Traditional Medicinals

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70

Winter time tea to help out with the frickin’ chill of MSU’s campus. It helps out, but again, no panacea.

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60

I have way too much of this. I got it for cold care treatment. Helps, but no panacea. Otherwise medicinal and herbal. The other reviews are accurate for this tea.

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74

I got this tea at Whole Foods today, definitely an impulse buy. I was there getting lunch and I thought this would be nice as an after lunch tea. Ginger is my favorite after mealtime tea because it helps with my digestion, plus I really like the flavor! The green tea is a darjeeling.

I found one teabag was not really enough to flavor my entire glass thermos so my tea was a bit on the weak side. I got a vegetal, slightly nutty green tea with a mild amount of ginger. Altogether not unpleasant. I will try again soon with two teabags to boost the flavor. I should stop buying teabags but they’re just so much more convenient for the office.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Ubacat

There are times when I just want a simple teabag too.

TeaBrat

@Ubabcat – we just have a sink at work with no garbage disposal. I worry about tea leaves getting in the sink. I need to get some of those tea-sacs.

Kirkoneill1988

be sure to share with coworkers

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35

I picked this up at GNC the other day when I was there buying something else. I’m generally not a big believer in “detox” teas but I do find that dandelion root helps me a bit when I’m feeling bloated or like I’ve had too much to eat.

This is sort of an interesting combo, it has licorice and star anise in it along with chicory, schisandra and a lycium fruit. The box describes this as bitter and earthy and I would have to agree. It reminds me of a lemony licorice spice. I am not finding the flavor of this to be very enjoyable. It tastes more like medicine to me, but that’s the point I guess. It’s difficult to say whether it’s doing anything for my health but I guess it can’t hurt!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Kirkoneill1988

i think the linked one has more lemon taste

TeaBrat

I’ve had that one too. I actually liked it beetter than this one

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11

This is my second herbal “health” tea today. As it’s steeping, it smells strongly of anise and mint. The scent is anise but it tastes like straight licorice. I actually gave an involuntary shudder on my first sip. I enjoy licorice candy on occasion, but I have not been a fan of it so far in my tea. This reminds me somewhat of Throat Coat but this one is more tolerable. I’m still fighting a headache and neck aches this morning so maybe all of these healing herbs will help.

Flavors: Anise, Licorice, Mint

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML

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40

This has a strange color to it. It’s a dark red with a tinge of green around the edges. It reminds me of a potato that’s seen a little too much sun. It’s that sort of green. The aroma is strange too. There is a mintiness but also a bit of something else that I just can’t place. I’m sure this has licorice too because I think I’ve noticed that specific scent as well. There could be anise too. The taste is bitterness and mint. It’s odd.

I wasn’t feeling well yesterday so I packed a few of these wellness teas in my bag today in an attempt to fight off anything that might be making me feel ill. This isn’t something I would drink for pleasure, not at all, but maybe it will help with the lingering sickness.

Flavors: Anise, Bitter, Licorice, Mint

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Everyone has a health fear, I think. I worry about my heart health. Thus, I am choking down this hibiscus potion.

It’s not actually that bad. It smells more hibiscus-y than it tastes. I think the hawthorn is giving it an herbaceous, earthy quality to it. It tastes like health.

Fjellrev

I had no idea it was even known for supporting heart health!

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75

I was wary about trying this tea because ginger and I do not play well together. Truth be told, I don’t care much for it. I went out for lunch with a friend yesterday and the selection of teas were limited. I saw the box sitting there for this one so I went for it. I really like green tea and was hoping that the ginger in it was going to be muted. To my pleasant surprise, the ginger was indeed very subtle and I was really happy about it. This made for a nice, smooth, calming, relaxing cup of tea as I chatted over an also very enjoyable vegetarian lunch.

Flavors: Ginger, Green

Kristal

I’m starting to really like Traditional Medicinals. They are pretty cheap and none of the ones I’ve had have any artificial flavourings + they are good to keep around when you are getting sick (like me right now…). I have a cold and flu sampler pack I got off of amazon that have 4 herbal teas and I recommend keeping those in stock if that’s your thing :)

teapartyfortwo

I couldn’t agree more with you Kristal! It’s very reasonably priced, readily available (I’ve bought it at the grocery store) and the quality of the flavour is decent. A winner in my book!

Kristal

Oh yes :). It just amazes me how their herbals teas have NO other flavourings. I know I mentioned artificial in the previous comment but even trying to find a bagged herbal tea without “natural” flavourings (whatever that means) is nearly impossible- but Traditional Medicinals you don’t get that :).

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I reaaaaallly don’t like the flavour of this tea. It’s gross. However, that is NOT the point of drinking it. I’m currently drinking it steeped as directed for 15 minutes with 2 spoonfuls of honey and 2 tea bags in my large special order cat mug (I had it done with a black cat with yellow eyes on it. Currently all 3 of my pure black cats look like that so I can’t choose which one it is.)(I have another one with a white cat with blue eyes that is Sinatra. My other white cat Groucho (RIP) had one blue eye and one yellow one.)

SO yes. Disgusting. Have to say though, it does feel good on the throat. It’s stil a bit tickly but I’m not done with the mug yet and I can feel the ‘good slimy’ covering my throat in the back. Just needs to be a bit of a thicker layer and a bit more soothing. I have a stupid tickle in my throat that I think I picked up either from the cold air while walking or from gas fumes. Or possibly from the smokers outside that I had to walk past this morning. Cigarette smoke always makes me cough but usually I’m not still coughing 5 hours later.

I’m not even sick, so I can taste all of this and it is like being punched in the face by a giant animated liquorice stick. But like I said, that’s not the point.

Flavors: Licorice

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
OMGsrsly

Oof, you’re strong, managing to drink something that licoricey on purpose!

Starfevre

I will not lie, it was extremely unpleasant, but the throat tickle was worse. I was really tired of coughing.

OMGsrsly

I’ve been sucking on “warm apple pie” cough drops with pectin. They are… well, they mostly work. (I don’t do mint, so my options are limited!)

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70

Double-bagged this one and added some honey.

Too much honey, as it turns out. It ended up making the lavender taste VERY bitter and herb-y, and then the rest of the cup was like drinking lukewarm, ubersweet syrup.

What a crappy week this has been. I can’t even get a simple bagged chamomile to taste right so that I can sleep because stress is keeping me awake, lol.

Sooooooo happy that I have the next few days off.

Anlina

I’m sorry to hear about your crappy week. I hope your time off is recharging.

teaqueen

Thank you :)

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70

The lavender was the appealing part for me. The lemon balm was a lovely surprise!

It tastes sweet and floral, like you’d expect. Helped me sleep after a very tiring few days off. Would probably be divine with honey.

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90

Once again, I’m not sick, but just sampling the teas out of my “Cold Season Sampler” from Traditional Medicinals.

The main flavour in this tea is anise/licorice root followed by cinnamon. I don’t like eating actual licorice but I do like it in tea. I can definitely see how it would be soothing on a sore throat, like Bravissimo from DAVID’s tea or “Don’t worry, be happy” from Steeped tea. The one difference between this tea and those loose leaf teas is that this doesn’t have chamomile. I like chamomile, but this would be better to sip during the day so I wouldn’t fall asleep!

Overall this tea is really nice. It rivals Bravissimo and Don’t Worry be happy and I would even dare to say that it is better due to the fact that the licorice/anise is stronger and will therefore help a sore throat more. This may be the first time I say a bagged tea is better than loose leaf!

Flavors: Anise, Cinnamon, Licorice

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 14 OZ / 400 ML
Lisa Elizabeth

Better than Bravissimo? Strong words, my friend!

Kristal

It’s been a while since I’ve had it, so take my words with a grain of salt! Bravissimo is more complex in its flavour but I’m pretty sure this tea is more soothing on a sore throat than Bravissimo, which is what I’m rating it by.

Lisa Elizabeth

Alright, I will concede that point.

Kirkoneill1988

i don’t like licorice tasting teas

Kristal

update: I’ve been sick and this tea REALLY works at soothing a sore throat. Def recommend!

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80

This is a nice light tea (or maybe it’s just light because I used 1 tea bag for about 500ml?). The first taste is peppermint, followed by a floral flavour and a hint of cinnamon. I like all the flavours, and I know it’ll be beneficial when I’m sick :)

Flavors: Cinnamon, Floral, Mint

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 17 OZ / 500 ML

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75

Since trying Echinacea Plus at work before I decided to by a “Cold Season Sampler” off of amazon from Traditional Medicinals. I’m not sick, but I tend to like teas that are beneficial to you when sick (plus it is always good to keep some of those teas around!).

This tea tastes primarily of licorice root with a slightly spicy and medicinal aftertaste. I like how the licorice root balances everything out without being overpowering. I can see this being quite soothing when sick so I’ll probably lay off drinking anymore of this until I really need it.

Flavors: Licorice, Medicinal, Spicy

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Lisa Elizabeth

I love licorice teas which is funny because I hate actual licorice! I think it’s that wonderful aftertaste that’s so soothing.

Kristal

That’s EXACTLY me. I think that there is a big difference between licorice root/anise seed and black licorice though. Bleh.

Lisa Elizabeth

Everything’s better in tea!

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75

A straightforward, soothing spearmint tea. I really like spearmint flavour and actually prefer it over peppermint flavour. It just seems sweeter and brighter somehow. I like drinking any mint tea really. I find it makes me feel very calm and relaxed.

Flavors: Spearmint

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69

The taste is not great but also not horrible. Soothes your throat for about as long as a Halls cough drop. I used to have a few bags in my desk at work in case I needed them.

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75

I forgot to pack some tea to go to work so I rummaged the cupboard at the library and saw that this was one of the few non-caffeine teas they have. I like herbal medicinal teas so I thought I would give ‘er a go. The main taste is the echinacea with mint (I personally don’t detect a citrus flavour that the packaging mentions). I find that the echinacea slightly dries out my mouth (the packaging says it’s a “tingling feeling” but I don’t find that). Overall it’s pretty good. I wouldn’t mind looking into this brand more because it seems like they don’t use any extra flavourings which is really unusual for herbals (and even more unusual for bagged tea herbals!) and they focus more on ingredients with health benefits.

Flavors: Medicinal, Mint

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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10

This smells just like licorice candy. I had read that the primary flavor was licorice so I was prepared, but I was hoping it would be something more like anise. Aside from the licorice, there is also spice here that I can’t quite figure out. I was thinking maybe ginger but I don’t see that on the ingredient list.

This smells different while its steeping, more like the anise I was hoping for, and a bit sweet. Wow, this has some serious licorice flavor. It kind of hits you at the back of the throat with this cloying artificial sweetness. I certainly wouldn’t drink this for the flavor so hopefully it does its job and makes my sore throat feel better this morning.

Flavors: Anise, Artificial, Ginger, Licorice, Spices, Sweet

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Well, it does feel good on my throat. And it’s sweet and a bit cinnamony. Mega licorice, which is sort of the point but would probably be a dealbreaker for some people.

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Breaking out the medicinal teas to try to help fight this cold. This one tastes… herbal. The lemongrass and spearmint are there, but mild. I probably wouldn’t drink this just for the taste, but it’s ok.

Shae

Hope you feel better soon!

Lindsay

Thanks. :)

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58

I was feeling a bit woozy this afternoon so I decided on my way home from work that I would have either a cup of this tea or an Airborne tablet as soon as I got home. Tea wins. My sweet husband offered to make me a cup and I was glad to let him do it. He isn’t feeling his best either so hopefully we aren’t coming down with something. So today I’m drinking this not for the taste, but for the herbs that will hopefully pull me back from the brink of whatever sickness I’ve caught from work. The taste is still decent, much like a plain chamomile tea, so I’m enjoying it.

Preparation
Boiling 8 OZ / 236 ML
Veronica

Hope you feel better soon!

Shae

Thank you!

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58

This cup isn’t as good as I remember it being a few weeks ago. I may have just steeped it too long. I can still taste the mint, maybe something like chamomile too. It feels a little flat. But of course with teas like this it’s really not about the taste. Several people at work have been sick lately so I’m trying to be proactive and boost my immune system a bit before I catch something. It’s a little bitter as it cools so I’m sure the fact that I steeped it too long has something to do with it.

Flavors: Bitter, Mint

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML

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