I was totally skeptical when I heard the name of this tea, which I got as part of a sample pack from Della Terra Teas. I scoffed at the premise when I read the description, which said if one is “overly stressed, over worked, over tired, or just plain sick”, they should try this tea, and I almost didn’t order it. But, I’m a sucker for trying anything with orange, apple, and cinnamon, so I gave it a shot. Boy, am I ever glad I did. There’s a new game in town, and its name is Serenity.

According to Ayurveda, the Hindu practice of natural medicine, the Vata is what keeps your body, mind, and soul in balance. There are many ways to balance ones Vata, and drinking this tea is supposedly one of them. The ingredients, said to be present in a classic Hindu drink that is used to calm and balance ones Vata, are cinnamon, apple, orange, ginger bits, raspberry leaves, chamomile, and cardamom. It also contains St. John’s wort, which is a homeopathic remedy used to treat depression and some other ailments.

The aroma is obviously similar to spice tea, but spice was not the first thing that came to mind when I tasted it for the first time. My very first thought was of being surrounded by nature, and as I closed my eyes I could just hear a babbling brook trickling along below my feet. I had the feeling of being in the mountains, in a beautiful and (yes, I’ll say it) serene setting as I sipped my tea. I truly could not believe how I was feeling as I opened my eyes and reconciled my brain to where I was and where I was not. I was amazed.

It might not magically transport you to another time, another place. But, then again, it might. It’s so hard to find a good balance these days. If this tea can help…even a little…then why not give it a chance? I don’t think you’ll regret it.

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Most Southerners like their tea one way: iced and syrupy sweet. You think that’s two ways? Not in the South! ;)

Maybe it’s because I went to the UK in my teens and fell in love with the concept of “tea time” or maybe because I’ve spent a lot of time in Canada actually taking part in afternoon tea, where the world stops at 4p no matter what you’re doing. I actually love tea, both hot and cold, and I enjoy trying new ones.

This should be fun. :)


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