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drank Chamomile by Harney & Sons
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I can’t believe this wasn’t in my cupboard. I bought a one pound bag because it did wonders for my dog’s feet. (Because it is so light, the one pound bag looks HUGE.) He has grass pollen allergies and had licked his feet raw last year. I read that chamomile could soothe it and bought the giant bag. I made the tea, let it cool, and soaked each doggie foot in a tall glass for about 30-60 seconds before bedtime one night. By the next morning, all the redness and weeping was gone. I pour it over him after his bath just for skin health and itching, too.

Well, now I need to drink it, and I am enjoying it immensely. I am making it, resteeping, and pouring it into swing top bottles that I refrigerate. It is so good and so cold when stored in glass, quite refreshing. I don’t get apple like lots of people do, but rather hay and minty light citrus.

But I am drinking it for a special reason. I have been on proton pump inhibitors for sixteen years. Yes, the drug that is supposed to be used for two weeks maximum. I had tried and couldn’t get off of it, although I got myself down to 20mg a day which is half of what they started me on.

Lest anyone think I was being a wimp, I can tell you that even with Prilosec I had heartburn and chest pain from esophagus spasms, nighttime reflux, bending over reflux, and would lose my voice from the acid washing up. And this all started back when I was really skinny, not due to being overweight.

I read a study recently that suggested that since acid is natural and needful, perhaps there is often a different problem. The most common is thought to be possibly an inflamed esophagus which can be due to allergy instead of acid. I decided to try again and this time, treat my esophagus with lots of natural anti-inflammatories. Thus the chamomile tea! And I am pleased to say that while I have had some rebound reflux, I can live with it and it isn’t constant. Also, Pepcid Complete knocks it out, and in five days I have only had two of those.

I am also drinking lemongrass tea made from the lemongrass I grow, and I drink it cold, too. I am replenishing my good bacteria with homemade yogurt and homemade water kefir.

The great thing is that I really love the cold chamomile tea and I love that it is making me healthier and helping me to get off of a drug that can be very bad for you in the long run.


I must show this to the wife. Our dog has an allergy to chicken (just try finding dog food made without some form of chicken). We have found one dog food brand (Blue Buffalo) that makes a couple varieties he can eat. Occasionally he gets into something he shouldn’t and his little feet to red from licking the itch. So you may have helped Spike.

My wife suffers similarly with her reflux. She has been on those pills for a few years with only limited relief. I’ll never convince her to try yogurt in any form (I love it) but she does like chamomile.

Thanks for the heads up!

Evol Ving Ness

Turmeric (and curcumin capsules) is a natural anti-inflammatory that might work in your toolkit. Good luck with this. Medications can be harsh with our gentle selves.


So true, Evol! I will add those. I am also eating GinGin candies and using Tummy Rub essential oil blend and they really do help. I am hoping that within a couple of weeks the rebound reflux will resolve!


I wish my boyfriend would take a lesson from you. He eats almost no veggies, despises tea (even herbal), drinks a litre of milk every day despite being allergic… and has really bad acid reflux and so consumes a whole lotta tums! I managed to convince him that yogurt(homemade with multiple strains) was necessary after he had mega antibiotics due to an ear infection, but otherwise he is a hopeless case when it comes to healthy gut and such (even claiming that studies show not eating vegetables is nearly harmless for the body if you have proteins! sighs)
Anyhow, I’m glad the chamomile is helping you!! :)


Oh and he isn’t overweight so I can’t use that excuse to make him eat better haha

Evol Ving Ness

Fermented food such as kimchi and sauerkraut is also excellent. Indigobloom, see if you can organize regular visits to Korean town for meals.


It started for me during pregnancy and came back when a friend end through a horrific divorce that affected a lot of our friends and loved ones. I weighed less than 100 pounds at the time. I have little doubt that stress had a lot to do with getting reflux, plus I was tested for h. Pylori and did have it. The treatment was terrible! They took my gall bladder. Still little relief. PPI meds were the only thing that helped. It took me two tries to cut my dose in half. The first time I tried I was in agony. So I feel like this is going pretty well even though I have to accommodate it all day long, watching portions, foods, eating ginger, drinking chamomile, but going as naturally as possible to get past the rebound phase.

I make dairy kefir and yogurt and we eat pretty well. My hubby doesn’t like beef so we eat mostly veggies and a little chicken. I do stress eat, however, and I ah e always carried stress in my tummy and neck and back.

I am refusing to even consider going back on the meds at this point I want to see this through! Rebound reflux is supposed to stop after about two weeks. I am hoping for less!

Evol Ving Ness

You might consider seeing a functional or integrated doctor if you need more help with this using natural approaches to fixing the problem, and whatever may have been created through the use of meds.

Cathy Baratheon

I have a similar condition. Thank you for sharing your experience, I will try some chamomile


Day 7 and it is going well. I drink water with organic vinegar, eat GinGin candies, eat small portions. Pepcid Complete rarely but it knocks out any building heartburn and it didn’t used to help.


@Evol possibly. He is allergic to shellfish and salmon skin so it’d have to be guaranteed safe. Not sure if they can do that in Chinatown. But I might try takeout and see how that goes!

Evol Ving Ness

There are several restaurants in Korean town here that do not have either shellfish or salmon on the menu, so one would assume that they’d be as safe as is possible.


@Evol hmm if there is no fish at all, I might be able to swing it! the smell turns him off, I’m guessing due to his allergy

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As promised, I tried this cold. I had it hot first and liked it. Wow, that’s a lot of cardamom! Second steep was about ten seconds and the cup was inky black so I figured I would go for two more steeps and put them in the fridge.

Steep three was the normal orange black tea color, while steep four was getting rather pale. As strong as the flavor was, though, I figured it would work. And it did.

I poured both of those steeps into a mason jar and put it in the fridge. I had some with supper that night and the rest with lunch the next day. It was good and refreshing and I love having a flavored cold drink with no guilt, because part of me still wants to reach for the sugary things we used to associate with summertime. (Kool-Aid from my childhood, and my mom always added EXTRA sugar cuz she said it tasted better that way! Southern sweet tea that was so sweet it should have been called Tea Simple Syrup. Ice cold Coke in a glass bottle…okay, I still do that one sometimes, but we buy the Hecho In Mexico ones at Sam’s Club that are made with real cane sugar.)

Going to finish this box quite easily! Took some to Superanna and she liked it, and now need to share with my son and his fiancée, ChelseaR.

S.G. Sanders

I have the problem with drinking Southern Sweet Tea when I visit family in N.C./Tennessee. But I give myself the whole, “It’s okay, at least you don’t drink soda anymore” speech.

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I have been drinking plain black tea with breakfast lately, but I am trying to shake it up by drinking different ones each day. Most of them have been reviewed a thousand times, and even though I am on my third tin of this tea I notice that I have only made one tasting note.

I really like this. I love a nice smoky Lapsang and was shocked to find out that a tea can be called Lapsang Souchong and not be smoky at all – as in, not in the least. This is from the region where they grow the tea normally made into smoky Lapsang, it just hasn’t been smoked.

And it is really good. The taste is very bright and the taste lingers for some time. It reminds me of some of the more roasted oolongs I have tried.

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drank Pink Lemonade by Southern Boy Teas
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I made a gallon of this early this morning. It is about half gone because hubby and I are both working outside in heat and sun and keep coming in to rehydrate. I even had to turn the hose on myself so I could keep going.

I am so glad I have more of this. In order, I love Earl Grey Iced, Razzleberry, and Pink Lemonade of the SBT’s I have tried.

The flavoring doesn’t cover up the delicious tea base, and the pink lemonade part is sweet and not tart. Perfection.

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This is getting old, but it was really tasty at breakfast. Then I worked my butt off cleaning my car, steamcleaning the mats, and cleaning the outside refrigerator. (Is that common anywhere but the South? My mom and mother-in-law had an extra fridge outside as well as a chest freezer for grains – we grind our own flour – and chicken feed cuz I buy the organic whole grain stuff that expires so I need lots of fridge and freezer space.)

Anyway, my face was so red I looked like a heat stroke victim. I took the leftover tea in the pot and poured it over crushed ice. This was unsweetened and very different from the iced tea my mother made that had three cups of sugar per gallon. Everyone loved her tea. But this was excellent plain. It made me growl a little it was so good. I think I’ll live.

And I am guessing that these teas are actually from Adagio.


Not exactly outside but we do have one in the garage along with a chest freezer. Missouri is kind of South but kind of not, I suppose, depending on who you talk to. :)


Yes, ours is in a storage room u der a
carport, so kind of like in a garage. And I definitely consider you to be in the South!


Lol “it made me growl a little”

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I bought this as a special treat at The Fresh Market today, where the bad girl in me always wins and gets to put something we really don’t need in the basket.

I liked Emperor’s Pu-era by Numi but really disliked their Mint Puerh. I could have sworn that I had tried their Chocolate Puerh but apparently I haven’t because there is no note for it.

I love cardamom and recently had a white tea with coconut and cardamom that I liked a lot, so I decided to give this a try. I thought it was going to be sachets but it was teabags. Boo! I sniffed the bag and went MMMMM! at the powerful scent of cardamom followed immediately by UGH at the scent of their Puerh. I love Puerh. This one had a fresh poop smell, not the nice aged barnyard we know and love.

Happily, though, it tastes quite good! And judging by the incredible inky color of the first cup that developed so quickly, I suspect I will get at least two resteeps out of this. All in all, it’s a good tea to have on hand when you want something nice, good for your tummy, and easy as pie to make. Also a great no-hassle tea for work or to throw in a purse or book bag, since the bags are individually wrapped.


Ha! Totally how I would probably react to the smell of the base.

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drank Flower Pu er by Wait Tea House
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I am enjoying a second steep of this tea now, if rolling around on the sofa going “nomnomnom” is enjoying, and it occurs to me that I really truly do not believe this is a Puerh tea. Now, it might be Pu Er, as in, it was purchased in the tea trading town in Yunnan Province, China called Puerh, but I am convinced this is a Golden Mudan just like the one sold by Harney and Sons years ago. The company has this listed under both Pu Er tea and Black Tea headings. I think it belongs exclusively under black tea. There is no hint of she or sheng flavor, no appearance of Puerh, no extreme darkening of the tea when left for a longer steep.

Whatever it is, I love it and will probably buy more. But I still don’t think this is a shu or sheng Puerh.

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drank Flower Pu er by Wait Tea House
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This is my last little bundle of this tea. It is tied in a ball like a wonderful Golden Mudan that I had many years ago by Harney and Sons.

I do not really detect the Puerh in this, but I love…really, absolutely love this tea. It is on the lighter side as body goes and even the color is a tad light, but the flavor is so very, very good. It has a sweet, smooth brightness without astringency. I made it western style this time and have steeped two pots so far. I will be checking out the website right away to see if they still have this and how much it costs, because I hate to be without and it seems like a perfect summertime tea.

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drank Black tea-Keemun Finest by Zen Tea
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I have made notes on this before, so just to say again that I freaking love this tea. It is one of my most favorite ever breakfast Keemuns. Rich, rich, rich, and I take it plain. It even tastes good cold with your lunch when you didn’t finish that pot in the morning…

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drank Grumpy Dinosaur by T-We Tea
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My eldest daughter took my youngest daughter to the Yucatan for a little adventure and I stayed home and kept the pup and the hedgehog. Today when I went to leave the animals and get my child back, this box was waiting on the doorstep! No, I didn’t open it! Never would I do such! But when they got home from the airport, eldest made a pot of it. She is a huge fan of mint and mint teas.

I am not a huge fan of mint or mint tea. I don’t hate, it just doesn’t appeal to me strongly, thought cool mint on a hot day can be very refreshing. So this was enjoyable, but not something I desperately have to have myself. I prefer spearmint to peppermint in Moraccan Mint tea, so the emphasis on spearmint in to pleased me, though the is peppermint as well. Alas, I didn’t pick up on vanilla very much. Perhaps if I had let the cup cool a bit I would have tasted it more. All in all a good cup, and if you love mint you can give it a try.


This is the best tea name I have ever read. It’s simultaneously evocative and question-raising. I get this great mental image of a t-rex who just lost his prey or a triceratops awoken mid-nap. But I also wonder: “Are there other dinosaur moods? Did actual dinosaurs have feelings? Personalities?” I would probably be too entranced by the name to remember to drink the tea!


What a cute name for a tea!


They have a tea called Scandalous Man Friend that I want to try just because of the name! And Boobage was pretty funny – I think it has herbs that are good for nursing moms.


Yucatan! Awesome!

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I am a music teacher, tutor, and former homeschool mom (25 years!) who started drinking loose leaf tea about seven years ago! My daughters and I have tea every day, and we are frequently joined by my students or friends for “tea time.” Now my hubby joins us, too. His tastes have evolved from Tetley with milk and sugar to mostly unadorned greens and oolongs.

We have learned so much history, geography, and culture in this journey.

My avatar is a mole in a teacup! Long story…


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