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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Lemon Mango from Urbal Tea. . . .

Urbal Tea is one of the many companies introduced to me through the Sips By Subscription Box. It’s amazing how letting someone else pick your teas sometimes can lead you to a whole new world of companies and flavors. This Lemon Mango tea by Urbal is no exception. It is not something I believe I have seen before and yet the flavors seem like such a great combination in theory that I am surprised this is one of the first times I came across it.

The package for this tea advertises sweet lemon and mango which combine to make a tropical, refreshing blend and with a description like that, I couldn’t help but feel like this tea should be iced. I steeped about a tablespoon of leaf in boiling water for 5 minutes, per the company’s recommendation and then added ice.

The tea is definitely sweet and has a distinct lemon flavor at the tailend of the sip. It is refreshing because it is crisp and then that lemon zip sets in, coming off more as a lemonade inspired tea with just the slightest bit of mango sweetness. I am not surprised though given this has several lemon ingredients including lemon balm, lemon verbena, lemon peel, and lemon myrtle. In addition to the lemon ingredients, this tea is comprised of mango, orange, apple, pineapple, red clover blossom, raspberry leaf, blue violet leaf, rosehip, and dried mango. There is a lot going on but very little of it comes through other than as a generic fruity sweetness preceding the vibrant lemon flavor.

All in all, this is a bright tea that has great refreshing flavors for a hot summer day. Is it the best tea I ever had? No. Is it a tea I would drink again? Probably, if someone offered it to me or if I needed to reach free shipping on an Urbal Tea cart. It’s nice but not a must have in my books. Still, it was fun to try and it got me curious about the tea company and their other offerings.


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Leaf Type:  Herbal
Where to Buy:  Urbal Tea
Description

Sweet mango and lemon combine to make this tropical, refreshing blend.

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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!


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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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Stress Less from Lipton. . . .

I have to say, I was surprised when I first saw this Lipton tea. The branding and packaging was beautiful. It seems like Lipton is really striving to redefine their brand.

Anyway – this tea is a blend of chamomile, lavender, and cinnamon. When I opened it up, it reminded me of cinnamon swirl toast. The cinnamon was the most prominent but it was then mellowed out by the chamomile. I didn’t get a lot of lavender.

I steeped this in boiling water for about 5 minutes. I’m happy to say that it tasted just the way it smelled. I know it’s a bit odd, but it really had the taste of cinnamon toast! It’s a bit “dry”, so I think that quality combined with the cinnamon is what does it. I still didn’t really find the lavender in there, but the tea did have an almost floral finish.

I was surprised at how much I like this tea! If you’re in need of a quick and sweet cup, this is a great option. Bonus – since it’s a Lipton tea, it would probably be easy to find at your local store. I know that I wouldn’t hesitate to steep up many more cups of this!


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Leaf Type:  Herbal
Where to Buy:  Lipton
Description

Relax, rewind, then press play again with Lipton Stress Less Caffeine-Free Herbal Supplement, containing cinnamon, chamomile, and lavender. Stress Less is a comforting, cozy herbal infusion to help you unwind*. Carefully selected botanicals are blended with lavender essential oil that make every cup delicious. Enjoy a daily cup or two of Lipton Stress Less to supplement your varied, balanced diet.

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Yerba Mate Mint by Choice Organic Teas . . .

I steeped this tea for 4 minutes at 175 degrees with one bag in about one cup of water.

The packet says to steep for 4-6 minutes but it smells plenty strong enough at 4 so I stopped there. Plus, since mint can get bitter if oversteeped, I didn’t want to wait too long.

It smells nice and minty while brewing. I can’t really distinguish it from plain peppermint tea by the smell. After steeping is over, the tea is a yellowish cedar-like color and not noticeably viscous.

First sip: Surprise! It tastes just like mint herbal tea–to me, anyway. Or at least not different enough that you would be positive there’s something else in there rather than just a variation on the minty flavor. (Maybe if I had prepared a cup of plain mint tea at the same time to compare against, that would have helped me pick out any differences, but alas–I didn’t think of that until it was too late.)

What that means is that this could be a clever way to have something caffeinated in the morning if you’re an herbal tea drinker and don’t care for green or black tea or coffee! Or if you only drink black tea with milk (like me) and are avoiding milk because you have a cold, but still need that caffeine boost. (I know that sounds oddly specific but it happens to me more often than you’d think!)

The mate isn’t roasted, I’m guessing, so maybe that’s why it doesn’t have a strong enough flavor to dominate this tea blend (after all, peppermint is a very powerful flavor and it’s hard to overcome that). So if you like peppermint tea, you’ll probably like this!

With sugar: It’s still good and minty, nice and easy on the throat (which means that it’s both good for colds and for vocal health if you’re trying to relax your voice and stay hydrated, although I guess caffeine is a little bit controversial where vocal health is concerned).

Overall this blend is both useful and enjoyable when prepared as a hot tea beverage, and it seems to have plenty of potential as a cold brew as well, although I didn’t try it that way.


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Leaf Type: Yerba Mate
Where to Buy: Choice Organic Tea

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