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I am not sure what to say about this tea. There is a licorice-like note but no licorice in it. My guess is the lemongrass and grapefruit peel. I’m trying this though, for the health benefits of the nettle (some specific ones). In past, on individual occasions, I have had nettle (allergy supplement with bromelain? and as a tea) and on both occasions I have itched afterward, even though they say to use nettles to relieve itching generally. I know contact with nettles in the wild can lead to itching though, so it seems a bit strange. My manager at work, who is a strong advocate of nettle tea, said that the itching could be a flushing of toxins coming up to the surface. This could be true, so I opted to get a small amount of this tea to test. I figure 3-4 cups is enough to test with, and if I am still itching after drinking it, then I just ought to avoid it in the future. I’ve already begun itching, not super duper crazy annoying itching, but just fairly annoying itching. I don’t want to go through this on a regular basis in order to get the specific health benefits I’m after…there are alternatives.

I’m not going to rate this because I think it unfair to use my itching from the tea against it, but for flavour, it isn’t my favourite, though I’d be willing to drink it regularly more for health benefits as a tonic, so long as the itching goes away after a few cups.

Indigobloom

funny, I’ve avoided nettle tea because my doc says that since I am allergic to jasmine and bergamot, nettle and lavender may be the same for me being that they are “cousins”!

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Indigobloom

funny, I’ve avoided nettle tea because my doc says that since I am allergic to jasmine and bergamot, nettle and lavender may be the same for me being that they are “cousins”!

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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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