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55
drank Passionflower by Alvita
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Here’s an herbal tea I had in my tea cabinet and decided to break out today. I’d heard good things about the benefits of passionflower, which led me to buy this one. I’ve been experiencing tension in spades, so why not check this one out?

I used one teabag for a large mug. The tea liquor color is a murky yellow. It’s hard to describe the flavor of this. The tea company says smoky, which I’m not really getting. To me it seems vegetal/grassy with a slight bitterness in the finish. I don’t mind the flavor, but I may try it next time with sweetener to see what difference it makes. I don’t love the flavor of it, but that’s ok. Hopefully it helps me relax :)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Cameron B.

I’m sorry that you’ve been stressed, and I hope the tea helped, if only a little bit!

TeaBrat

I think it did!

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50
drank Rosemary Leaf by Alvita
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It has a unique and slightly bitter taste to me. I like rosemary in bread, and thought I might also like it in tea form. I tried adding honey to sweeten it, but didn’t like it any better. I may try pairing it with something later; maybe it would be better with a meal of some type.

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21
drank Pau D' Arco by Alvita
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I am still trying to figure out a way to make this more palatable but it hasn’t been easy. yesterday I was at the herb store and got some plain lemongrass. I tried mixing the two this morning, but it was still too bitter and I ended up needing sweetener. I suppose that might negate the healthy effects of the herb… so I guess my best solution for now is to mix it with licorice root. I have a goal to drink one cup of this a day in addition to Kyolic garlic caps to boost my immune system. It’s vile but I am drinking it anyway!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

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21
drank Pau D' Arco by Alvita
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I bought a box of this when I was sick. I’ve read a lot about Pau D’Arco and how it’s supposed to be used for infections like the cold and flu. It’s from a tree bark and the flavor is pretty earthy with a bitter aftertaste and hurts my stomach. I cannot recommend it for the flavor at all! The woman I spoke with at the herb store yesterday told me the bitter flavor is good and I shouldn’t adulterate it but I couldn’t get it down without sweetener. Today I tried mixing it with some ginger root and that seems okay. Hopefully it is healthy, but after I finish the box I think I’ll try this in capsule form!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
mrmopar

Hope you get feeling better soon!

TeaBrat

Mrmopar – thanks I am better now, just drinking it more as a preventative measure while the cold & flu season is still around.

MissB

Oh yes, this is a difficult brew. Do try the capsules, and feel better soon!

OMGsrsly

This is aka lapacho, isn’t it? Be careful you don’t take too much, it can affect blood clotting.

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95
drank ginger root by Alvita
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I tried the organic version of Alvita’s Ginger Root tea.

The smell is faint but it’s there. Ginger has a slight, spicy, and distinctive smell to it.

The taste is lovely. It’s mild with a slight, bitter, spicy punch to it. However, I have a high spice tolerance. For others, my calling it slight may seem biased.

What’s good about this tea is its purity. Many brands will add copious amounts of sugar to exterminate the bitter, unique spice of ginger. Sugar being added to ginger tea is annoyingly common. I like Alvita’s Ginger Root tea because you can clearly taste the ginger in it. There is no added sugar, or anything else but ginger. If you do dislike it, then a sweetner might help you. There’s a note on the box even suggesting to “add sweetner if desired.” So if you don’t like spicy tea then you might want to have some honey or whatnot ready, but if you do like it, then prepare to enjoy a quality tea.

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100
drank Spearmint Leaf by Alvita
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A delicate tasting but minty tea. It’s caffeine free, too. The ingredients list nothing but “Spearmint leaves.”

It’s extremely pleasant on the sinuses. Breathing in the steam, especially if you’re not feeling well, is soothing. The smell is minty and strong, but it’s got a sweetness to it. It’s not as strong, mint-wise, as the smell of peppermint. However, it’s still palpable despite being softer in fragrance.

The taste is also comparable to peppermint. Again spearmint comes out as weaker and sweeter.

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50
drank Fennel Tea by Alvita
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Take care to store this tea in an airtight container. While this product comes in individual tea bags, it doesn’t come wrapped so make sure to store it completely sealed or otherwise it absorbs smells from the outside way too much. When it comes to fennel tea, I prefer to brew the whole seed instead of crushed ones like this one.

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drank Red Raspberry Leaf by Alvita
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drank Red Raspberry Leaf by Alvita
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drank Red Raspberry Leaf by Alvita
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drank Red Raspberry Leaf by Alvita
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drank Red Raspberry Leaf by Alvita
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drank Red Raspberry Leaf by Alvita
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drank Red Raspberry Leaf by Alvita
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Honestly, I liked the Traditional Medicinals version better. I assumed they’d be the same, but this one somehow seems more like “hot leaf juice” + paper bag :( Especially when brewed as directed (3 min in 6oz water).
Letting it brew longer, adding honey, and letting it cool seems to mellow it out and let it all meld into something drinkable. Next time I’ll go back to the other brand, try Yogi’s, or take my own advice and buy the loose herb in bulk.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Red Raspberry Leaf by Alvita
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drank Red Raspberry Leaf by Alvita
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drank Dandelion Root by Alvita
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100
drank ginger root by Alvita
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This is one of my favorite teas with it’s strong, spicy, rooty, peppery flavor. Lacks any kind of aroma, but this is some good stuff!

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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92
drank Fennel Tea by Alvita
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A review of Fennel Seed Tea by Alvita

Date: 11/07/2012
Company: Alvita
Tea Name: Fennel Seed
Tea Type/ Herbal
Region:
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ tea bag
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: clear broth like
Leaf Characteristics: I like the smell that comes from this tea bag, it is like onions and dill or pickle juice since I have had this tea before. I know what to expect and it is most pleasant.

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 190 Fahrenheit
Time: 3 minutes

Note: I have enjoyed this tea quite a bit and it is not from doing anything differently. I take one tea bag in a cup and add the boiling water to my cup and left to steep for a few minutes. The teas’ color is very light, like a mild broth when it is first brewing. It smells of the fennel seed and I refer to this smell as dill-like or pickle juice or a very mild onion soup but this is pushing it.

Were I incline I could use this when cooking with onion and celery to add a dash of this fennel seed tea to what I am making. No, I have not tried it as such. I have simply made nicely cup of hot tea to sip and sip while thinking of pickled juice.

I am silly and depressed since nothing that I do is noticed. I am always the one on wrong side of things and my side adds to a big zero and this is perhaps due to not holding employment as father-in-law was kind in reminding me. “You are annoying; you want to talk about annoying…etc.” Quotes do not have to do with tea review.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec
gmathis

Know you are valued here! I love your thorough and thoughtful reviews. Be blessed.

Angrboda

What gmathis said. We wouldn’t like to be without you here. hug

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92
drank Fennel Tea by Alvita
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A review of Fennel Tea (caffeine free) by Alvita

Date: 10/13/2012
Company: Alvita
Tea Name: Fennel Seed Tea
Tea Type/Varietal: Herbal
Region:
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ tea bag
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: very light brown
Leaf Characteristics: tea bag smells strongly of fennel and makes me think of anise.

  1. Steepings two bags are best used, I did start with one tea bag and had two good steeps and added a second bag for more tea drinking.

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 200 Fahrenheit
Time: 3 minutes

Note: I place one tea bag in a cup and add the boiled water into my cup over the tea bag and left to steep for a few minutes. Tea’s aroma is very noticeable sweet and the tea’s color is a very light brown.
I find this Fennel tea to be fragrant and warmly soothing. I am having this cup of tea after being out today and it was colder than I expected since my spirit is low. So it is a cup of herbal to ail my frail mental state.

2nd Steeping:
Water temperature: 200 Fahrenheit
Time: 3 minutes

Note: I am using this same tea bag for a second steeping and after this cup I will add another tea bag and continue as with first cup of tea. It is herbal tea meant to soothe and comfort.

This tea taste similarly to Dill and Anise, if not familiar with Fennel tea; since I was not.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
seule771

I did not mean to rate this tea so low, It has many uses in that it can be had with other green teas; I tried it with my organic green tea and it added a lovely kick to it. Drinking this tea is like that Dill pickle water in the jar taste. It is nice but not as salty. So give this Fennel Tea a try…if partial to Dill.

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83
drank Echinecia by Alvita
8 tasting notes

Best flowering/root tea when you’re not feeling your best! It has a slight stringent taste and provides a warm, soothing medicinal benefit.

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83
drank Sage by Alvita
7 tasting notes

Sage leaf is fantastic for clearing up your sinuses. Instead of spending six or seven dollars on this packaged tea, head over to the bulk dried herb section of your grocery store, buy a bag full (will yield twice as much tea) for about two dollars and pack a tea ball full of sage leaves. Steep for about seven minutes and drink once it has cooled down a bit. The taste is pretty strong and mildy bitter if you are sensitive, but you will be thankful later that you don’t have to take speed to relieve sinus pressure. If money is no object, buy this tea, it is already bagged and you won’t have as many floaties.

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100
drank Gotu Kola by Alvita
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I love this tea and I don’t think the aftertaste is bad at all. I’m getting a little worried because nobody seems to be stocking it anymore and Amazon actually has a “currently unavailable” notice …and the seller on Amazon is listed as Alvita, so uh oh… I hope they are not discontinuing this product due to lack of interest. If so, several Yogi teas such as Calming, Gingko Clarity and Energy all have gotu kola in them and seem to have a pretty high content of gotu kola, too, based on the feeling these teas give.

This brings me to the real reason for my tea review. I like the taste of tea, sure, but mostly I drink tea for the immediately noticeable effects on my physiology and mind. Several years ago, I was frequently irritated, angry and often extremely tired. Someone suggested that “I had too much ‘pitta’” and that I should use Gotu Kola to balance my energy. Sounded like new age mumbo jumbo, but I Googled the term “pitta” and I Googled “gotu kola” and decided to give it a shot.

I have problems with mental clarity, emotions and energy levels. Gotu Kola helps with all of that. If I drink gotu kola tea instead of alcohol, I am much closer to normal within a few days (I am talking about when I feel really stressed). I have also noticed food plays a major part in how I feel, but for the most part, I can get myself feeling back to normal within a few days of drinking the right teas.

If you do some research on gotu kola, you will see it’s a very healing plant and as a general nerve tonic, it is excellent. I can’t exactly explain what it does, but I feel it is a much better alternative to something like Prozac, honestly. My mind does a complete 180 from jump-off-a-bridge anxiety to “what’s the big deal?” And I do like the way it tastes.

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