Organic Chamomile from Byron Bay Tea Company

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Herbal

Where to Buy:  Byron Bay Tea Company

Product Description:

This classic herbal infusion features the subtle, sweet taste and calming properties of Chamomile flowers. Perfect any time of the day.

Taster’s Review:

Honestly, I don’t get real excited over chamomile tea.  In fact, I usually cringe when I receive some.  It isn’t that I dislike chamomile; it’s just that it isn’t my favorite herb to brew.

So needless to say, chamomile is not something that I drink very often.  But sometimes, I really need to relax and unwind, and no other tea or tisane that I’ve tried promotes a sense of calm better than chamomile.

And, the flavor of this chamomile is quite pleasant!  Byron Bay Tea Company does not specify from where they obtain their chamomile, but the blossoms are whole, large, and not at all dusty.  The chamomile smells fresh!  It has a light, clean smell to it that is a little floral and a little fruity.

The flavor is delicate and sweet, with hints of an apple-like taste.  Although it is a flower, chamomile doesn’t really come across as floral in flavor to me, although I do note some pollen-like notes here.  Not a dusty kind of pollen, but more like a sweet, honey-like pollen.

This gentle tisane is just perfect for those times when I need to relax.  It’s an excellent chamomile!

Lemongrass Tea from Supple Skin Boutique

Tea Type: Herbal

Where To Buy: Supple Skin Boutique

Product Description:

Common name: Citronella

Used for calming effect that relieves insomnia or stress. Also considered as a mild insect repellant.

Used as diuretic for detox as well as antibacterial and antifungal.

Used on dogs to reduce barking and as an aid to retraining

No established contraindications.

This information is for educational purposes only and has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.

This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Tasters Review:

Did you know that LEMONGRASS can help dogs bark less?  I guess I never knew that!

Another thing I must point out is that my other Lemongrass herbal teas don’t really look like this.  This one looks like a pale-tannish-yellow color and has lemongrass but also what looks like root and powder in the mix!

It really didn’t have an aroma prior to infusing but afterwards…it was pleasant but not over the top!   It infuses to a VERY clear and clean pale almost completely clear color liquid-wise.  It’s a very gentle lemongrass and a gentle herb type taste.

This isn’t too bad!  I think it would make a nice base for blending!   It does leave a refreshing aftertaste, too!  I give this one a thumbs-up from Supple Skin Boutique!

 

Pitta-Dosha from The Tao of Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Herbal

Where to Buy:  The Tao of Tea

Product Description:

Introduction: In Ayurvedic principles, Pitta is the fire element. It is the energy needed for metabolism and heat in the body. Pitta regulates digestion, absorption and promotes balance in vitality and appetite. It is the alert, logical and intelligent aspect of the self.

A Pitta imbalance can have some of the following indicators: generally feel warm, low tolerance to hot weather, prone to inflammatory conditions such as acne, rashes or heartburn, an overly competitive, aggressive or perfectionist nature. When Pitta is in balance digestion and metabolism are strong. You feel alert, focused and at a comfortable body temperature.

Our Ayurvedic Pitta herbal tea can help restore balance to your Pitta energy with cooling flowers and mint.

Taster’s Review:

This tea worried me a little bit.  When I first opened the tin, I could see the hibiscus, and I am not particularly fond of hibiscus.  When I brewed the tisane, I could see the deep, ruby red color of the hibiscus.  I was very worried.

But, I took a sip anyway.  And you know what?  This is actually pretty good!  The hibiscus adds the color and body, but not so much of its signature tartness.  That is not to say I can’t taste the hibiscus, because I can, but what I’m not experiencing is that puckery tartness from the hibiscus.  And that is a good thing!

This is a very interesting combination of flavors.  In each sip, I taste hibiscus, mint, rose and a hint of chamomile.   The flavors are there, and it is as though they have all come together to create some hybrid flavor.  It is also quite soothing and comforting to sip.

This tisane leaves me feeling somewhat perplexed.  I am enjoying what I’m tasting, but, it is a very unusual cup.  I don’t think I’ve tasted anything quite like it before, but at the same time, it is so very oddly familiar.  It’s like deja vu or something!

A tasty yet unusual tisane!

Eater’s Digest Tea from Karma Blends

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Herbal

Where to Buy:  Karma Blends

Product Description:

Caffeine Free
Contains Natural and Organic Ingredients
Daily Use Recommended

» When can I drink it/What is it for?

– Anytime or For Digestion, Flatulence, Bloating, Indigestion, Constipation, Overeating, Losing weight, A flatter abdomen,  After meals daily, Early morning as a cleanser

» What does the tea taste like?

– Eaters digest is a mild, soothing tea with chamomile and fennel as the prominent flavors.

» How do the ingredients work in my system?

– The tea is a safe and thoughtful blend of carminative (herbs that expel stomach gas and relieve bloating) and digestive herbs.

Anise is very widely used as a stomachic and for relief of flatulence and colic.

• Carom Seeds aid in digestion.

• Cardamom is a tonic for the digestive system.

• Chamomile is known to soothe digestion and relax the gastro intestinal tract.

• Dill Seeds work well for the treatment of gas and nausea, especially from sudden changes in diet.

• False Pepper is a stomachic and is used for flatulence, indigestion and bloating.

• Fennel aids digestion, fights abdominal cramps and improves bad breath.

Taster’s Review:

When I first received this tea, I was a little worried that it would end up tasting very medicinal.  But it is actually quite tasty!

Yes, it does taste herb-y with a gently spiced flavor, it doesn’t come across as really medicinal to me.  It has a pleasant flavor.  The chamomile is a delicate, and the star anise (and to a lesser extent, the fennel) offers it an agreeable licorice-y kind of taste that lingers in the aftertaste.  I’m enjoying this.

This is an herbal tea that keeps its promise!  I am not going to say that it’s my favorite tisane, because it isn’t.  But, what I will say is that I would much rather drink this tisane than take some over-the-counter remedy to relieve my discomfort after eating a meal that maybe I shouldn’t have indulged in (we all do that, don’t we?)  It does what it is supposed to do, and that makes it alright in my book!

Douglas Fir Tip Tea from Juniper Ridge

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Herbal Tisane

Where to Buy:  Juniper Ridge

Product Description:

When my first herbal-medicine teacher had us try Douglas Fir tea on a class camping trip, I thought it would taste, well, like a tree. I was pleasantly surprised, however, by its refreshing, lemony flavor and sweet, forest-like aroma. This tea is made from 100% Douglas Fir spring tips from the coastal mountains of Northern California and the Pacific Northwest. Nothing else has been added to it, so you can experience the pure, wild taste and foresty aroma of this distinctly Northwestern wild herb delicacy.

Taster’s Review:

This is definitely one of the more unusual teas that I’ve encountered in a long time.  It is so unusual – at least to me! – that I was quite unsure if I really wanted to try it.  I am glad that my hesitancy finally gave way though, because, I am really enjoying this tisane.

This tea smells like outside.  I mean… seriously, it smells like my back yard!  I live in the Pacific Northwest and the Douglas Fir Tips that were harvested to make this tea were harvested in this area (as well as Northern California).  I’m surrounded by Douglas Fir trees!

But it doesn’t taste the way I expected it to taste.  Not that I really knew what I expected it to taste like.  I guess I expected it to taste like wood.  Like smoke, maybe?  Or perhaps even a little damp (it sometimes gets a little damp up here)  But it doesn’t taste woody, or smoky or even damp.

The overall taste is light.  It has a sweet lemony taste to it as well as a background of a mint-like flavor.  But… it isn’t quite mint, if that makes sense.  It is as though someone attempted to duplicate the taste of peppermint and wintergreen and didn’t quite make it, but got real close.  It tastes winter-y and fresh.

What this really tastes like to me is the way the air feels when my husband and I visit the Columbia Gorge.  We get out, walk among the trees and enjoy the crisp, clean air.  And that is what this tastes like.  Crisp, clean and fresh.  Slightly sweet and invigorating – like a walk through the woods!

I like this tisane, and it is one I am very glad I had the opportunity to taste.  I like it so much, in fact, that it is one that I could see myself keeping in stock – it has such a refreshingly different flavor!

Cozy Chamomile from Bigelow

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Herbal

Where to Buy:  Bigelow

Product Description:

As soothing as a field of daisies, Cozy Chamomile® Herbal Tea is a wonderful way to unwind and relax any time of day.

Ingredients:  chamomile flowers

Taster’s Review:

I’ve never made any secret of my apprehension when it comes to chamomile.  This hesitancy stems from the fact that I’ve encountered several chamomile teas that were nothing but pollen-like dust and, when brewed, the flavor is quite … gross.

Since those horrible encounters with chamomile, I have come to realize that not ALL chamomile tea tastes like that.  There are many chamomile teas are quite tasty, in fact, although I will admit that my preference for chamomile is still when it is blended with other ingredients and I am still rather hesitant when it comes to chamomile-only tisanes.  So, it should come as no surprise that it took months for me to finally muster up the courage to try this Cozy Chamomile from Bigelow.  I was certain… just CERTAIN that what I would be tasting would be a dusty, pollen-esque cup of chamomile.  Boy, was I wrong!

This is really quite delicious.  The chamomile in the tea bag is finely chopped (not whole flowers), BUT the tisane does not brew up to a murky consistency (indicative of the dusty chamomile I mentioned earlier), and, even more importantly, it doesn’t taste like the dusty chamomile that horrified me some years ago.

The flavor is light and apple-sweet.  It has such a tranquil taste to it – gentle and soothing.  It’s kind of like a lullaby!  I find I prefer the tisane with a little drizzle of honey or agave nectar to bring out the apple tones to the chamomile.

I have often spoken out against tea bags, but, Bigelow is a company that never ceases to impress me!  Yes, IMPRESS me!  I find myself expecting very little from them because it is a bagged tea, but, every time I’ve tasted one of their teas, I’ve not only had my expectations surpassed, but I end up becoming quite fond of the tea that I’ve tasted from them.  This tisane is no exception to that.

This is really good.

Cacao Nibs from Supple Skin Boutique

Tea Type: Herbal

Where To Buy: Supple Skin Boutique

Product Description:

Cacao Nibs organic and fair trade (1oz)

Large cut pieces are ideal for herbal tea. Steep 1 tsp in cup of hot water 2-5 minutes.

Add to your favorite tea or herb for a unique flavor. Couples well with teas, peppermint, lemongrass and spearmint. Preferred alternative to sugary children’s drinks. Add to spearmint and stevia for kids.
Cacao beans and nibs contain a number of components that have been proven beneficial in research. Many of these constituents are destroyed or lessened by processing (i.e. milk chocolate is not as healthy as dark chocolate which is not as healthy as unprocessed cacao). For this reason health practitioners recommend that anyone interested in eating cacao for its health benefits use raw, unprocessed cacao beans and nibs rather than processed chocolate.

Warnings: Anyone with a sensitivity to chocolate should avoid eating cacao beans or nibs. The active polyphenols and other substances in cacao can trigger migraines and cause other allergic reactions in sensitive people.

This information is for educational purposes only and has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.

This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Tasters Review:

When I got these Cacao Nibs from Supple Skin Boutique I was a little puzzled.  I have never drank them straight-up or stand alone before.  I have been eye balling them tho because the aroma is heavenly!  They smell like pure dark(er) chocolate!  Marvelous!

I decided to try them stand alone at first just to see what they did taste like by themselves!

I was amazed at how light these infused…it’s a paler-light yellow color with a bit of texture to it.   I went with the 4-5 minute infusion method that it suggested.  After infusing it still smelled like chocolate – not nearly as intense as prior to steeping but still noticeably-so.  There was a cookie-like hint of a smell underneath, too, and I like that!

If one was going to experiment and do their own blends this would be perfect to add in the mix!  It’s so pure!  It’s  Raw!  And in simple, organic form!

As for the taste…it’s more subtle than I thought it would be based on the aroma when I first opened the bag!  It was a little brothy…which was a surprise…but it did taste delicious!  There was a hint of sweetness trying to hide but there is a wonderful darker-cocoa taste that also seems to have a slight woodsiness to it, too, as well as creamy!

I’m eager to try other ingredients with this such as different kinds of tea or herbs – I think it would just be fun to experiment with!

This is a high quality product that is available for a nice price!  I can think of several things to do with this beauties!

 

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