Headache Begone! A Tea Mistress Herbal Blend. . . .

I love herbal blends and drink them all day longer regardless of what time it is.  Chamomile has never had that sleepy affect on me and I’ve yet to find an evening blend that relaxes me because of what is in the cuppa, not just the act of drinking tea.  (Drinking tea is therapeutic to me overall.)

Enter Headache Begone! A Tea Mistress Herbal Blend.  Brewed with water at boiling and allowed to steep for about 7 minutes, this tea may not have cleared up the headache I had, but did something else. This tea literally relaxed me from head to toe.  One serving of this tea had me droopy eyed and ready to call it a night.   I couldn’t believe it.  One serving of this tea had me droopy eyed and ready to call it a night.  I couldn’t believe it. Wasn’t sure if it was the combo of chamomile, passionflower, and peppermint, but this tea was my hero for helping me get a solid night’s sleep.

Besides the affect the tea had on me, the herbal blend had a great taste as well.  Minty, citrusy, with a herbaceous tone.  Really easy to sip for an herbal blend.  Sometimes the herb blends just go to far for me and the taste isn’t smooth.  This blend was just about as perfect as you can get with an herbal blend that as a wellness factor to it.  I actually ended up placing an order for more of this blend.

I have a pretty stressful job, am a mom, and am the admin for SororiTea Sisters along with having my own tea business.  To say I’m a busy cat is an understatement.  At night it seems like my mind turns forever in trying to think if I have everything I need done or set for the next day.  With this tea, I’ve been able to enjoy a more restful sleep and even more relaxing evening.  I used to grab for a cup of wine and still will but it sure is nice to have an herbal blend ready for those nights where I might need a bit more comforting.   Can’t confirm whether or not the tea helps with headaches, but this tea sure relaxes me!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Herbal
Where to Buy:  The Tea Mistress
Description

Organic ingredients:  feverfew, chamomile, passionflower, meadowsweet, peppermint, lemon balm, white willow bark, linden, corriander

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FarmHouseTeas-Tropical Genmaicha Green Tea

Hello to my wonderful tea friends! It is finally March and we are starting to see a bit of a reprieve from the crazy cold winter we had.  This month is actually pretty special to me because, well, I turn 40 in just a few weeks.  I’m really not all that wrapped up in age, it just seems like this year is going to be a pretty big year for my family.  I’m turning 40 and my kiddo is becoming a freshman at high school.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve asked him to stop growing (he is taller than me).  Sigh. . . .But at least I have a fun tea to chat about from my monthly subscription plan with Farmhouse Teas (aka St. Fiacres Farm).

This month it was like my friends at FarmHouse Teas just knew what I would like because it is like they flavored up a genmaicha just for me. . . .Tropical Genmaicha Green Tea is this month’s blend.  I’m a sucker for a solid genmaicha and couldn’t wait to see what FarmHouse Teas had come up with.

This genmaicha flavored blend is a bit different than other flavored genmaichas I’ve had in the past.  Most of the flavored genmaichas I’ve had in the past were dessert like or sweet sugary.  I was excited to check out a tropical genmaicha.

Brewed up with freshly prepped water at 180F and allowed to steep for well, a bit- I sort of got distracted with a work project and forgot I had tea brewing.  I am happy to report though that this blend tastes fabulous, even though the steep was a bit longer than it really should have been, especially since there is hibiscus in the blend.

This blend is delicious and a perfect tea to drink today to enjoy this warm spell hitting our Midwestern area.  The tea is a bit tart but that is more than likely my fault due to the oversteep.  Beyond that, the tea is fresh with all of the beloved roasted toasted flavors that only a genmaicha can deliver with fresh pops of berries and a sweetness that I’m not entirely sure where it is coming from.  There is stevia in this blend but the sweetness doesn’t taste like stevia.  I’m wondering if the sweetness isn’t coming from the large peach pieces in the blend.

All in all, a pretty unique take on a flavored genmaicha.  As I look at the ingredients, I’m thinking this blend would be an amazing cold brew- hibiscus, lemongrass, coconut flakes, goji berries, peach pieces, and stevia.  I’m a bit worried how the stevia will be in a cold brew but hopefully there is just a smidge added so it won’t be identifiable. (Not in the stevia fan club)

Each and every month I so look forward to my FarmHouse Teas package.  Last month I wasn’t crazy about the blend, but the blend was completely out of the box and I appreciate the effort (plus the tea was coated in cocoa powder and I’m not a huge chocolate fan).   Highly recommend their monthly tea service if you are in the market for a hand blended unique blended tea each and every month.  I know I’ve been a subscriber for a while now and I don’t see myself cancelling anytime soon.  Especially if they keep making blends like this one.


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Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  FarmhouseTeas

Description

This blend is part of the month subscription plan.  Click below to hear more about FarmHouse Teas plan.

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Biron Herbal Teas – Pink Pepper Citron Black Tea

Typically I am not the first one to grab a black tea-especially a black flavored tea that could possibly be on the spicier side but I’m trying hard to stay out of my comfort zone with teas lately.

Biron Herbal Teas, based out of Georgia,  offers a variety of herbal blends and teas with an adorable tea fairy as their logo.   They mainly carry herbal blends but there are a few flavored and unflavored tea options as well in both tea sachet and loose leaf form.

For some reason, Pink Pepper Citron Black Tea caught my eye and before I knew it I had prepared freshly boiled water, grabbed my favorite mug, and I was steeping this tea.  The citrus aroma wasn’t super strong but I could definitely tell there was ginger in the blend.  I could also occasionally sniff a cinnamon note here and there. Because I’m super nuts about my black teas, I was very conservative with my steeping time.  The first infusion I only steeped the tea for 3 minutes before I took my first sip.

Sip, I should probably say gulp.  Once this tea hit my taste buds, I was in for an adventure.  This tea is unique but in a uniquely delicious way.  Not being a fan of chai I was surprised how much I enjoyed the peppery flavor this tea omits.  Generous spicy notes of pepper and ginger mingle lovingly with this smooth malty black tea base.  I was worried that the cardamom might overpower the blend but that isn’t the case at all.  To compliment the spiced flavors there is also this subtle sweet citrus flavor.  Really lovely and exactly what I needed to get my day started.

For being my first go with Biron Herbal Teas, I’m pretty happy with this selection and am thinking that I might even need to get more of this blend and try it as a cold brew.  Especially with spring right around the corner.  The flavors are just a fun creative mix that I think know I need more of.


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Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Biron Herbal Teas

Description

With just enough spice provided by ginger, cardamom, and pink pepper, this black tea explodes with flavor. Lemongrass and orange peel even out the blend nicely, leaving a refreshing aftertaste on the palate.

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Goldenberry Banana Cinnamon from Voce Fruit Tea. . .

Last week I reviewed another tea from Voce Fruit Tea, their Lemon Ginger.  I was instantly impressed with how delicious, fresh, natural, and amazing the tea.  Today I wanted to try their banana offering. I’m sort of a banana freak and am always on the search for a banana flavored tea.  You find them here and there but typically the banana flavor comes off light or chemical tasting.  After having the Voce Fruit Tea’s Lemon Ginger, I knew that this banana flavor was going to be on point since they do not use anything but dried fruit in their blends.

For this blend I brewed the tea with freshly boiled water and allowed the tea to steep for 7 minutes and just left the tea bag in the mug while I enjoyed the brew.  I did this with the Lemon Ginger offering and the tea just seemed to get better and better the longer the tea brewed and the Goldenberry Banana Cinnamon is no different.

First off you are greeted with fresh notes of banana and cinnamon.  And that is exactly what you get in taste as well.  The banana flavor reminds me of a quality dried banana chip instead of a fresh banana.  Regardless, the banana flavor is delicious and doesn’t have that artificial feel like I’ve had in the past.  The cinnamon adds its own charm playing well with the banana flavor.  For the goldenberry piece, I can’t really say I taste much berry like flavor.  I am getting a sweetness here and there that I can’t identify so I’m wondering if that is the goldenberry.  The description of this tea indicated the tea should taste like banana bread and I have to say, they are pretty close to nailing that flavor profile.

Over all, this tea is downright delicious.  After having a few cuppas of this hot, I’m excited to try this as a cold brew like I did with the Lemon Ginger. I was able to drink off of one serving of the Lemon Ginger for almost tea days- brewed both hot and cold and I have a feeling this serving of Goldenberry Banana Cinnamon will be the same.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Fruit
Where to Buy:  Voce Fruit Tea
Description

You might not be familiar with goldenberries, but they are widely considered to be a superfruit, with a bright flavor that is similar to apricots. Our blend of organic goldenberries, organic bananas, and organic cinnamon is an unexpected treat that is reminiscent of warm banana bread, right out of the oven. It has a smooth and subtle flavor that goes down nice and easy.

Ingredients: organic dried bananas, organic dried, goldenberries, organic cinnamon chips.  Packaged in the same facility as peanuts, tree nuts, soy, and milk products.

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