Celestial Seasonings

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I’m telling you, it may be the placebo effect, but I think this really helped my cold! It seemed to lessen the duration and symptoms over a couple of days. Will keep on hand and start drinking at the onset of any sick like feeling. Pleasant to smell and it tastes good just by itself.

Preparation
6 min, 0 sec

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85

If you feel like something sweet, drink this instead! Smells just like a sugar cookie and tastes very good. Very comforting and seems special for some reason. I add milk and sugar to this for a nice treat. Great after dinner tea.

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90

Birthday night. Lots of homemade lasagna and Carvel cake. A bit of a tummy ache called for this tea and it’s a perfect remedy and a great way to end the night!

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90

Yummy for nighttime green tea or anytime you don’t want plain green or caffeine. I like it and have an extra box for back up. I heard someone suggest that brewing this and adding a packet of hot chocolate makes for a mighty fine holiday drink. Haven’t tried it, but might soon!

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95

This is an old favorite that I picked up to see if it was as good as I remembered it. It succeeds in being really flavorful, and I often have two cups each night- kind of an addiction!

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3

Ok, I gave this one more try. This time I made sure to brew for only 3 minutes. However, somehow two bags stuck together without me noticing before I poured the water. Took one sip, thught to myself “Life is too short to drink bad herbal tea” and dumped the lot. Never again!

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec
Jillian

I feel like I should be defending one of my fav CS teas, but I realize that we each have our own tastes and preferences. ;)

Rena Sherwood

My Mom likes this tea, so all is not lost.

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3

Goofed up with my first cup of this on Sunday night. I accidently let it steep for about 20 minutes. The result was something like lukewarm Dimetap or perhaps the purple Triaminic. However, it did ease the mild nausea I had. I haven’t been able to bring myself to try another cup. I think I’ll wait until nausea sets in again.

Preparation
8 min or more
Jillian

Yeah this tea gets pretty nasty if you oversteep it!

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25

I really cannot bring myself to drink this. My friend gave me an entire box of this tea a while ago. The blend smells delicious both wet and dry, and the murky orangey cup it creates smells like liquid gingerbread. But the taste just isn’t there! This doesn’t really taste like gingerbread; just a muddle of spices without any real direction. Surprisingly enough, even when I steep this for a long time, it still has a watery taste. Not a favorite at all.

Do NOT add sugar to this. It makes it taste ridiculously awful. I couldn’t even down most of my cup today as a result.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
takgoti

This is exactly, EXACTLY what my experience with Adagio’s Pumpkin Spice was like. It’s always a downer when the taste doesn’t live up to the smell. That’s what eventually made me stop eating scented candles.

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81

Love almonds. This is delicious.

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100

Backlogging from the weekend! See previous notes!

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100

Yesterday and today I’ve had a weird annoyance in the back of my throat…triggering a gag reflex. VERY strange. I can’t properly explain it actually. It’s scary because DH has been dealing with a sinus issue since April and it’s sort of what he has described…HOPE that isn’t it.

This tea has always helped my throat for soothing or for clearing – I hope this helps this unexplained issue as well.

The reason I have always rated this one so high is because of that reason and I like the minty taste but also because it’s a bagged tea I go back to time and time again for various reasons. This is the highest rated bagged tea I have ever rated.

Scott B

This is my highest rated tea ever!

In the past I have had this sensation in the back of my throat-it felt like there was some food there that I couldn’t swallow. Turns out it was an acid reflux irritation in the esophagus. The way the nerve carried the sensation just made it feel like it was in the back of my throat. Don’t know if that’s anything similar to what you are feeling? It didn’t make me gag, though.

TeaEqualsBliss

Yes! That is very similar. I’ve never had Acid Reflux problems…don’t even know what it would feel like or how to handle, actually. How long did it last?

TeaEqualsBliss

Also…knowing you are vegan…I’m vegetarian…what did you do for it?

Scott B

That’s the tricky thing about reflux-it can manifest itself in many ways that are not recognizable as reflux.

Well, I went to a gastroenterologist, because I’ve had reflux off and on for awhile. She gave me a liquid medicine called Carafate which is kind of a pain-you can’t really eat or drink for an hour or two before and one hour after taking it.

However, if you’ve not had reflux before, maybe just some over-the-counter ranitidine (Zantac) might help. There’s a couple generics that don’t have the gelatin coating. Another thing you could try is some Fruit and Sour Jolly Ranchers-or anything with malic acid in it (such as sucking on a slice of lemon).

Another thing that may or may not help is an over the counter probiotic. I use Nature’s Bounty probiotic with acidophllus. It’s good to take a probiotic, anyway. Simethicone (Gax-x) may also provide some relief. I take a probiotic and simethicone every day and now I never need carafate and almost never use ranitidine.

If nothing helps-or if you just feel nervous about your symptoms and can’t wait, you should obviously consult your doctor.

Lynxiebrat

My Dad has been taking Prilosec for a couple of years for his acid reflux, so you could try that. At the moment I just take heartburn over the counter stuff because it’s cheaper and I don’t have it often. My doctor Ok’ayed that. I think I’ll also try the Sour Jolly Ranchers….been years since I’ve had those.

TeaEqualsBliss

Thank you both :)

Scott B

You’re welcome :) I forgot to address how long it lasts. It’s variable. If it’s not too bad, it may resolve on its own in a day or two. The other options-Ranitidine, simethicone, malic acid may start to provide relief the same day. Malic acid would probably work the fastest, but not necessarily provide relief for all that long. It works by forcing your body to produce extra saliva, which helps neutralize acid. The probiotic would take longer to have an effect-and I don’t know how effective it would be if used alone.

Good luck

tigress_al

This is one of the best bagged teas out there. It can stand up to a really long steep, and caffeine free, so you can drink it anytime.
As for what seems like acid reflux, try a bit of Zantac and see if it works or not, but definitely talk to your doctor if you are concerned or it doesn’t go away.

Fjellrev

I’ve heard so many good things about this tea on another forum. Hope it’ll come back for the holidays again.

Batrachoid

Eating lots of okra can help. It’s loaded with mucilage. It helps my cousins with acid reflux a lot when they want to eat iffy foods).

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100

Forgot to log yesterday…hummm…yummmmmmm

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100

Having a cuppa ’dis purely for the MINTY-NESS…ahhhh!

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100

Another box down…had some Saturday night! STILL LOVE IT! Thank the tea gods that I bought 4 boxes a few weeks ago!

wombatgirl

I grabbed the last three at a local target last month myself. :)

Jason

We have a ton of these left over from the holidays. Maybe I should pick up a box after seeing this post. :)

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100

2 things…
ONE…I found 4 boxes of this today and bought all 4 in a flash!!! If anyone wants me to mail them a sample or two…respond with your email addy and I will drop you an email for arrangements.
TWO…I found a nifty Tea Bag Holder Template online this morning and have been making tea bag holders for my cheaper bagged teas for tea swaps! YAY!

Okay…so…I’ve reviewed this tea many times and it’s still a winner. It’s like Tea Crack! (just kidding)

rabbysmom

What does the tea bag holder look like? post a pic if you can :)

TeaEqualsBliss

Well, I am just doing plain ones now…but I hope to alter them in the near future…let me see if I can find the URL with the print out template…

rabbysmom

Those are cute! Thanks for the link

Brendon Batchelder

I’m not one for candycane’s or even peppermint but this is quite convincing

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100

OH YES I DID! :P
And loved it! Again!
I hope I can find more of this this week – if not I only have 2 more bags left…ek

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100

Backlogging…I’m drinking this way too fast…might not even make it to Christmas…sigh…

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100

Back logging from last night…

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100

Need to head to bed early tonight…craft show tomorrow! 9-3…Oye! Weather is supposed to be bad, too…ugggg…still thinking positive thoughts tho…so…switched to this and gald I did…but I have to buy some more and FAST…should stock up this year, eh!?

Cofftea

DRIVE SAFE!:)

Kitch3ntools

i want to try this now :) i may need to run to the store in the morning and pick up a box :)

Bethany

Every store I’ve gone to that carries the holiday teas has only had one box remaining of Candy Cane Lane, so I now have two boxes, but that doesn’t seem like nearly enough..

gmathis

Hope your show went well. What kinds of crafty things do you do?

TeaEqualsBliss

@gmathis…we don’t make but we resell candles. We are also Wildtree Reps now. Plus some handmade cards and wreaths, etc…for crafts. By WE I mean my mother and I.

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100

sipping while making Christmas Cards and Envelops and watching Will & Grace Re-runs…

rabbysmom

Sounds fun!

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