The fine folks at Traditional Medicinals recently sent me a very generous selection of teas from their impressive (and re-branded) product line, and I felt so inclined to share them with all of you. What better homework assignment for a tea-favouring blogger than to sip and sample different types of tea?
I was sent four different flavours (all organic I might add): Nighty-Night Valerian, Throat Coat, Ginger Aid, and Roasted Dandelion Root. As I said, the company has recently changed the look of their boxes and labels, which was a welcomed surprise when I opened up the delightful package I received in the mail. Just look at those lovely boxes o' tea and information page.
Let's unearth this trove of treasures, shall we?
Roasted Dandelion Root
Organic Roasted Dandelion Root is an herbal tea traditionally used in Herbal Medicine to help treat digestive disturbances and increase bile flow.
Interesting to boot, dandelion is found on every continent except Antarctica, and the root provides support to the liver and aids digestion.
Each tea bag contains: organic roasted dandelion root.
Ginger is traditionally used in Herbal Medicine to help relieve digestive upsets including lack of appetite, nausea, digestive spasms, indigestion, dyspepsia and flatulent colic.
Spicy and soothing, this tea is helpful to drink before or after a meal.
Each tea bag contains: organic ginger rhizome, organic blackberry leaf, organic stevia leaf, organic lemon myrtle leaf.
Add your favourite sweetener to this tea, such as honey, coconut nectar, or maple syrup for an extra sweet elixir to help soothe your throat.
Each tea bag contains: organic licorice root, organic wild cherry bark, organic bitter fennel fruit, organic marshmallow root, organic slippery elm bark, organic cinnamon bark, organic sweet orange peel.
Nighty Night - Valerian
Valerian is traditionally used in Herbal Medicine as a night time sleep aid and to help relieve nervousness (calmative/sedative).
Each tea bag contains: organic valerian root, organic passionflower herb, organic lemon balm leaf, organic peppermint leaf, organic caraway fruit, organic licorice root.
A caution with valerian is that some people may experience drowsiness and hypersensitivity.
Le verdict: Overall, I enjoyed all of these teas; the Throat Coat was perfect for when I was feeling under the weather, the ginger was nice to enjoy after a meal, and the Nighty Night helped soothe me to sleep.
But, if I had to choose, my favourite would have to be the Roasted Dandelion Root. The flavour and consistency is similar to chaga and provides a nice, caffeine free alternative to coffee (something I don't normally drink, but still prefer a similar type of beverage from time to time).
A delightful disclaimer: remember, these teas are made with medicinal herbs and may not be right for you. Always read and follow the label, and consult a health practicioner if taking any medications.
For more on Traditional Medicinals, check out their website and their Facebook page. Drink your plants xo.