Traditional Medicinals

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Finishing up the Seasonal Sampler box that was bought for me while I ride out this cold.

Not reviewing this tea for medicinal purposes since I’m not well versed in the (un)substantiated claims of herbal medicine.

The steam is mostly mellow spearmint and lemongrass, a little musty and earthy floral going on. On the sip I notice the spearmint then that lemongrass takes over and leaves a light aftertaste and a feeling that reminds me of nettle tea. The musty, earthy floral is very slight. I’m not a fan of dried lemongrass but in this tea, maybe it’s fresher because it tastes more like lemon balm or lemon myrtle, leafier rather than grassier if that makes sense. It’s a pretty neutral herbal tea. I can see this being enjoyed by others.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I rode my bike around town today and everything was fine until I got to the credit union to open a new account. I’m at the tail end of some kind of cold and just when I stepped into banker’s office, a coughing fit hit hard and I had to excuse myself from opening a new account today. Now my voice is all froggy again, so I’m having a cup of this because it does actually seem to placate and coat my angry throat.

Yeah, it smells and tastes a lot like licorice but I kind of like it — the sweetness is tolerable.
And there’s fennel. Strong enough to balance those cool aromas and flavors is a good hit of floral cinnamon. There’s also a kind of nutty aftertaste. Is that from the marshmallow root or slippery elm? I’ve not had either before.

This was a good night cap to sip on right after I took a shot of whiskey and laid down last night.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Dry bag smells more of licorice-fennel followed by eucalyptus-mint. The steam is lightly minty and medicinal. First sip is of course syrupy sweet, earthy licorice which is mixed with eucalyptus, then the fennel opens up, followed by a light coating of menthol that floats up. There’s also some tartness at the back of the mouth a while after the sip.

Compared to Yogi’s Breathe Deep, this isn’t nearly as sickeningly licorice sweet and the licorice doesn’t glue itself into weird pockets of flavor around my mouth. It’s more of a smooth coating unlike the Breathe Deep which left a dry eucalyptus-herbal strip the length of my tongue. I do appreciate the stronger eucalyptus-thyme presence in Breathe Deep. Taste-wise, though, this Breathe Easy is preferred.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I know this herbal tea isn’t going to cure what ails me, but I’m drinking this at the behest of my housemate.

And it’s good.

And comforting.

Because it’s mostly clove and peppermint and a little cinnamon-tasting. Surprisingly smooth despite the dominant clove aroma and taste. Numbs my throat just enough. The peppermint is refreshing and not stewy, I’d say moderate intensity. Enough to open my aggravated sinuses and to taste but not a kick in the lungs or on the tongues. It’s also just slightly tart. Very easy to drink.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML
gmathis

Peppermint tea is a pretty good RX for anything that ails you.

derk

A good Peppermint is my favorite herbal tea. Calms my mind, soothes an upset stomach and as a cold brew, is immensely refreshing on warm days. As somebody with asthma and allergies, I appreciate the effect it has on my respiratory system.

gmathis

Yep, I grab it for headache, stomach ache, sniffles, heartache, and sometimes just because my pinky toes are tired ;)

Appalachian Tea

I’m a big fan of this one myself. Helps with chest/head colds. I have found that the flavor is too strong for me when I’m not sick, though.

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Mama don’t feel good.

My housemate brought me a few bags of her Ginger Aid in a mug. It’s pretty soothing this morning. Moderately warming/cooling and helping me breathe. It’s only a hint sweet from the stevia and blackberry leaves and smells sweeter than it tastes. Not picking up on the lemon myrtle.

Sigh. Guess I’ll be drinking herbals for a day or two.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 16 OZ / 473 ML
LuckyMe

Ginger anything is always soothing when I’m feeling under the weather. Get feeling better!

derk

Thankee

Leafhopper

Ugh! Feel better soon. :)

Todd

I hope it helps!

Mastress Alita

Ginger often helps me, too. Get better, derk!

Nattie

Get better soon!

derk

Gettin’ there.

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Sample from VariaTEA – this one isn’t too bad. I like the ginger/tumeric combination but there IS a weird after taste that is a little medicinal. that being said, i do love a good ginger tea.

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Nettle Resumé:

*10 years of experience receiving stinging lashes by 6ft tall Urtica dioica plants.
*4 hours of nursing the pain inflicted by wading through patches of stinging nettles.
*Collection of 2 plants for mounting.
*1 evening with a teabag.

Despite all that time romping around in stinging nettles’ damp environs, I never bothered to harvest them for food because why would I want to mess with something that hurt me. Somebody did the hard work for me here, yay.

The dry bag smells like, haha, flake fish food. Nutritious! Steeped, there is still a whiff of that but it is joined by a sweetness and wet green hay, russet potato, earth and grains. In the mouth it is smooth and a little oily, with tastes of citric tartness, minerals and wet green hay. It possesses more of a vegetal and grassy taste than an herbal, leafy one. My mouth is left a little slick and my tongue feels plump and tingly on the sides. The tartness persists long after finishing the mug. Interesting. I find this a nice evening drink. It feels healthy.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Organic Nighty Night is a smooth bedtime blend. It has a forward but gentle and cooling mint and catnip taste. Underneath that, it is slightly earthy-leaf, floral-chamomile and herbal-citrus. Breathing in the minty steam, I also get something faintly sweet and almost like vanilla – I’m guessing the linden flowers. How pleasant.

This was very easy to drink even with leaving the bag in the mug as I sipped.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 10 OZ / 295 ML

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It works, heh. What more can you ask for besides it not killing you?

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 10 OZ / 295 ML
Mastress Alita

Makes you shit, doesn’t taste like shit?

derk

Nailed it.

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I did not drink this for the supposed health benefits. I admit I didn’t pay much attention to the smell and taste since I drank this as I was lying in bed in the dark. It was medicinal tasting but not terrible. The main notes I can recall are earthy chicory and dandelion root overridden by a tart lemony-berry high note and a finish of licorice root, sweet but not sickeningly so. Some texture was present and appreciated.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 10 OZ / 295 ML

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This tea isn’t for the faint of heart when it comes to lavender. The contents smell very fresh with the lavender dominating.

I’ve prepared this a multitude of ways.

Following the recommended parameters of 2 bags to a mug, boiling water, steeped for 10-15 minutes, It’s weirdly thick and stewy. I don’t like cooked flowers. Even with 1 bag and brewed for a shorter amount of time (between 2 and 5 minutes), I couldn’t really enjoy it. I did find it tastier when brewed in glass over ceramic for whatever reason.

By far the best preparation has been cold-brewed with 2 bags to a liter of water overnight in the fridge. The taste is just right, cool, clean and light with neither flavor dominating. There is also a little bit of bitterness and sweetness which makes the brew less one-dimensional than when hot. I’m not sure I can taste the lemon balm besides as part of a lightly citric aftertaste that is partnered with some sweetness and lavender. I could see myself sipping this while sitting on a porch on a sticky summer night with the crickets and tree frogs chirping away.

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The Tea Formerly Known as Eater’s Digest.

I like it. Mostly peppermint tasting with none of that stewed leaf/straw flavor. I’m getting a backing of woody cinnamon that’s perfectly balanced with the mint. It’s not like those shitty hard candies that are mix of mint and cinnamon. Got a little bit of licorice sweetness and a hint of ginger. Idk, I’ve kind of always enjoyed a mug of Eater’s Digest after a big Greek dinner with the fam but it’s not something I’d keep at home for whatever reason.

Traditional Medicinals’ HQ is in Sebastopol, pretty close to my current location. Cool town. Guayakí yerba mate is also headquartered there. And there’s a neat witchcraft shop tucked away somewhere.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 10 OZ / 295 ML

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90

I had been reflecting on the concept of Ichigo Ichie and trying to relate it to my tea drinking practices, so when I was becoming overwhelmed with studying I decided to take a moment for a cup. I selected peppermint because I knew it would help alleviate tension in my body and help refresh me to continue with my studies.

I boiled the water and let it cool while I selected my mug: a handmade and glazed purple and blue clay cup. I poured the water over the packet and let it steep for a couple minutes before indulging. The flavor is very strong, but not overwhelming, from the first sip. The main not was a refreshing and almost sweet peppermint. It was lovely how the flavor lingered without becoming overpowering with each sip.

Flavors: Herbs, Peppermint, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Sipdown (645)!

Thanks for the share VariaTEA!

Turmeric is kind of weird ingredient for me – I seem to really enjoy it in very mild amounts, but if it’s even a little heavy handed it’s too much for me. I don’t handle spice very well. Ginger is also not a favourite of mine. So, I was already worried before evening opening up the teabag and then when I actually did I was smacked with so much ginger and turmeric that I sneezed three times.

However, now that I’m actually sipping on the tea? Yeah, it’s not so bad. I mean it isn’t really GOOD either – but I don’t feel like I’m being assaulted by either the ginger or the turmeric. In fact, I think this is rather floral tasting with more of a warming ginger/turmeric “hint” in the finish. It’s a little surprising, actually.

Glad to have finished off another tea, though.

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This tasted like medicine. A bit of a savory bitterness combined with a slight ginger burn that is being overshadowed by sweet. Not as bad as I expected but definitely not something I would reach for again. I wonder what in my SipsBy profile said this would be something I’d like?

Check out my full review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2018/07/18/organic-turmeric-with-meadowsweet-ginger-from-traditional-medicinals/

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I’m not far enough into my cup to assess whether this tea will have the desired effect, but I like the taste. I find it to be very smooth and mild—it goes down easy. I just left my teabag in my cup since it calls for a 10-15 minute steep. I’m about at that point and it still tastes nice to me. And maybe it is actually making me sleepy already, because I find that I’m out of thoughts on this one! I might try again tomorrow night earlier in the evening to see if it has a similar effect or if I’m just getting tired because it’s late. :)

Flavors: Mint, Smooth

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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96

It doesn’t taste like much, other than a mild grassy flavor and even milder mint. I drink it every night though because it really does relax me.

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84

An acquired taste with a lot of health benefits much like the dandelion itself. It’s more of a fix it to your taste kind of thing. The liquor is a beautifully golden brown color. It smells like a dandelion flower vegetal fragrant floral bitter. It tastes nutty with a very slight grassy taste. It has a back taste of coffee almost. I didn’t brew it for 10-15 minutes like it said I think that would make it to bitter.

Flavors: Coffee, Dandelion, Earth, Nutty, Plant Stems, Plants

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5

Oh man. I realize that there are teas that taste bad but are worth drinking for their health benefits but… no. Just no. I don’t care how bad I need “hormonal balance” for migraines or what other women’s health shenanigans this raspberry leaf will probably help me with, this stuff tastes Nasty. Yes, with a capital N.

Now, to be fair, I can actually swallow it, which is more than I can say for another women’s tea blend I had in the past that had alfalfa in it, which was so bad that I gagged on it and had to promptly throw it in the garbage. There is a slight sweetness to this, and even some very subtle berry-like notes, but the dominant flavor is this really unpleasant grassy taste. Not a nice, vegetative, green tea sort of grassiness, but like I’ve actually just steeped a cup of lawn clippings. Blech.

I could certainly finish this cup if I felt inclined, and if I really did want to get the benefits of raspberry leaf for women’s health, there are certainly worse options out there (PTSD flashbacks to that alfalfa tea…) But I have this lovely blend, Raspberry Limeade by Nil Organic Tea, that uses whole loose raspberry leaf where it is mixed with lime extract, raspberry flavor, and hibiscus, among other things, and they’ve masked most of that unpleasant leafy taste and turned it into a refreshing summer punch flavor. Now that is the sort of way I’d rather take my raspberry leaf! Give me the whole “spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down” approach.

…Does it count as a sipdown if I toss the box of this I was gifted into the trash? (shifty eyes)

Flavors: Berry, Cut grass, Hay, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Lexie Aleah

I felt the same about this one. It reminded me too much of Milk Thistle tea bleh. I usually actually like a lot of medicinal teas but this one was undrinkable for me.

Mastress Alita

Oh man, there is a tea out there as bad as this one?! I am definitely putting Milk Thistle on my “avoid at all costs” list then…

I think for me I can handle unsavory-yet-healthful herbals as long as they are blended with other things to make them more palatable. I was one of those kids that would gag on liquid medicine and took pills and capsules at an age that doctors thought was impossible because it was the only way I could get the stuff down, because the taste of syrupy medicines was just too terrible for me. As long as the herbs are mixed together to taste somewhat pleasant I’m okay, but plain like this I think it harkens me back to those days.

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Preparation: 8 Oz boiling water one tea bag steeped for 15 minutes.
A cup of one of my faves. Yum! Just bought some more of this today and had to make a cup immediately of it. Very rich as always. No additions.

Flavors: Creamy, Mineral, Spinach

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This is one of my favorite teas that I could drink all day. It’s very soothing so it’s a great relaxation or bedtime tea. It’s known to help with joint pain and period cramps. Though in order for it to be effective in healing an ailment it’s recommended to drink 3+ cups a day which could get quite expensive if your buying tea bags. This is definitely something you could grow and make your own tea out of if you wanted to. I first tried this tea at my herbal instructors home, she recommended it for me to help with my iron levels and sent me home with a handout of all the uses.

Brewing: I always brew this tea the same, using boiling water and steeping for 10+ minutes.

Actual Tasting Notes:
Very Rich, sweet medicinal flavor. The base of the tea tastes of sweet hay, with notes of spinach, and minerals which just adds to the complex richness of this tea. To many those flavors might not sound appealing but this tea is definitely worth a try.
It pairs nicely with milk and requires no sweetening. I actually think sweetening this tea would ruin it and make it very cloying.
I think this tea especially appeals to those who really enjoy chamomile tea.

Flavors: Creamy, Hay, Mineral, Spinach

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML

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