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Well. Hmmm. Where to begin….

I went to my second community acupuncture session today. It had been a month or so since the first one, due to illness and travel, and such, so it was kind of like my first time again. I saw a different person, though actually the person I’d wanted to see initially. It was a good session, I think. The big thing I have is tension, like, all over. She pegged me for a nervous, worrying over-thinker by just looking at my tongue, feeling my pulse, and lifting my legs. I basically hold in all my stress and tension and so my muscles are uber tight and sore.

Anyhow, as I was leaving, I got to thinking about the ayurvedic teas. Thinking about balance and relaxation and all that. Thinking therapeutic teas. So with that in mind, I walked in the cold, spitting rain just wanting to turn into snow to my nearest DAVIDs just a few blocks away from the community acupuncture clinic.

Now, I admit I was/am a bit leery of the ayurvedic teas, as I really strongly dislike fennel, anise, and anything that tastes remotely like licorice. And, well, ayurvedic teas are loaded with them. Fired Up Fennel was a disaster. I tried to drink it all, but I couldn’t. Too much. Against all my senses and warnings, I still tried that one. I was talked into it by the SA in the store that night. But ever since thn, I’ve been curious about Turmeric Snap. And New Delhi Delight, even though they still have those dislike-able ingredients in them.

Anyhow, back to today. I told the girl in the shop that I was interested in the ayurvedic teas, and why, but also my dislike of things licorice-like. So she pointed me to Sweet Ginger Heat, but in the back of my mind, I’m thinking sunny yellow turmeric. So since I was curious about them both, but knowing that the turmeric stains, I opted to get Turmeric Snap as my to go cup, and a little of the Sweet Ginger Heat (and later Jungle Ju Ju) to try at home…about 20g of each.

The tea smells good, and tastes alright, but I can taste the licorice in it, and while it isn’t a punch in the face like Fired Up Fennel, it was still noticeably there, and not all that pleasant. Also, I’m thinking I just don’t like lemongrass either, though I’m not sure why.

Now, despite this, I did have a warm relaxing feeling as I was walking afterward. I’m not sure if it was the tea or something else. As a medicinal tea, I could bear to drink this on occasion, but regularly? I don’t think so. Especially as there are potentially others, and the others won’t stain my mugs.

I’m not sure I should rate this, as I didn’t rate Fired Up Fennel, due simply to the fact that I dislike the ingredients. But I have, so maybe I’ll go back and add a similar rating. I just feel bad rating a tea when I know it has stuff in it I don’t generally like.

TeaBrat

well you probably shouldn’t try to drink teas that have ingredients in them you know you dislike… just sayin" ;-)

Amariel

Well, yes…I know…but I was told that the licorice in this wasn’t predominant. But then I was told that the girl didn’t like fennel and she liked Fired Up Fennel. And I like the smell of lemongrass. It wasn’t til this cup that I thought that maybe I don’t like it after all. But the real reason I tried this was for therapeutic reasons. Sometimes you just don’t like the taste of medicine, but love what it does for you. I’m hoping to find something to balance me out some. But, I gotta like it to some degree to drink it. It’s a bit of wishful drinking, I guess.

TeaBrat

just teasing a bit, well I actually love fennel so maybe I should try this! How strong is the turmeric though? That part worries me more…

ScottTeaMan

Isn’t Turmeric supposed to relieve inflamation? Supposedly it is good for you.

Amariel

The turmeric doesn’t really have much taste, and I think it really only adds the yellow colour (it’s a principle component in yellow curries) to the brew. And yes, it is supposed to be good for inflamation, which is one of the reasons I had tried the tea, and hoped it might be ok. I will say that this tea, for me, is far better than Sweet Ginger Heat, which has a licorice punch right away. I literally dumped the brew after a sip. Sigh…I don’t think any of the ayurvedic teas are gonna do me at all, despite my desire to drink them for their purported benefits.

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TeaBrat

well you probably shouldn’t try to drink teas that have ingredients in them you know you dislike… just sayin" ;-)

Amariel

Well, yes…I know…but I was told that the licorice in this wasn’t predominant. But then I was told that the girl didn’t like fennel and she liked Fired Up Fennel. And I like the smell of lemongrass. It wasn’t til this cup that I thought that maybe I don’t like it after all. But the real reason I tried this was for therapeutic reasons. Sometimes you just don’t like the taste of medicine, but love what it does for you. I’m hoping to find something to balance me out some. But, I gotta like it to some degree to drink it. It’s a bit of wishful drinking, I guess.

TeaBrat

just teasing a bit, well I actually love fennel so maybe I should try this! How strong is the turmeric though? That part worries me more…

ScottTeaMan

Isn’t Turmeric supposed to relieve inflamation? Supposedly it is good for you.

Amariel

The turmeric doesn’t really have much taste, and I think it really only adds the yellow colour (it’s a principle component in yellow curries) to the brew. And yes, it is supposed to be good for inflamation, which is one of the reasons I had tried the tea, and hoped it might be ok. I will say that this tea, for me, is far better than Sweet Ginger Heat, which has a licorice punch right away. I literally dumped the brew after a sip. Sigh…I don’t think any of the ayurvedic teas are gonna do me at all, despite my desire to drink them for their purported benefits.

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I generally like a lot of tea. I do find I have a preference for flavored over unflavoured, but I do love a good straight tea as well.

Likes are too hard, since there are a lot. Dislikes are easier, so here they are.

Hibiscus. Blech. I can tolerate a little, depending on the brew, like Berry Good from Davids and Ruby Pie from Butiki…but in general, it’s too tart and too strong for me.

Licorice. Anything that remotely resembles licorice is out too, so that includes fennel and anise. Yuck, yuck, yuck.

Florals. I’m cool with petals in the tea to make them look pretty, and I’m cool with teas like oolongs having a floral note, but strong florals can give me migraines. Rose and jasmine are the biggest offenders. This is one where it can vary on the blend, as I can handle Teavivre’s Peach Jasmine Dragon Pearl tea because there is very little jasmine actually detectable in it.

Rooibos is hit or miss. I can do some, but not others. I handle green better than red, and honeybush better than rooibos.

Um, I have an extensive wishlist. It is both a list of things I want to get again, and things I want to try. If you are sending me something, and you want to know which is which, I’ll tell you via PM.

My ratings don’t have a particular scale or method, and may on occasion contradict themselves, but I’m honestly not fussed about that. Sometimes I don’t even rate at all.

Uh, guess that’s it.

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