Warming from Balcony Tea. . . .

This herbal tea is one that I wouldn’t normally try, but (spoiler alert), I’m so glad that I did.

This blend includes ginger, lemon balm, lemon verbena, orange blossom, orange peel and cinnamon. It is truly “warming”, just like the name. The word “bright” comes to mind when smelling the dry blend. The thing I appreciate, though is that it isn’t overwhelming. In my opinion, the herbs and spices are very well balanced. Upon stepping it up, a light citrus scent is a bit more prominent.

I find that the spicy ginger and cinnamon notes come first, followed by a touch of citrus. To be honest, most of the ingredients in this blend are usually very touch and go for me. I either love them or find them totally vile. If you don’t find citrus teas to be your favorite, I recommend that you try this. It includes just the right amount of citrus to be pleasant, without becoming bitter or sour. Same thing with the spices. I found them to be just right.

It’s very rare these days that I find a tea that I truly don’t have any criticism for. I guess this tea is a bit of a unicorn. All I know for sure is that it’s comforting and very tasty! I wanted more the moment I finished my cup.

This tea is available from Balcony Tea now and I highly suggest that you pick it up! It’s a versatile blend that is good for any time of day, but with its slight spice kick, can give you a boost.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Herbal
Where to Buy:  Balcony Teas
Description

Escape long rainy days on our “Warming Balcony” with sun-kissed citrus flavour and a hint of spice.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Green Tea Muscle Recovery from Yogi Tea. . . .

I’ve been a fan of Yogi Tea for years now. I have tried many of their flavors and I’ve loved them all. Natural Grocers is having a sale on their Yogi Teas and I noticed a flavor I haven’t tried. It’s called Green Tea Muscle Recovery. I’ve been having slight shoulder and lower back pain so I figured this couldn’t hurt!

Turmeric is one of the ingredients, and turmeric is a known anti-inflammatory. Lemongrass is the second ingredient after green tea, and it definitely has a citrus-y flavor. I’ve been enjoying it warm in the morning. I swear I feel a little relief after drinking it. I would say it’s probably a great tea to have in the morning before or after a workout. One of my favorite things about Yogi tea is the message that comes on every tag. It’s almost scary how many times my message will be something that I needed to be reminded of in that very moment!

This tea does contain caffeine so be careful about what time of day you drink it. But other than that this is a delicious and healing tea that will definitely be in my tea rotation!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: Yogi Tea
Description

Our Green Tea Muscle Recovery is a fragrant blend of Green Tea, which supplies antioxidants, and traditional soothing herbs like Turmeric and Devil’s Claw, to help support your body’s recovery after exercise. Lemongrass and Rose Petal add bright floral notes. Get invigorated and stay active with Green Tea Muscle Recovery.*

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

The Stuff of Fairy Tales: Organic Nettle Tea from Republic of Tea

Nettle makes me think of ancient forests, fantasy novels, or fairy tales.  I imagine a character moving through the woods getting stung by nettle, or collecting herbs like nettle for a tea or potion.  The herb’s prickly reputation is featured in folk tales where the hero needs to grasp a bunch of stinging nettles, or make a cloak of nettles to fend of some malicious force or break a spell.  (As a side note, apparently there is a world nettle eating championship.  Who knew?)

All that magic in mind, how does nettle taste as a tea?  The Nettle blend from Republic of Tea tastes slightly green with a strong flavor of creamy vanilla, and just a hint of mint.  It’s unclear to me if the creaminess if from the vanilla flavoring or part of the nettle.  This brew has a smooth and buttery mouthfeel like certain green teas.

I did a little research and the internet tells me that nettle leaves should taste reminiscent of spinach or cucumber, green and mineral in flavor.  I’m not picking up on anything strongly like that in this blend, the vanilla clearly takes over.  Maybe I’m in luck, as a spinach tea doesn’t sound all that appetizing.

On its own merits, the Nettle blend from Republic of Tea is a easygoing herbal vanilla brew, with a hint of something green and minty.  I’m glad such a prickly herb was transformed into something so soft and comforting.

 


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Herbal
Where to Buy: Republic of Tea
Description:

Nettle leaves have been known to support the body in a variety of ways. Studies have shown that it can help reduce joint inflammation and can help support kidney function.* Nettle tea has also been popular as a tonic for centuries to help women through all phases of life- from menstruation, through pregnancy and breastfeeding, to menopause. A touch of mint and vanilla makes this tea a joy to sip.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Mint Lemonade Organic Green Tea from Fraser Tea. . . .

Fraser Tea was one of my favorite “new to me” tea companies from 2017.  I instantly fell in love with their teas and loved the selection they have to pick from.  A few orders later, I’m still enjoying their teas almost on a daily basis.

Mint Lemonade Organic Green Tea is a unique blend of green tea, spearmint, turmeric, and other organic ingredients.  I can’t say I’ve seen another offering like this one for a green flavored mint lemonade tea.  So this pretty much was a “I have to have this now” sort of tea.

Brewed up with water around 190F and allowed to steep for 4 minutes, this tea definitely strives to be a mint green tea with a lemon and herbal twist.  Smooth, refreshing, and completely addictive.    The green tea, lemon, and mint flavors come across in this wonderful melody.  As much as I enjoyed the tea, with the long list of ingredients this tea blend contains, I had this feeling that cold brewing this bad boy would be the way to go.

Cold brewed over night, this tea is sensational! Fresh pops of lemon really come across with this minty green tea base.  You get this almost herbaceous and spicy hint here and there that really elevated this tea.  Sunshine in a glass for sure!

If you haven’t taken a look at all that Fraser Tea has to offer, take a moment and check them out.  So far I have been super impressed with the teas I’ve picked up.  I have to drink down my tea stash a bit but as soon as I do, Fraser Tea will be getting another order from me.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy:  Fraser Tea
Description

Enjoy a glass of invigorating Mint Lemonade Organic Green Tea for a pleasing summer refresher any time of year.  Green tea unites with spearmint, peppermint, turmeric, and lemongrass to create a citrus explosion. Relax with a glass of iced Mint Lemonade Organic Green Tea for its health benefits and refreshing flavor.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Headache Relief from Virginia Tea Co (with help from Mary Poppins). . . .

Once upon a time, I had sad news to give, and I was up all night thinking of how to break it. The next morning came with a pretty rough headache, but also the right words to say. Good thing this headache curing tea was in to ease some of my mental turmoil!

It’s got lots of pulverized leaves, I can recognize lavender and chamomile and there’s definitely spearmint in there too, though there are lots of fragrant flowers I can’t ID.

Virginia Tea Co is a Kickstarter crowd-funded company, whose done all the herbal medicine research so we don’t have to. They also source fair trade ingredients, and that’s a relief too.

When I tasted this, it seemed bitter to me, almost tasted like aspirin. Was it my conscience affecting my taste buds or was this just not my cuppa?

A few weeks later, I served some to a friend who’d been having a lot of headaches and thought he might benefit from it. He often describes himself as having “the palate of an eight-year-old”, but he liked it!…. After adding Paula Deen amounts of simple syrup…. in about 15 minutes, he noted his head felt less tense,  and later that night it hadn’t come back.

Well now we know Mary Poppins had it right, a (few) spoonful(s) of sugar helps the medicine go down! I know that some folks are sensitive to OTC pain relief options, or prefer not to use pharmaceuticals and this is a great option for them.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Herbal
Where to Buy: Virginia Tea Co.

Lavender, feverfew, chamomile, skullcap, and spearmint are blended together to help fight those awful headaches. They do this by relaxing your mind and allowing for better thoughts to enter.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!