I love this tea and I don’t think the aftertaste is bad at all. I’m getting a little worried because nobody seems to be stocking it anymore and Amazon actually has a “currently unavailable” notice …and the seller on Amazon is listed as Alvita, so uh oh… I hope they are not discontinuing this product due to lack of interest. If so, several Yogi teas such as Calming, Gingko Clarity and Energy all have gotu kola in them and seem to have a pretty high content of gotu kola, too, based on the feeling these teas give.
This brings me to the real reason for my tea review. I like the taste of tea, sure, but mostly I drink tea for the immediately noticeable effects on my physiology and mind. Several years ago, I was frequently irritated, angry and often extremely tired. Someone suggested that “I had too much ‘pitta’” and that I should use Gotu Kola to balance my energy. Sounded like new age mumbo jumbo, but I Googled the term “pitta” and I Googled “gotu kola” and decided to give it a shot.
I have problems with mental clarity, emotions and energy levels. Gotu Kola helps with all of that. If I drink gotu kola tea instead of alcohol, I am much closer to normal within a few days (I am talking about when I feel really stressed). I have also noticed food plays a major part in how I feel, but for the most part, I can get myself feeling back to normal within a few days of drinking the right teas.
If you do some research on gotu kola, you will see it’s a very healing plant and as a general nerve tonic, it is excellent. I can’t exactly explain what it does, but I feel it is a much better alternative to something like Prozac, honestly. My mind does a complete 180 from jump-off-a-bridge anxiety to “what’s the big deal?” And I do like the way it tastes.