Let’s Detox/The NecessiTeas

I don’t buy Detox teas. I don’t buy weight loss teas. I don’t buy any teas that claim magical health benefits. I understand some teas can help with some ailments (i.e. ginger teas and peppermint teas can help settle a stomach and chamomile teas can have a calming effect) but I don’t like when teas are marketed specifically for the purposes of curing people and detoxing people because, to me, that marketing strategy is tantamount to the work of a snake oil salesman. With that said, I do want it to be clear that that is just my personal opinion and I understand that for many, detox teas do help them feel better. That is why even though I wouldn’t pick them for myself, when a detox tea does cross my door, such as this one, I usually will try to have them at a time when I feel bloaty or have been having too much junk food because on the off chance they do work, I want to reap the benefits.

The past couple of nights I have been drinking and going out for meals and so if any time was a time for a detox, this would be it. I woke up at 6:30 am and brewed up this tea comprised of honeybush, rooibos, lemon myrtle, lemon peel, star anise, ginger, licorice root, juniper berries, lemongrass, marigold, stevia, birch leaves, willow bark, and natural and organic flavors. Essentially a lot of ingredients I tend to avoid (basically, I am not this tea’s target audience and thus this review should be taken with a grain of salt).

This tea tastes the way a Lush store smells. That is the best description I got. Hopefully you have been in the store Lush and can understand the reference but if you have not, Lush is a store that sells fresh handmade cosmetics. It is fragrant and pungent with a whole plethora of scents that come together in one semi-sweet, semi-medicinal cloud of fragrance.

Surprisingly, it is not as bad as I expected. Between the star anise, the licorice root, and the stevia, I was expecting a cloying mess. Though this does have that sweet licorice root/stevia top note that sort of coats your tongue, there is a nice ginger burn underneath which reigns in those sweeter ingredients just enough that they are tolerable. I get some lemon and some licorice. A little of this and a little of that but nothing distinct enough to give this a truly discernible flavor.

I will say my stomach, which was a bit queasy, is slightly settled. I think the ginger has a lot to do with that and to be honest, I would probably have preferred to just drink a ginger tea for this health benefit. However, it did help which means this does have some merit to its claim that it will “make you feel good from the inside out”. Plus, it is one of the more tolerable tasting detox teas I have tried.

 


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Leaf Type: Herbal

Where to Buy:  The NecessiTeas

Description

This wellness blend will make you feel good from the inside out. This antioxidant rich blend of organic honeybush and rooibos is combined with marigold, birch leaves and juniper berries to promote a healthy immune system and cleanse away the effects of harmful toxins.

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Worry Free/Biron Herbal Teas. . .

The life of an elementary school teacher comes with A LOT of stress. I’m always in the market for a tea to help me erase the stress of the day and help me relax once I get home.

Unfortunately, a good herbal blend with just the right mix of jasmine and chamomile is hard to find. Biron Herbal Teas knocked it out of the park with their WorryFree Blend. Just opening the sample pack I received was enough to melt the worry away.

The most prominent aroma was the jasmine with the perfect mix of chamomile. It reminded me of college when I used to grow and dry my own lavender in my dorm room. Looking in the sachet you can see the full dry jasmine and chamomile flowers. You can tell that Biron spent a lot of time looking for the perfect ingredients for this tea. By the time the cup was finished I was fully relaxed and ready for a peaceful nights sleep.

If you, like me, need help relaxing after a crazy day and you LOVE Lavender this is a great blend to try! I’ll be stocking up on this one myself! Time to take a trip to Macon!


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Leaf Type:  Herbal

Where to Buy:  Biron Herbal Teas

Description

This fragrant Jasmine, Lavender blend contains a hint of honey and Western, Ayurvedic, and Chinese traditional herbs such as Ashwagandha and Kava Kava.

Each herb in WORRYFREE was carefully selected, creating the perfect blend for harmony and relaxation. Recommended for type-A’s that need a holiday from stress and anxiety.

Pour a cup of WORRYFREE, breathe in the delightful aroma and let go of the worry and angst.

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Jasmine Dandelion Detox Organic Green /Fraser Tea. . .

So I didn’t really know what I was getting into with this tea. I had a single bag that said Fraser Tea on the front and had “Jasmine Dandelion” stamped on the back.

I steeped it at 176°F since it said jasmine but I smelled the bag and it smelled like:

1) not jasmine, at all;

2) herby-spicey.

So I had a suspicion that “Jasmine Dandelion” was not an accurate indicator of what was in the bag.

That’s kind of a pet peeve of mine. Like the other day I bought a tea called “Love” and the description was “Rose, Chamomile and Lavender” and I was like heck yeah give me some of that. Until I got home and opened it up and the scent of herby-spicey hit me and I found the actual ingredient list, which was more involved than “chamomile and lavender and rose” and included licorice root, which I hate.

Anyway…

I put the bag in the water and it was immediately yellow. We have a serious pollen season here in NC, like rivers and clouds of bright, primary yellow pollen, and this looks like that. It was at this point I figured it was time to stop winging and start Googling.

So the rest of the name of the tea is Jasmine Dandelion Detox Organic Green Tea. The rest of the ingredients are green tea, jasmine tea, dandelion root, turmeric, ginger, lemongrass, hibiscus, licorice root, organic flavors, calendula, osmanthus, safflower, and cornflower.

Fortunately it steeps up significantly less scary than it reads.

Actually, it steeps up pretty green. In spite of the turmeric really showing up at the beginning visually, I’m barely detecting anything but green tea. Definitely not jasmine. Sh maybe a little lemongrass. No licorice root at all.

Overall, would drink if I needed some liquid forgiveness for my eating sins. I’m always up for adding some green tea and turmeric to any part of my regimen. Would buy if I found it in the grocery store.


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Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Fraser Tea

Description

Jasmine Dandelion Detox Organic Green Tea is the perfect beverage to add to your health regimen without sacrificing flavor.  Known for its detoxifying effects, Dandelion is infused with green and jasmine teas, licorice root, ginger, lemongrass, and organic herbs to deliver full flavor and detoxifying health benefits.  This powerhouse of tea is blended with your health and wellness in mind.

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Sleep/The Virginia Tea Company. . . .

This tisane is going to be a bit difficult for me to describe because there are things in this blend that I have never tasted on their own. What I have tasted on its own is chamomile, and I find that this is the predominant flavor here. I do pick up on the spearmint but it isn’t terribly strong. I like the inclusion of spearmint because I find mint tisanes to be very relaxing and I prefer spearmint to peppermint.

I do not recall having skullcap or passionflower before, though I know several people who use passionflower supplements to combat anxiety or to improve sleep with success. An article on skullcap says that it is in the mint family but has a slightly bitter taste. I do taste something unfamiliar in this, but I do not find this hard to drink or bitter.

I went to bed after drinking it and slept well, but since I generally do rest well I can not say for certain that the tisane had an effect. I will say that if I were having trouble sleeping or felt anxious and this worked, it would not be a chore to drink it for relief. As something to drink for pure enjoyment, it isn’t something I would reach for first. It tastes much like many chamomile blends I have tried, so if you like chamomile and need soothing or some help going to sleep, I think this is worth a try.


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Leaf Type:  Herbal

Where to Buy:  The Virginia Tea Company

Description

After a long day, the best thing we can do is allow our bodies and minds to relax. The ingredients in this tea help do just that. They create a beautifully relaxing tea to help you unwind and focus on what matters most: you. Ingredients: Organic St John’s Wort, Organic Lemon Balm, Organic Lavender, Organic Passion Flower, Ginkgo, Organic Eleuthero Root, Organic Peppermint Brewing Instructions: Bring fresh water to a boil. Then pour over tea. Steep 10 minutes.

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Tea Rex/Adagio Teas. . .

This tea is designed to “help you roar louder, roam wider and grow up big and strong, just like a real T. Rex.” WOW, GUYS. THAT SOUNDS LIKE A PRETTY GREAT PLAN.

You’d think that a tea named “tea rex” would be caffeinated, but nope, which means you can enjoy your transformation to King of the Upper Cretaceous Period at ANY TIME OF DAY. The sweetness of the honeybush mingles nicely with the tea’s chocolate & berry notes. It also, for the record, goes nicely with the donut I enjoyed this morning.

If you get a chance, you should go to Adagio Teas’ listing for this. It’s part of a decaf 3-set that also includes “Rocket Fuel” and “Monster Brew.” The packaging for all three of these tins is SO cute. There are tins with lovely, bright illustrations. This would make a great gift for a friend with kids. They can feel like they’re having tea like their parents, but without the caffeine. (The only thing scarier than a little T-Rex is a little T-Rex full of energy.) (Is it obvious I don’t have children?)

Wishing you all a lovely day full of roaring and conquering!


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Leaf Type:  Herbal/Honeybush

Where to Buy:  Adagio Teas

Description

A delicious tea to help you roar louder, roam wider and grow up big and strong, just like a real T. Rex.

blended with honeybush tea, apple pieces, cocoa nibs, dark chocolate chips (contains soy lecithin), raspberries, natural chocolate flavor, dried cherries, natural wild cherry flavor & safflower

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