know if that was the tea or not, but the point of it all is that I had the same issues, only some of them behaved a little differently. Mostly they seemed a tiny bit milder. Or at least easier to shift with paracetamol. Or rather, possible to shift. That might not be the wonder cure I was hoping for but it was enough that I’m willing to try this out a little further. I need more time to see if there was a difference here or not.

But this stuff will never ever be a comfort drink. Bleh.I realise that this was probably not the exact right blend for this particular experiment, but it was what was available and so as close as I could come. Given the right foulness of the ginger in this, I might in the future see if I can find something closer to the mark in one of the health food shops that are available to me. I’m thinking either the moon cycle one or some raspberry leaf. (I know I can definitely get the latter, as I have seen it before, but I’ve heard that’s right foul tasting as well. When it comes to TMI, we just can’t win, can we?)

Now some time later, I’ve given up on this. There is just TOO MUCH ginger in it. I found I could drink maybe half a cup if it had only just had two or three dips of the bag in it and wasn’t allowed to cool off in any significant way. Obviously that’s not the way its meant to be drunk and other herbs and things in it couldn’t come to their right when I was trying to temper the ginger. I just couldn’t get that much ginger through my throat! Blech! As for TMI, well, we’ll just try something else. Or live with how it usually is. I’ve managed that for 20 years already, I’m sure I can manage it for 35 more.

Husband gave it a shot and as he is more tolerant of ginger than I am, is making a valiant attempt at it. Therefore this is now only referred to as Manly Man Tea of Manliness! He too is having doubts as to whether he can finish it of, though. I’ve told him to just bin it if he doesn’t want to drink it.

Dinosara

I don’t mind the taste of raspberry leaf, actually. I don’t love it by itself, so I either drink it in blends or add it into something else. I used a rose black tea, but I would imagine it would work with any type of fruity black. And it does seem to help with, well, you know.

gmathis

Raspberry leaf has been pretty effective for You Know in my experience. Throw in a little peppermint and it is not unpleasant.

ashmanra

I found that Get A Grip tea from Republic of Tea did seem to help a little with the desire to strangle someone…

Angrboda

Thank you ladies, I’ll definitely get hold of some raspberry leaf and try that. Most people I’ve seen mention it before seemed to have found it unpleasant, so I feel encouraged that this is not a universal experience.

Ashmanra, I can’t get Republic of Tea things here. Do you know some of what’s in it? Perhaps I can find or reconstruct something similar. I don’t get much of that particular symptom, though. Sometimes, but mostly it’s just aches and pains in various places for me.

ashmanra

Here is the ingredient list! And I think it as pretty good for taking the edge off of a lot of symptoms – backache, bloat, etc.

INGREDIENTS
Organic Rooibos (leaf) Licorice (root), Eleuthero (root), Parsley (leaf), Black Cohosh (root), Chaste Berry (fruit), Chaste Berry (fruit) Extract, Dong Quai (root) Extract. Other Ingredients: Birch (bark), Roasted Chicory (root), Natural Honey & Coconut Flavor

gmathis

I had a sample of something with eleuthero in it once that was supposed to be a good stress tamer. I don’t remember it tasting notably awful…

Angrboda

Hm. I haven’t got the first clue what some of those things are, so maybe not reconstructing after all… I have heard birch bark is good for aches and pains. In the clan of the cavebear books they drink tisanes of the stuff constantly, and I’ve just been reading another book where they used it similarly.

Calochortus

Birch bark has compounds like salicylin (related to aspirin), so it’s good for general aches, lowering blood pressure, and stomach maladies. I think there are other Yogi teas that have eleuthero — I remember having one (something like Green Tea Energy?), and it tasted distinctly like oat straw (which is good for depression, supposedly?). Yogi teas usually are hit or miss when it comes to taste, though…

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Dinosara

I don’t mind the taste of raspberry leaf, actually. I don’t love it by itself, so I either drink it in blends or add it into something else. I used a rose black tea, but I would imagine it would work with any type of fruity black. And it does seem to help with, well, you know.

gmathis

Raspberry leaf has been pretty effective for You Know in my experience. Throw in a little peppermint and it is not unpleasant.

ashmanra

I found that Get A Grip tea from Republic of Tea did seem to help a little with the desire to strangle someone…

Angrboda

Thank you ladies, I’ll definitely get hold of some raspberry leaf and try that. Most people I’ve seen mention it before seemed to have found it unpleasant, so I feel encouraged that this is not a universal experience.

Ashmanra, I can’t get Republic of Tea things here. Do you know some of what’s in it? Perhaps I can find or reconstruct something similar. I don’t get much of that particular symptom, though. Sometimes, but mostly it’s just aches and pains in various places for me.

ashmanra

Here is the ingredient list! And I think it as pretty good for taking the edge off of a lot of symptoms – backache, bloat, etc.

INGREDIENTS
Organic Rooibos (leaf) Licorice (root), Eleuthero (root), Parsley (leaf), Black Cohosh (root), Chaste Berry (fruit), Chaste Berry (fruit) Extract, Dong Quai (root) Extract. Other Ingredients: Birch (bark), Roasted Chicory (root), Natural Honey & Coconut Flavor

gmathis

I had a sample of something with eleuthero in it once that was supposed to be a good stress tamer. I don’t remember it tasting notably awful…

Angrboda

Hm. I haven’t got the first clue what some of those things are, so maybe not reconstructing after all… I have heard birch bark is good for aches and pains. In the clan of the cavebear books they drink tisanes of the stuff constantly, and I’ve just been reading another book where they used it similarly.

Calochortus

Birch bark has compounds like salicylin (related to aspirin), so it’s good for general aches, lowering blood pressure, and stomach maladies. I think there are other Yogi teas that have eleuthero — I remember having one (something like Green Tea Energy?), and it tasted distinctly like oat straw (which is good for depression, supposedly?). Yogi teas usually are hit or miss when it comes to taste, though…

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Ang lives with Husband and two kitties, Charm and Luna, in a house not too far from Århus. Apart from drinking tea, she enjoys baking, especially biscuits, reading and jigsaw puzzles. She has recently acquired an interest in cross-stitch and started a rather large project. It remains to be seen whether she has actually bitten off more than she can chew…

Ang prefers black teas and the darker sorts of oolongs. She has to be in the mood for green and white, and she enjoys, but knows little to nothing about, pu-erh.

Her preferences with black teas are the Chinese ones, particularly from Fujian, but also Keemun and just about anything smoky. She occasionally enjoys Yunnans but they’re not favourites. She has taken some time to research Ceylon teas, complete with reference map, and has recently developed some interest in teas from Africa.

She is sceptical about Indian blacks as she generally finds them too astringent and too easy to get wrong. She doesn’t really care for Darjeelings at all. Very high-grown teas are often not favoured.

She likes flavoured teas as well, particularly fruit flavoured ones, but also had an obsession with finding the Perfect Vanilla Flavoured Black and can happily report that this reclusive beast has been spotted in a local teashop near where she works. Any and all vanilla flavoured teas are still highly attractive to her, though. Also nuts and caramel or toffee. Not so much chocolate. It’s a texture thing.

However, she thinks Earl Grey is generally kind of boring. Cinnamon and ginger are also not really a hit, and she’s not very fond of chais. Evil hibiscus is evil. Even in small amounts, and yes, Ang can usually detect hibiscus, mostly by way of the metallic flavour of blood it has.

Ang is not super impressed with rooibos or honeybush on their own. She doesn’t care for either, really, but when they are flavoured, they go usually go down a treat.

Ang used to have a Standard Panel of teas that she tried to always have on hand. She put a lot of thought into defining it and decided what should go on it. It was a great idea on paper, but in practise has been discovered to not really work as well.

Ang tries her best to make a post on Steepster several times a week. She tends to write her posts in advance in a word doc (The Queue) and posting from there. This, she feels, helps her to maintain regularity and stops her from making five posts in three days and then going three weeks without posting anything at all.

Angrboda is almost always open to swapping. Just ask her. Due to the nature of the queue, however, and the fact that it’s some 24 pages long at the moment, it may take a good while from she receives your parcel and until she actually posts about it.

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