Popular Teas from Traditional MedicinalsSee All 50 Teas
Recent Tasting Notes
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.
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…
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!
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.
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 :-/