Traditional Medicinals

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I should start by saying that medicinal teas are not my favorite. I truly only drink them when I’m not feeling well. My husband, on the other hand, loves them. So when I mentioned to him earlier that I’ve been struggling with a headache all day, I shouldn’t have been surprised to walk through the door after work to see him holding a steaming mug of this tea. Surprisingly, the taste isn’t bad at all. I would even say I actually enjoyed it. I continued to sip on it throughout the evening, but honestly I didn’t finish it. I have to say, it didn’t help my headache one bit; however, I’m truly grateful that he took the time to make it for me knowing that I was feeling sick and he wanted to help me feel better.

I’m currently enrolled in a health coach training program and they talk sometimes about how important it is to prepare your food with love because that love then covers the meal. Now I’m not sure about the science behind all that, whether or not your food can actually change based on the love put into it, but it makes me happy to think we could pass our love and kindness through simple acts toward each other such as making a warm cup of tea on a cold day.

Preparation
Boiling 8 OZ / 236 ML

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88

I received this bag in a previous Sips By box. I accidentally steeped it for a long time, but it’s not sour. I’m drinking this cold with sugar, and it’s a really pleasant cup. I like this better than some loose leaf ones even.

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41

My coworker gave this to me, because he hopes to cure my insomnia with tea? lol
I’m a bit surprised that this doesn’t contain valerian, I feel like last time I tried a sleepy tea from this company (way back in college), it did contain valerian, so I was super careful with it.
The wrapper is a plastic lined paper envelope, ugh.
The dry leaf is more minty smelling, and less chamomile than the sleepy time tea by celestial seasonings. See Kevin, I do drink sleepy teas…
The steep time is 10-15 min, and then SQUEEZE the teabag. :/
Maybe I’ll update this tomorrow with how I slept, maybe I won’t.
I shall keep this away from my cat, because of the catnip. What is passionflower herb?

NCCIH says that passionflower was historically used as a mild sedative, and may cause doziness. There was some small studies to see if its sedative properties could help with anxiety, but it was ruled that the studies were too small to conclude anything.
Hop strobile is maybe the stamen of the hops flower? The same hops as is used to brew beer (I actually hate the flavor of hops, it’s too bitter for me, I prefer malty beer). Hops may be a mild sedative, help with anxiety and used by people with sleep disorders. Maybe I should learn to like IPA.
Linden flower tea is sometimes used for calming effects in infants. I’m just googling these ingredients randomly at this point. I can tell you that I am not an infant and I probably need a stronger dose than an infant.

It’s interesting how they list how many mg of each herb is in the teabag. The leaf is coarsely ground. It’s hard for me to want teabags after years of loose leaf. By the way, if you haven’t tried Adagio’s Cha Cha yet, it’s like a mintier sleepytime (CS), but it’s loose leaf and you can see all the pretty flowers and such.

Maybe I should have saved this sample for a night where I’m still staring at the ceiling at 3am, not when I’m just waiting around at 11pm, but 11pm is such a more reasonable bedtime.

It doesn’t really taste like much, despite the long brew time. I just left the bag in there, it can keep steeping, I don’t think it’ll oversteep. I can smell the orange oil a little bit, and it’s got a very mild back of the throat mint feeling. Like you walk past a garden and you catch a hint of mint on the breeze, that’s how mild this is.
Oops, this says to have 2-3 cups late in the day, including at least one 30 mins before bed.
But can you even resteep? Or do they mean for us to use 2-3 teabags per evening? I’m not down for that. Too much waste, but also I only have the one sample.

Eh and now it’s past midnight and bleh. Doesn’t feel that different?

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML
derk

A variety of this tea that does contain valerian exists somewhere out there.

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80

A tea bag from Derk. I think I have two left (Limeflower and another organic Camomile).
As I expected this day was bad. But not so bad as I was expecting.

I let it brew advised 10 minutes, covered, no squeeze. Read several times the proverb on tea tag. “Plant kindness and gather love.” I am trying to be kind. But I have not gathered love yet in my life.

A nettle. In Czech “Kopřiva”. I have a friend with this surname and he makes fun of it. It was used to a salad, but never had it. We used it as spices and herbs back then in summer camp when I was a kid. It worked very well and it was unique experience. I would like to try it again, but all nettles around there are dusty or dirty in some other ways.

The tea – I really don´t know what to expect. The tea bag looks so pretty. I will trust the Herbalists in Traditional Medicinals company that they know what it is in. The liquor is quite golden, with green notes. It looks quite clear, something is on top, but maybe I just washed mug not properly. I was lazy, okay?

The aroma when dry was kind of weird. I can´t describe it much, but I thought it was like dry food for pets or something. But when brewed, it gets bit tangy; spicy, herbal aroma. Good overall. Actually better than expected.

In taste – whoa. It is very nice! Spicy, drying and mineral are my first thoughts. Maybe biting a bit as plants are. Soothing me a bit. Little honey sweetness and aftertaste.

Overall – it is wonderful, pleasant cup of tea I needed today probably. I was afraid it will be boring, herbal tea, without much to discover. I can not imagine drinking 3-4 cups a day though. It is quite complex – as I wrote, mineral but with honey sweetness. Spicy, but not astringent. Soothing.

Thank you derk; your stash is almost gone.

Flavors: Drying, Herbs, Honey, Mineral, Spicy

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 10 OZ / 300 ML
derk

You’re welcome. I have only 2 left of what you sent.

Martin Bednář

But I have sent much, much less :)

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82

Minty and good. I prefer this over straight peppermint but I like combinations of the two better than each individually. Good calming tea on a frightfully busy morning when I am very very tired.

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30

Nasty head cold, been sick for 4, going on 5 days now.
This tastes terrible unless you add liberal amounts of honey.
The first time I made it, it tasted like full-on onions. No idea what happened there.
The other few times I made it, it tasted like herbal, medicinal mush.
What else would you expect though?
I dunno how well it works either, besides providing the same benefits that any hot tea beverage does when one is sick.
Overall, not worth the investment.

Flavors: Herbs, Medicinal

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
tea-sipper

Feel better soon!

teaqueen

Thank you :) My neti pot and nasal spray are my best friends today

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The liquor kind of smells like no-bake chocolate oatmeal cookies but made with sour dark chocolate. They were accidentally baked and even burnt a little. The taste is surprisingly light and much less bitter than expected. I only notice a slight bitterness in the back of the mouth after I swallow. It’s also a little sweet-tart and a hint ashy. Very mineral and clean with a nice roasty flavor. I think I like it!

Flavors: Ash, Burnt, Dark Bittersweet, Dark Chocolate, Mineral, Oats, Roasted, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

I absolutely love this tisane.
It scratches the itch for a second coffee around midmorning. No caffeine in this, and it’s far healthier, especially because I don’t add anything to it. It’s got a pleasantly burnt taste to it, like toast. Very satisfying.

Flavors: Dandelion, Earth, Nutty, Toast

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80

Yummmmmm!
Roasty, slightly bitter (but in a pleasant way), caffeine free, nutritious! It also apparently supports digestive health.
Going to start drinking this instead of decaf coffee during the midmornings.

Flavors: Bitter, Burnt, Nutty, Roasted, Vegetal

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85

One of the best when you have a cold or sinus problems. Unfortunately I can’t always find it packaged by it self instead it is in with others in a seasonal sampler box.

__Morgana__

So great to see you!

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18

Well, I didn’t know what to expect, but this tastes like cigarettes. The smell is bad, and the gross flavor is lingering in my mouth. I didn’t even bother trying to make this drinkable. I just poured it out. I hate wasting tea, but this was really not my thing at all. I feel kind of bad leaving a negative review since I’m sure most people drink this tea for whatever medical reason rather than taste, but I’d say avoid it.

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67

Finishing up the Seasonal Sampler box that was bought for me while I ride out this cold.

Not reviewing this tea for medicinal purposes since I’m not well versed in the (un)substantiated claims of herbal medicine.

The steam is mostly mellow spearmint and lemongrass, a little musty and earthy floral going on. On the sip I notice the spearmint then that lemongrass takes over and leaves a light aftertaste and a feeling that reminds me of nettle tea. The musty, earthy floral is very slight. I’m not a fan of dried lemongrass but in this tea, maybe it’s fresher because it tastes more like lemon balm or lemon myrtle, leafier rather than grassier if that makes sense. It’s a pretty neutral herbal tea. I can see this being enjoyed by others.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML

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78

I rode my bike around town today and everything was fine until I got to the credit union to open a new account. I’m at the tail end of some kind of cold and just when I stepped into banker’s office, a coughing fit hit hard and I had to excuse myself from opening a new account today. Now my voice is all froggy again, so I’m having a cup of this because it does actually seem to placate and coat my angry throat.

Yeah, it smells and tastes a lot like licorice but I kind of like it — the sweetness is tolerable.
And there’s fennel. Strong enough to balance those cool aromas and flavors is a good hit of floral cinnamon. There’s also a kind of nutty aftertaste. Is that from the marshmallow root or slippery elm? I’ve not had either before.

This was a good night cap to sip on right after I took a shot of whiskey and laid down last night.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML

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60

Dry bag smells more of licorice-fennel followed by eucalyptus-mint. The steam is lightly minty and medicinal. First sip is of course syrupy sweet, earthy licorice which is mixed with eucalyptus, then the fennel opens up, followed by a light coating of menthol that floats up. There’s also some tartness at the back of the mouth a while after the sip.

Compared to Yogi’s Breathe Deep, this isn’t nearly as sickeningly licorice sweet and the licorice doesn’t glue itself into weird pockets of flavor around my mouth. It’s more of a smooth coating unlike the Breathe Deep which left a dry eucalyptus-herbal strip the length of my tongue. I do appreciate the stronger eucalyptus-thyme presence in Breathe Deep. Taste-wise, though, this Breathe Easy is preferred.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

I know this herbal tea isn’t going to cure what ails me, but I’m drinking this at the behest of my housemate.

And it’s good.

And comforting.

Because it’s mostly clove and peppermint and a little cinnamon-tasting. Surprisingly smooth despite the dominant clove aroma and taste. Numbs my throat just enough. The peppermint is refreshing and not stewy, I’d say moderate intensity. Enough to open my aggravated sinuses and to taste but not a kick in the lungs or on the tongues. It’s also just slightly tart. Very easy to drink.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML
gmathis

Peppermint tea is a pretty good RX for anything that ails you.

derk

A good Peppermint is my favorite herbal tea. Calms my mind, soothes an upset stomach and as a cold brew, is immensely refreshing on warm days. As somebody with asthma and allergies, I appreciate the effect it has on my respiratory system.

gmathis

Yep, I grab it for headache, stomach ache, sniffles, heartache, and sometimes just because my pinky toes are tired ;)

Appalachian Tea

I’m a big fan of this one myself. Helps with chest/head colds. I have found that the flavor is too strong for me when I’m not sick, though.

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71

Mama don’t feel good.

My housemate brought me a few bags of her Ginger Aid in a mug. It’s pretty soothing this morning. Moderately warming/cooling and helping me breathe. It’s only a hint sweet from the stevia and blackberry leaves and smells sweeter than it tastes. Not picking up on the lemon myrtle.

Sigh. Guess I’ll be drinking herbals for a day or two.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 16 OZ / 473 ML
LuckyMe

Ginger anything is always soothing when I’m feeling under the weather. Get feeling better!

derk

Thankee

Leafhopper

Ugh! Feel better soon. :)

Todd

I hope it helps!

Mastress Alita

Ginger often helps me, too. Get better, derk!

Nattie

Get better soon!

derk

Gettin’ there.

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70

Sample from VariaTEA – this one isn’t too bad. I like the ginger/tumeric combination but there IS a weird after taste that is a little medicinal. that being said, i do love a good ginger tea.

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77

Nettle Resumé:

*10 years of experience receiving stinging lashes by 6ft tall Urtica dioica plants.
*4 hours of nursing the pain inflicted by wading through patches of stinging nettles.
*Collection of 2 plants for mounting.
*1 evening with a teabag.

Despite all that time romping around in stinging nettles’ damp environs, I never bothered to harvest them for food because why would I want to mess with something that hurt me. Somebody did the hard work for me here, yay.

The dry bag smells like, haha, flake fish food. Nutritious! Steeped, there is still a whiff of that but it is joined by a sweetness and wet green hay, russet potato, earth and grains. In the mouth it is smooth and a little oily, with tastes of citric tartness, minerals and wet green hay. It possesses more of a vegetal and grassy taste than an herbal, leafy one. My mouth is left a little slick and my tongue feels plump and tingly on the sides. The tartness persists long after finishing the mug. Interesting. I find this a nice evening drink. It feels healthy.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 10 OZ / 295 ML

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80

Organic Nighty Night is a smooth bedtime blend. It has a forward but gentle and cooling mint and catnip taste. Underneath that, it is slightly earthy-leaf, floral-chamomile and herbal-citrus. Breathing in the minty steam, I also get something faintly sweet and almost like vanilla – I’m guessing the linden flowers. How pleasant.

This was very easy to drink even with leaving the bag in the mug as I sipped.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 10 OZ / 295 ML

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It works, heh. What more can you ask for besides it not killing you?

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 10 OZ / 295 ML
Mastress Alita

Makes you shit, doesn’t taste like shit?

derk

Nailed it.

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I did not drink this for the supposed health benefits. I admit I didn’t pay much attention to the smell and taste since I drank this as I was lying in bed in the dark. It was medicinal tasting but not terrible. The main notes I can recall are earthy chicory and dandelion root overridden by a tart lemony-berry high note and a finish of licorice root, sweet but not sickeningly so. Some texture was present and appreciated.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 10 OZ / 295 ML

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82

This tea isn’t for the faint of heart when it comes to lavender. The contents smell very fresh with the lavender dominating.

I’ve prepared this a multitude of ways.

Following the recommended parameters of 2 bags to a mug, boiling water, steeped for 10-15 minutes, It’s weirdly thick and stewy. I don’t like cooked flowers. Even with 1 bag and brewed for a shorter amount of time (between 2 and 5 minutes), I couldn’t really enjoy it. I did find it tastier when brewed in glass over ceramic for whatever reason.

By far the best preparation has been cold-brewed with 2 bags to a liter of water overnight in the fridge. The taste is just right, cool, clean and light with neither flavor dominating. There is also a little bit of bitterness and sweetness which makes the brew less one-dimensional than when hot. I’m not sure I can taste the lemon balm besides as part of a lightly citric aftertaste that is partnered with some sweetness and lavender. I could see myself sipping this while sitting on a porch on a sticky summer night with the crickets and tree frogs chirping away.

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72

The Tea Formerly Known as Eater’s Digest.

I like it. Mostly peppermint tasting with none of that stewed leaf/straw flavor. I’m getting a backing of woody cinnamon that’s perfectly balanced with the mint. It’s not like those shitty hard candies that are mix of mint and cinnamon. Got a little bit of licorice sweetness and a hint of ginger. Idk, I’ve kind of always enjoyed a mug of Eater’s Digest after a big Greek dinner with the fam but it’s not something I’d keep at home for whatever reason.

Traditional Medicinals’ HQ is in Sebastopol, pretty close to my current location. Cool town. Guayakí yerba mate is also headquartered there. And there’s a neat witchcraft shop tucked away somewhere.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 10 OZ / 295 ML

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90

I had been reflecting on the concept of Ichigo Ichie and trying to relate it to my tea drinking practices, so when I was becoming overwhelmed with studying I decided to take a moment for a cup. I selected peppermint because I knew it would help alleviate tension in my body and help refresh me to continue with my studies.

I boiled the water and let it cool while I selected my mug: a handmade and glazed purple and blue clay cup. I poured the water over the packet and let it steep for a couple minutes before indulging. The flavor is very strong, but not overwhelming, from the first sip. The main not was a refreshing and almost sweet peppermint. It was lovely how the flavor lingered without becoming overpowering with each sip.

Flavors: Herbs, Peppermint, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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