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drank Lapacho Orange by The Tea Haus
673 tasting notes

Thanks again to Indigobloom for this sample!

I Googled this Lapacho when I read that this is an Andes inner bark herbal tea with medicinal properties. Hum. I wish I could ask my Aunt Lois if she ever used this herb. She lived in the jungles for many years and is a nurse in Ecuador and Peru. I’m sure that in the 1940’s-1990’s there were many things that she learned that are now forgotten in her Washington nursing home at age 92. She’s the one who told me to drink Mate de Coca (coca leaf tea) for my heart when I went to 15,000 ft. altitude in the Andes years ago. Anyway, Google said there are no known health benefits to date from Lapacho but there have been some ill effects to pregnant animals so pregnant women should be careful drinking the tea. This does not concern me at my age but others be advised.

All that being said…phew…I simmered this herbal blend on the stove for 15 minutes and poured myself a nice orange scented mug full. The flavor was sweet orange and had another very strong warm taste that I could not put my finger on. Almost a baked vanilla cookie while still warm from the oven taste. The tea has a fresh flavor and unique and is creamy. No bitterness or tannin.

There are those who are looking for the edge of the forest…looking to the fields and bushes, for the ancient herbs and cups of many cultures. This is one of those little gems.

Kittenna

Thanks for the info about lapacho and pregnancy! Not that it currently is an issue for me, but it’s something to keep in mind, since I have this tea from Indigobloom as well, and also Amaretto from DavidsTea, both of which contain it.

Bonnie

Look it up…judge for yourself. I was reading the pro’s and con’s and until I would know for sure…I’d keep reading if I was wanting to have a baby. Also I read that not all the ingredients disolve in water. What does that mean?

Kittenna

Oh yes – would certainly look it up if I thought it would be a concern, but would be more likely to just avoid it entirely just in case. I just like having little tidbits of info like that, kind of a heads-up sort of thing to investigate on my own.

And, I have no idea about the ingredients not dissolving in water. Sleepy brain can’t even start figuring that out right now.

Bonnie

You are the plant doc! Get some rest!

Indigobloom

The research I did said this is reputed to help with cancer… but there have been no tests done to prove it. I read the part about pregnancy as well, which I was a little perturbed to learn about! But I figure… a cup or two can’t hurt right?
I was looking around, and it seems that wikipedia give a similar warning about pretty much every beverage out there lol (coffee, alcohol, mate, tea…)
Bah!
I’m interested to know how you like this simmered vs the regular “tea” way, since I’ve only ever made it the lazy way haha

Bonnie

I think it was easy and tasted good simmering a long time like you can do with a rooibos. I got a scratchy throat from it though like a reaction and had to rinse my mouth and drink water.Never had this happen before! Could be simmering concentrated too much!
In all a learning experience!

Indigobloom

oh, scratchy throat… that’s not good! I get that with green tea sometimes, or white.

Bonnie

What I found out is that the base is part of the bean family as is Rooibos and I am allergic to BEANS but had no idea this was bean! Arf! No more Rooibos for Bonnie! No wonder I feel like a truck ran over me and a dessert is in my throat and my lips are burning.

Indigobloom

oh no, that’s terrible!! no more rooibos/lapacho for you :(
Atleast you know now!

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Kittenna

Thanks for the info about lapacho and pregnancy! Not that it currently is an issue for me, but it’s something to keep in mind, since I have this tea from Indigobloom as well, and also Amaretto from DavidsTea, both of which contain it.

Bonnie

Look it up…judge for yourself. I was reading the pro’s and con’s and until I would know for sure…I’d keep reading if I was wanting to have a baby. Also I read that not all the ingredients disolve in water. What does that mean?

Kittenna

Oh yes – would certainly look it up if I thought it would be a concern, but would be more likely to just avoid it entirely just in case. I just like having little tidbits of info like that, kind of a heads-up sort of thing to investigate on my own.

And, I have no idea about the ingredients not dissolving in water. Sleepy brain can’t even start figuring that out right now.

Bonnie

You are the plant doc! Get some rest!

Indigobloom

The research I did said this is reputed to help with cancer… but there have been no tests done to prove it. I read the part about pregnancy as well, which I was a little perturbed to learn about! But I figure… a cup or two can’t hurt right?
I was looking around, and it seems that wikipedia give a similar warning about pretty much every beverage out there lol (coffee, alcohol, mate, tea…)
Bah!
I’m interested to know how you like this simmered vs the regular “tea” way, since I’ve only ever made it the lazy way haha

Bonnie

I think it was easy and tasted good simmering a long time like you can do with a rooibos. I got a scratchy throat from it though like a reaction and had to rinse my mouth and drink water.Never had this happen before! Could be simmering concentrated too much!
In all a learning experience!

Indigobloom

oh, scratchy throat… that’s not good! I get that with green tea sometimes, or white.

Bonnie

What I found out is that the base is part of the bean family as is Rooibos and I am allergic to BEANS but had no idea this was bean! Arf! No more Rooibos for Bonnie! No wonder I feel like a truck ran over me and a dessert is in my throat and my lips are burning.

Indigobloom

oh no, that’s terrible!! no more rooibos/lapacho for you :(
Atleast you know now!

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