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.