Happy Universal Health Coverage Day! Today the prompt is to drink a tea with (supposed) health benefits!
I’m not really one that purchases “health blend” teas, and tend to instead look for (usually tastier) options that include the ingredients that work for me. No “headache” tea blend I ever tried ever did anything for my chronic migraine condition… but I have found mint and ginger to be quite effective on the awful nausea and GI issues that accompany migraines.
Aaaaaaaaand I just happened to wake with a migraine this morning. A rain/slushy wet snow storm moved in over night, and the barometric pressure changes set me off more often than not. So today was going to be a “tummy tea” day regardless.
I actually find ginger works a bit better for me than mint, but I’d already pulled this packet out of hiding and stuffed it in the Sipdown Corner™ last night, so rather than dig up a ginger tea I decided to brew this old holiday tea. Has a delightfully strong spearmint aroma, both in the dry leaf and the steeped tea. My warm cuppa also has a sweet aroma, and combined with the spearmint, is reminding me of the sweet spearmint-flavored spice gummies.
Mmm… nice! The oolong gives the tea a very silky/creamy mouthfeel, and I’m getting a strong spearmint presense that leaves a cooling menthol presense on the back of the throat after the sip. During the sip is a warm, sweet, creamy vanilla note. I think that sweetness is amplified by a subtle background florality from the oolong. After the sip, I’m left with what I can only describe as a “carbonated tingle” on the back of my throat, and the mix of the mint and sweet vanilla with that sensation is giving me an odd reminescence to rootbeer (just without the “barky” sort of flavor that accompanies rootbeer).
Easily one of my favorites so far as I drink through old 52Teas advent teas of years past. And it is very soothing this morning when my head is yuck and my stomach is blech.
Flavors: Cream, Creamy, Floral, Mint, Root Beer, Smooth, Spearmint, Sweet, Vanilla