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Quite like this one. I’ve never encountered a tisane that tasted so close to regular black tea. I’m a fan of foods that only have one ingredient, so that’s a plus too.

It does taste a little fruity (shocking), green, and woodsy. I read somewhere that this is what the American colonists drank while protesting the British Tea Tax. They called it “Liberty Tea.” I also found out that raspberries are only native to North America and Asia Minor, so I wound up feeling pretty patriotic while drinking this down.

I’m supposed to drink three cups of this a day to reap the health benefits. I’ve been averaging about two since I bought the box. I think it’s helping maybe slightly? Could just be a placebo effect.

If nothing else, it’s definitely a good stand-in for black tea when I’m craving it at 2:00 PM but really shouldn’t be consuming caffeine.

Flavors: Fruity, Green, Wood

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A very sublime tisane – extremely relaxing. I grow my own spearmint spring-fall outside in my backgarden, but it is nice to have an alternative source for a good cup. I prefer spearmint over other kinds of mint (although I like and grow other kinds of mint too). I have drank this while sick, and also it is one of my top 3 favorite bedtime relaxation tisanes ( the others are chamomile lavender & nighty night valerian – both also from Traditional Medicinals). Once you start steeping it puts out a wonderful aroma that fills a whole room! It is sweet and crisp – and feels nice and cool on the throat. Just wonderful. Organic and fair trade. Steeped for 10 minutes in boiling water. Drank plain.

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This Organic Weightless Cranberry tea is what I always use right after my period or during times of extreme inflammation (or when I’ve had too much IV fluid after a surgery) to eliminate water weight. For use by women and men.

Do not use if pregnant or breastfeeding, have a kidney disease, are under 12, or are dehydrated (as per instructions on box). The description this tea (created by another user) needs to be updated but I cannot do that until my acct is a month old, so here are the updated ingredients until I can edit it : organic fennel fruit, organic red clover, organic uva ursi leaf, organic parsley leaf, organic cleavers herb, organic hibiscus flower, organic roasted chicory root, organic cranberry fruit, organic stevia leaf. As per box instructions I use just boiled water and steep 10-15 mins, drinking 3 cups a day for 2-3 days. If you are trying to lose weight in general this tea is not for you, it is only meant to be used for relief of temporary water weight bloat.

The flavor of this tea is pleasant. The cranberry and hibiscus are the strongest tastes, giving a pleasantly tart fruit flavor. This taste intermingles with the anise flavor from the fennel, and the sweetness of the stevia to create a delicious cuppa that you will want to drink more often that you should haha. But is best to only drink it when you need to as per box instructions, as these herbs are very potent. The tea is ruby red in color and is very pretty to look at. A mainstay in my cupboard.

1 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Extremely relaxing! The chamomile and lavender are equally balanced to create a delicate floral treat. The lemon balm is in the background. I am a big lavender fan and was worried this tea would be too weak since it is bagged -but it is incredible! Traditional Medicinals never seems to let me down!! Trouble dragging ratings on tablet – I steep it 10 mins or more, with just boiled water. I’ m kinda miffed that chamomile is not an option to add to the noticed flavors box.

Flavors: Lavender

8 OZ / 236 ML

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Red raspberry leaves are well- known to have medicinal value during a woman’s menstruation to help ease cramping . I use this tea all throughout my period, and it is a life-saver. Been using this for years. Flavor is similar to black tea.

Boiling 8 min or more 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Pros: The taste here isn’t so cloying as the Throat Coat. It just has a general herbal medicine taste.

Cons: It’s pretty obvious that Throat Coat soothes throats, at least temporarily. I never noticed any effect from this one. Didn’t do anything for my congestion.

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Blech, so sweet. Way too much licorice root in this tea, at least flavor-wise. I don’t know if licorice root has a medicinal value?. Of course no one is drinking this for the taste anyway. It definitely took some of the pain out of my sore throat.

It didn’t fend off my cold, but points for effective symptom relief.


Hope you’ll feel better soon!


Thank you! I am definitely on the mend — I don’t have that dragging feeling of doom that came over me when the cold was in full swing — there’s just a little lingering congestion now, but I am kind of a wimp about colds. Just not used to being sick.

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Flavors: Cinnamon, Skullcap

155 °F / 68 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp

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The taste doesn’t move me much one way or the other, but this does seem to be a great tea for insomnia. I try a lot of “sleep/relaxation” teas, and this is one of the most effective I’ve tried. It was even recommended to me by my acupuncturist, who’s really experienced with all types of herbal remedies. I’ll be buying this regularly as a sleep aid.

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The licorice root is too strong for my liking. It pretty much overwhelmed all the other flavors, although I did steep it quite a while and it tends to get stronger over time.


I found the same thing with this tea. Personally I’d rather drink straight echinacea tea and use throat lozenges as needed.


I agree. I just tried straight Echinacea for the first time and I quite liked it.


At the first sign of a cold I start chugging!


Sounds like a good strategy. I’ve been alternating it with peppermint and Lemon Ginger. It definitely seems to be helpful for me.

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The taste is very strong, bitter, and nutty, and very similar to black coffee. I definitely would not drink this for the taste, but it’s still a great tea to have it around for digestive health.

Flavors: Bitter, Coffee, Dandelion, Nutty

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This is a nice blend of mints, chamomile, and various herbs. I find is soothhing and it tastes very good. I will be drinking this as an every day herbal tea rather than just after meals or when I am sick.

Flavors: Cactus Flowers, Floral, Herbs, Lemongrass, Mint, Peppermint, Root Beer

Boiling 8 min or more 17 OZ / 500 ML

That sounds like an unusual mix of flavors.

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One of my favorite teas. The perfectly tart cranberry blends smoothly with the strong fennel flavor. This is one of those stand-alone teas, with strong flavors, which I appreciate as I don’t use sugar or milk with any of my teas.

I can honestly say that I also feel less bloated after drinking this. I’m sure not everyone will feel the difference, and perhaps it’s a placebo effect, but since I love the flavor so much, I can’t complain! It’s just an added bonus to feel firmer.

Flavors: Cranberry, Fennel, Lemon

185 °F / 85 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Absolutely delicious, I notice chamomile, sweet mint, dried flowery herbs, maybe something lemony or minty like catnip or lemon balm? Very soothing and not medicinal/yucky at all.

Flavors: Floral, Flowers, Herbs, Mint, Pepper, Peppercorn, Sweet

Boiling 8 min or more 24 OZ / 700 ML

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Bought this in winter because it seemed like a good therapeutic tea to keep on hand during cold season. Fortunately, I never needed it for medicinal purposes. As the anise/licorice flavor was so prominent, I used it a bag at a time in combination with other teas, to soften its flavor profile I don’t know which ingredient soothes the throat the most, but that effect still takes place, even blended as one bag of this with five bags of other teas in one pot.

NOW—the part I never even noticed until before I drank the last bag by itself, so I could review it here: The WARNINGS!! Dunno about you, but I am so used to drinking herbal teas and blends that I forget that all the different plants which make up herbal teas HAVE DIFFERENT EFFECTS ON THE HUMAN BODY. Especially now that I’m getting older and taking daily meds, I have to start paying attention and READ THE HERBAL TEA BOX BEFORE I BUY IT, IN CASE I SHOULDN’T BLEND IT WITH MY MEDS.
This is the entire paragraph at the bottom underneath the “Supplement Facts” box:
CONSULT YOUR HEALTHCARE PRACTITIONER prior to use: if you have low potassium levels, if you have rheumatoid arthritis, an auto-immune disorder or a progressive systemic disease such as tuberculosis, leukosis, collagenous, multiple sclerosis, AIDS or HIV infections; if you are taking immunosuppressants, diuretics, corticosteroids, cardiac glycosides such as digoxin, or potassium-depleting agents, or if you are PREGNANT OR BREASTFEEDING.
DO NOT USE this product if you have high blood pressure, heart disease, or impaired kidney or liver function; if you are allergic to plants in the daisy (Asteraceae) family like chamomile or plants in the parsley (Apiaceae) family such as fennel. NOT RECOMMENDED FOR USE WITH CHILDREN UNDER 12 YEARS OF AGE.”

So there you have it—a reminder from me to READ EVERY HERBAL TEA BOX FOR WARNINGS, such as these. Even ones you’ve been drinking for ages—just in case. Fortunately for me, having one bag blended with others over a three month period, the 16 bags didn’t seem to do me any harm, even though I have high blood pressure and should not have been drinking this tea.

Flavors: Anise, Cinnamon, Lemon, Lemongrass, Licorice

195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Gosh this taste like burn dandelion root mix with mud together. Its very earthy but i get this aftertaste i could only describe as yuck! I purchased it for its medicinals quality so lets see if it works. I am going to force myself to finish this cause i bought it, but i think i prefers yogi moon cycle better for the same purpose.

Flavors: Dandelion, Mud, Wet Earth

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I’ve had this tea for a while, but never had to drink it up until now. I caught a little bit of a cold- although it has not progressed beyond a bit of a sore throat since I caught it three days go. My husband has more a cough along with a sore throat, but not so much for me.

In terms of taste, this is a very strong licorice tea. I don’t care for the taste, but it does provide some relief. So weighing taste vs medicinal properties, I’ll rate this one a 65. It’s not one I drink “for fun”, but it helps when I need it.

Flavors: Anise, Licorice

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

That’s pretty much how I feel about all of Traditional Medicinals’ offerings


Makes sense, but I suppose their marketing is “medicine” and not “delicious tea”.

BTW, although I very, very, rarely drink tea with sweetener, this goes well with honey which helps provide even more relief.

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My go-to when I feel a cold coming on.

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This tea smells and tastes amazing! Echinacea is starting to become a favorite!

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