Traditional Medicinals

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Well. This is a weird one. xD
Got a couple tea bags of this from The Cookie Lady. Didn’t seem like something I’d like, but I figured I might as well try it! I get surprised so often in the tea world, I figure that everything deserves a chance!
So when I opened the package of this, it didn’t really smell like tea. In fact, it smelled like BBQ chips. None of my teas have even been near foods, nor have I eaten anything BBQ flavored. So that was confusing, but also made me more excited. xD
The steeping on this was like 10-15 minutes long also, which was really weird. And I kept forgetting (thanks to vicodin) and having mini-heart attacks that I was wayyy oversteeping the tea. But apparently these kinds of things steep for a long time I guess?
As for flavor, it didn’t taste like BBQ chips, which kinda disappointed me, to be honest. It would have been soo weird if it had tasted like that, but almost good-haha! The actual drink tasted more like dirt and peanuts. xD
It’s not horrible. But not anything I’d drink again.
It was exciting to try it though. It’s been a good day for trying all sorts of different teas! Glad I could try this one, even though it wasn’t the best.
Thanks, The Cookie Lady! :D

Flavors: Dirt, Flowers, Nuts

The Cookie Lady

hahahaha Okay so…to be honest, I thought this tea tasted exactly like dirt, too. But, my co-worker thought it was good. Then, I heard somewhere that it is better as a cold tea mixed with anything berry-flavored. I have this cherry rosehip tea that makes this pretty good. Dandelion root is good for cleansing your liver, so I drink it every now and then when I’ve eaten too much crap in a short period of time (i.e. a weekend trip to the county fair!). I think it’s the roasted part that makes it smell like BBQ. I’m glad you were brave enough to try it, at least!!

Ost

Hahah wow. Well glad I wasn’t the only one that thought it was weird. Your co-worker got some funky taste buds going on though!

Cwyn

Ditto on the cold brew, it is a root so the bag should be boiled for a few minutes, cooled and strained. I’d drink maybe 4 oz cold followed by tall glass of water or mix with carrot or beet juice to complete the cleanse. Can’t say I do much cleansing anymore though, with all the meds I take.

Mandy

I’ve used in a cleanse before too. Cold brewed with a splash of cranberry juice and lemon juice, I think it was like one bag to 16 oz or something

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90

This is officially one of my favorite teas. Just as another reviewer mentioned leaving the tea bag in the cup while sipping, I also leave it in until the last drop. It never gets bitter, just stronger. It’s slightly sweet and tart with a hint licorice (fennel, to be exact) and, to me, smells like a bouquet of flowers as you sip. I love it. <3 Ingredients: A blend of fennel, parsley, red clover, uva ursi, cleavers and chicory, as well as cranberry and hibiscus

Flavors: Cranberry, Fennel Seed, Floral, Fruity, Hibiscus

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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65

This tea isn’t very tasty. It takes some getting use to. However, drinking this is ESSENTIAL to preventing and healing sore throats and laryngitis. I recommend this to anyone having those issues.

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Oh, how I have been spoiled all summer long with my tea garden! Bursting with herbs of every variety, multiple times a day I am out there clipping this-and-that for fresh teas (and drying some herbs for later).

Given the stressful nature of my summer – adopting FOUR KIDS at once ! – I have been relying heavily on teas that provide a calming/soothing/nerve-unjangling component. And now that we are in that part of the late summer when everything in my garden is looking sun parched and withered, I am back to my dried teas.

I prefer loose leaf, but as of late I have found myself reaching for bags, for convenience sake. I picked up Traditional Medicinals Lemon Balm at my local market, because I ran out of my loose leaf and needed something to help me chill out.

Notes:
The smell from the bag has that nice lemon-balm scent, with a touch of astringency, which should be there as lemon balm itself is a bit astringent (makes a good face toner!).

I steeped for 8 minutes, covered. A bit disappointed by the weakness of the taste – not that the tea itself is weak, but it doesn’t have that fresh full flavor that some of my other lemon balm loose leafs have. I feel like I would have to push this at least to 10 minutes of steeping to get the more medicinal effects of it, but then that astringency would overtake the delicateness of the lemon balm. I think I will end up doing an infusion with the bags – a few hours in hot water – and then adding some hibiscus and chilling the whole thing for a cold tea.

Anyway, all that to say, not my most favorite tea. I usually have decent luck with traditional medicinals, but I wouldn’t buy this again. However, it does make me feel mildly relaxed, so it is effective.

Preparation
8 min or more

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90

I had been suffering for the past 5 days with a stomach ache, so I thought I’d get herbal and try this one. I have tried ginger as an addition to a tea, but never the main flavor. This was intense! It is very sweet and herbaceous. I always buy those little ginger sweets at the Asian markets, and that is exactly what this reminded me of. It probably will not be for everyone due to the simple fact that it is intense, but I really enjoy it. It also is very good with lemon.

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79

Pretty good mellow out tea for late nights. Drinking this while playing zen bound 2. Goes great together.

Flavors: Earth, Floral

Preparation
5 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 9 OZ / 266 ML

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195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more 12 OZ / 354 ML

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195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more 12 OZ / 354 ML

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195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more 12 OZ / 354 ML

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200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 12 OZ / 354 ML

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200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 12 OZ / 354 ML

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200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 12 OZ / 354 ML

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200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 12 OZ / 354 ML

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200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 12 OZ / 354 ML

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200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I really enjoy this tea. For a medicinal tea, this one is quite easy to drink and really does offer relief with water retention. It tastes a bit like a bullion broth to me, with a savory note to it.

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Airplane Tea
Not gonna lie; if I wasn’t nursing I wouldn’t be drinking this. Probably would have never looked at it either. It’s a weird mix of things but I think it helps. The spearmint seems to stand out the most w/ a hint of lemon verbena.

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Not the best tasting tea. I was hoping the lemon myrtle would dominate but it doesn’t. I think it’s the burdock coming through. Hope it helps with my allergies.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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90

This tea is a godsend during pregnancy. I usually drink this with a dash of ginger, and sometimes a pinch of Xylitol. It’s a very mild tea, somewhat minty, herbaceous, and with just a touch of underlying citrusy tartness. That description makes it sound much like the Lemon Verbena I recently reviewed, but here those flavors blend soothingly rather than clash. It’s not a tea I would choose purely for its taste, but since I could drink it when I had morning sickness bad enough that plain water turned my stomach, I give it a high score for fulfilling it’s intended purpose

Flavors: Citrus, Herbaceous, Mint

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90

I have big news….I’m pregnant!!!!!!!!

Finally after six months of trying, we’re expecting a baby! I know lots of people struggle for longer than that, but those six months felt like a lifetime. We’re so excited!!

I apologize for my hiatus. I’ve been super paranoid about drinking tea. I’ve avoided caffeine 100% for the first 9 weeks and have only recently felt okay about having it in very limited quantities. But even besides the caffeine, tea is very difficult to drink while pregnant. There are very few kinds I can safely consume. Green tea is out because it can inhibit folic acid absorption. I can’t have a shocking number of the most common herbal ingredients, including hibiscus/rose hips, chamomile, lemongrass, licorice root, and chicory root. I don’t like honeybush or red rooibos, which are by far the safest teas. So what does that leave me with? Not much, my friends. I’m exploring some green rooibos blends (and I’ll take any recommendations!), but so far I’ve only drank 52teas’ Ginger Ale White Tea with some extra ground ginger thrown in. I haven’t had the worst first trimester, but it hasn’t been entirely without incident. The fatigue is ridiculous but manageable with daily naps. I’ve got the unpredictable all-day-long nausea accompanied by infrequent vomiting. Yuck. Ginger tea is the only thing that can calm my nausea when it’s being particularly bad.

This tea is exactly what I need right now. Pure organic ginger with nothing else added. It’s actually not as overpowering as I expected. It’s delicious and only a tad bit spicy. I’m not usually a fan of spicy things, but the spice here is at a very tolerable level. I can definitely recommend this tea, even to non-pregnant ladies. :)

Flavors: Ginger, Spicy

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
TeaBrat

exciting news! congratulations!

yyz

Congrats! Best wishes for a healthy pregnancy and the safe delivery of your child!

Courtney

Congrats!

Sil

OMG!!!! so happy for you! Congrats! WOOHOO! YAY!

scribbles

Wonderful news! Congrats!

Mikumofu

Congratulations!!

Ninavampi

Congratulations!!!! :)

Angrboda

Congratulations. :)

Oh and also! Hello Ninavampi! Good to see your here again. :)

CHAroma

Thank you everyone!

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I think this is my first note for anything that doesn’t have Camellia sinensis in it. I usually don’t go for herbal or medicinal teas, but I was audacious (or groggy) enough to try this while I was sick. The official description on the box literally says “slimy in a good way”. That wasn’t terribly reassuring, but it was accurate, and basically how a demulcent is supposed to work. It’s soothing and doesn’t taste icky, though I can’t say I was really in a state to make a good assessment of the taste. Sweet and…unfamiliar? Woodsy? Anyway, it was pretty not bad and worked fairly well, so I’m happy with that.

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Part of the traditional medicinals sampler. This one was ok. I didn’t notice any change in my cold symptoms (although yes I know echinacea doesn’t work that fast, but I have had several colds in the last 3 weeks so I don’t think it worked) I was no super impressed by this sampler, will probably keep looking, if I don’t find something better I may come back to this or I may just take the pills.

carol who

My favorite cold/allergy tea is Gypsy Cold Care by Traditional Medicinals. Get Wellness No. 11 by Republic of Tea seems to help prevent a little in preventing the cold. But ya know, sometimes it’s all in my head! :-)

RandomlyFascinated

:) I will have to try that :). I figure if the tea is not awesome then I can just drink another tea that is more awesome and take echinacea pills :)

carol who

You are right! I would probably go with the vitamins/herbs/pill thing, too. I drank it because it was easily available and it was generally soothing to me. Now I would add some of my favored Stevia drops; that makes everything better :-p

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Got the traditional medicinal cold sampler box. I drank this a couple days ago. It is pretty good, it has that sneaky sweetness from licorice root. I tried it brewed with a couple different teas to see what I like. I liked it brewed with tazo vanilla rooibos, it was very good. Just FYI not so good premed with tazo passion, drinkable but the flavors do not meld at all. Anyways this is a decent tea, but I didn’t notice any specific throat benefits from it so I prolly won’t buy again, I think I’ll try some different brands.

carol who

I’ve used this in the past. Apparently I have been pretty healthy lately because I haven’t had to use it for awhile. I guess all those years teaching and being surrounded by little kids may have given me a bit of immunity. :-D

RandomlyFascinated

I thought I got immunity from teaching but my immune system tanked a few years ago. I have been working on building it up but it is a slow process.

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