I thought I would try this herbal blend with my last order. S&V has quite a few Yoga blends which is a fun name, because I would never do yoga, especially publicly (I shudder to think at how this appeals to anyone — but to each their own!) I don’t think this is the Yoga that S&V means anyway. The nine Yoga blends focus on certain Chakras. ‘Shanti’ means ‘peace’. In my mind, “peace” means this blend should be calming and peaceful and reduce anxiety. It seems I need it now more than ever, especially for anxiety, especially for these times. A large mix of ingredients here (copied from the description): Birch Bark, Rosehips, Organic Cinnamon Bark, Orange Peel, Organic Cacao Nibs, Eleuthero Root, Damiana Leaf, Pau d’arco, Organic Spearmint Leaf, Cloves, Sarsaparilla, Organic Ginger & Organic Peppermint. It seems like a bunch of earthy ingredients, but the flavor is fairly pleasant. Mostly I’m tasting the sarsaparilla, with hints of mint, cloves and cinnamon. A fifteen minute second steep results in a depth flavor similar to the first steep, surprisingly none stronger. It seems like a thoughtful mix of ingredients. Did the tea bring me peace? I’m not sure if anything can. I try. Maybe if I mix all nine of the Chakra blends together and drink them at the same time? I’ll drink this blend anyway — maybe it helps some. Wishing everyone health and happiness.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for full mug // 17 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 15 minute steep