Traditional Medicinals

Recent Tasting Notes

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After a glass of Easy Now, this Organic Chamomile with Lavender (also from the Traditional Medicinals “Relaxation Sampler”) seemed almost savory. I found the lavender less hard-hitting than the last time I tried this blend. I must be craving flowers today, as I’ve imbibed jasmine, chamomile, passionflower, and lavender so far!

I feel that these relaxation teas are all quite fresh and full of therapeutic doses of the various components. Chamomile with Lavender is a nice change of pace from a simple chamomile soliflore infusion.

Flavors: Flowers

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec

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I was surprised to read that Traditional Medicinals recommends infusing two filterbags of Organic Chamomile with Lavender in 8 ounces of water. Wow! That’s a lot of lavender. I say this because I infused only one bag and it was very strongly redolent of lavender, so much so that I could barely detect the chamomile.

This is definitely a high-quality infusion, but I would recommend it to people looking specifically for lavender. The benefits of chamomile are here in nearly the same abundance as in the plain Organic Chamomile: here 1200mg; there 1300mg. So this makes it all the more surprising that two bags should be prescribed. Wait a minute! I see: they are giving the assay for a two-bag serving, which contains 1200mg chamomile and 1800mg of “proprietary blend”, which includes both lavender and lemon balm. This means that a single filterbag packs 3000/2 = 1500mg of goodness, 900mg of which is lavender and lemon balm, so quite a bit less chamomile than the Organic Chamomile filterbag (at 1300mg).

Well, for me, one bag definitely suffices. The liquor is darker golden colored than the straight-up chamomile, and the flavor is all BLUE! Doubling up the dose would just make the taste darker blue, verging on PURPLE! I detected wafts of soapiness, but that may have been my association of lavender with soap and other bath products…

Flavors: Flowers

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 30 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This filterbag organic chamomile from Traditional Medicinals is very good, but does not quite measure up to the stiff competition: Harney & Sons Chamomile sachet.

The color of the Traditional Medicinals liquor is virtually identical to the Harney & Sons. I noticed that the sachet seemed to weigh more than the filter bag after infusion, so perhaps that contributes to the slightly better taste of the Harney & Sons.

Traditional Medicinals does get extra points for being organic, but the steep-off winner is Harney & Sons. This organic chamomile is slightly drier and less succulent, but still quite good for a grocery store offering. I do recommend it heartily for anyone looking for readily available organic chamomile!

Flavors: Flowers

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 45 sec

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I have tried many of the more complex blends from Traditional Medicinals but never the simplest of offerings, Organic Chamomile, so I decided to pick up a sample box of four different nighttime offerings.

This is a very good filterbag chamomile. It brews up bright yellow and tastes fresh and satisfying. There is a lot of chamomile here: an assayed 1300mg, which I believe is more than most. So no wonder it tastes so good. I’ll have to try do a steep-off between this brew and the Harney & Sons sachet. To be fair, I should probably pit a filterbag against a filterbag, but I must say that this filterbag produces a tasty infusion.

Flavors: Flowers

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Neither the best nor worst tasting medicinal herbal tea I’ve tried. Like most, drinking it hot with a generous spoonful of local honey helps.

I’ve woken with swollen glands for the last 4 days in a row, which subside as the day progresses. I actually suspect it may be a reaction to dairy (which I’ve been eating much more of than usual). So, I figured this tea may help (or at least wouldn’t hurt). At least it makes me feel like I am doing something. And I am planning to get serious about cutting out dairy (except maybe goat/sheep’s milk cheeses) starting tomorrow. If that doesn’t stop the cycle of swelling, I guess I’ll go to the doctor :-/

Kat_Maria

Isn’t dairy a bitch? I had to cut it out too because it was giving me horrible acne :/ I still have some cheese occasionally (it is really difficult to avoid it in meals) but I eat very little of it… And, on the whole, I think the reduction has a positive effect on me. Adult human bodies cannot deal with dairy very well.

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