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!


Want to Know More About This Tea?

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.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

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.


Want to Know More About This Tea?

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.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Chamomile Blend Organic Fair Trade Tea/Storehouse Tea. . . .

I love to reach for a straight chamomile tisane or chamomile blend when I need to relax, so I was happy to try out this sample. The dry leaf smells like floral chamomile and mint.

The brewed tea smells of apple-like chamomile (losing some of that floral quality but gaining sweetness) and a touch of mint. The flavor itself is a solid chamomile tea that’s on the naturally sweeter side, though I’m not getting much of the “blend” part of it except for some gentle mint in the aftertaste.

Looking at the ingredients, there’s also lemon myrtle, lemongrass, and lavender in here, but I’d be lying if I said that I tasted any of that. I’m not missing it either, though. This hits the spot as a relaxing chamomile-forward tisane, which is exactly what I wanted it to be.

Score!


Want to Know More About This Tea?

Leaf Type:  Herbal

Where to Buy:  Storehouse Tea

Description

Organic Chamomile with lemon myrtle, spearmint and lavender is a sweet, tranquil, 100% Organic, caffeine-free tea. Perfect for countering PMS, easing stress, relieving headaches or enhancing a peaceful night’s sleep.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Canadian Berries from Siplicious. . . .

Hello precious teacups! Are you cold? I’m cold. I’m always cold, but I’m really cold now because it is winter where I am and so brutal outside that I half expect to see an AT-AT Walker wander past my window. Inside, though, inside is where the tea is and that will warm you up with much less work than a less-than-lively tauntaun.

The saving grace of weather like this is that it’s the perfect time to enjoy a good cuppa. I brewed this particular blend for 5 minutes using boiling water. It brews up the vibrant red you would expect from something containing hibiscus. The flavor is tart and juicy and overwhelmingly hibiscus and cranberry. I like this but I’m not picking up on any of the other ingredients.

I did get three solid steeps out of this tea. I abandoned the third cup and it was cold by the time I got back to it. Turns out this blend isn’t bad hot but it is miles better as an iced tea! It is a fantastic berry explosion in my mouth, much more nuanced than the hot brew. I might have known this if I had paid attention to the website categorizing this as a summer tea!

This blend makes an excellent base for a modified version of Lu Ann’s tea-infused hot chocolate recipe .  I brewed the tea like normal, stirred in three heaping teaspoons of Cadbury Drinking Chocolate, added almond milk (maybe a shotglass’s worth, I was eyeballing it), and topped it off with vegan marshmallows. So good! The chocolate and sweetness tone down the hibiscus, allowing the cranberry, raspberry, peach, and strawberry notes to come out by turns.

So the lesson here is a) read instructions and b) don’t be afraid to experiment! This is a delicious herbal berry blend but I would have written it off as a hibiscus-heavy cup of boring if I had only had it as a plain cup of hot brew. Stay warm out there!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Fruit Tisane
Where to Buy:  Siplicious
Description

This award winning “All-Canadian”, berry-delicious infusion is packed full of native berries bursting with the flavors of our True North Strong and Free.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Sleep from We Are Tea. . . .

Oh, my aching back! I have a severe case of text neck that has traveled down my shoulder and upper back and sleeping has been a bit rough lately. A friend told me that tulsi is the best pain-in-the-neck reliever and I would love to get a good night’s sleep, so let’s see if it gives some relief.

When I mix my own tulsi blend I usually just put tulsi and lavender. This blend also has chamomile and rose. It looks beautiful in the sachet and is clearly nice big pieces and not dust. You can tell it is fresh by the lovely colors of the ingredients – no oasty gray here. And the sachet is made of cornstarch! No nylon in this baby, so I can toss the whole thing in my compost tomorrow – after I resteep it, of course!

After three minutes of steeping, I am ready to be enticed away to la-la land. The tea tastes and smells primarily of tulsi to me even though that is the last ingredient listed. Secondly, I taste chamomile and then the lavender and rose equally and subtly. It is a little bit savory and a whole lot relaxing. There is a lingering herbal aftertaste and it isn’t really floral, but still savory.

I could swear I feel my jaw unclenching, and I didn’t even realize it was clenched…


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Herbal
Where to Buy:  We Are Tea
Description

There aren’t many things that a good night’s sleep can’t fix, so we created this ultimate night time blend to help you along the way. Settle your mind, sink into your pillow and let this caffeine free tea melt the pressure away. No sheep counting required!

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!