5 Herbal Infusions I Would Like to Explore More

Hearing things mentioned or coming across them online or in stores can catch my interest and get me in the mood to explore them more, such as these herbal infusions:1 Yerba MateThis South American plant has become something of a trendy beverage in many Western countries, renowned for its coffee-like ability to wake you up, …

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5 Teas & Herbals to Keep You on Your Toes

As a dancer, I spend a lot of time on my toes. These are four teas and an herbal infusion that keep me on my toes, whether because of an energy boost, or because I never quite know what to expect from them: Gyokuro: This top-tier Japanese green tea has a short steep time due …

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Review — Sunshine Lemon Rooibos by the English Tea Store

Name: Sunshine Lemon Rooibos Brand: English Tea Store Type: Rooibos, flavored Form: Loose leaf Review: Rooibos is my favorite herb for steeping, and this blend is truly delicious. Sunshine Lemon Rooibos combines the sweet, slightly earthy flavor of rooibos with lemon flavoring and dried lemongrass, creating a desert-like tisane that is a lovely alternative to …

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Review — Mercedes Apple Spice by The English Tea Store

Name: Mercedes Apple Spice Brand: English Tea Store Type: Herbal infusion (tisane) Form: Loose leaf Review: If you are an apple pie fan, Mercedes Apple Spice may well become your next favorite tisane. If you don't like either, pass this one by. The English Tea Store notes that the apple flavor in this tisane is …

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Nile Delta Chamomile

The Subject: Nile Delta Chamomile from The English Tea Store. Rating: Water temperature: 212° F Steeping time: 5 minutes Tea type: herbal (not a tea) Scents, flavorings, etc.: N/A Aroma, dry: Fresh, bright, lively, sweet, rich Aroma in the cup, plain: Fresh, bright, lively, sweet, rich Taste, plain: Rich yet mild, not bitter, relaxing Aroma …

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Tea and Herbs and Hay Fever — Oh, My!

Tea and herbal infusions can be a major part of your arsenal when the “achoo!” season reigns across the land. We’re talking hay fever, complete with itchy, watery eyes, headaches, and lots of boxes of tissues for all the stuff your body produces while overreacting to the allergen. Hay fever (technically called “rhinitis”) simply put …

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Chamomile Basics

It’s a hectic world out there — small wonder that chamomile is so popular. After fighting traffic to and from your job, meeting deadlines at work, chasing a child around the house who doesn’t want to take a bath or even wear clothing, or whatever your day is full of, a cup of chamomile is …

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Review of Stash Peppermint

Name: Peppermint Brand: Stash Type: Herbal tisane Form: Paper Tea Bag Review: Mint tisane is an old standby for a lot of people: Refreshing hot or cold, it is also a traditional remedy for upset stomachs. Different tea companies have their own version of this favorite, the quality of which can vary widely depending on …

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An Orchard in Your Teapot, Pt. II – Herbals Made with Fruits

Sometimes that orchard in your teapot isn’t tea, but a fruity infusion. Unlike the teas listed in Part I, these infusions are caffeine-free along with being naturally flavorful and often naturally sweet. Some are also quite healthful. One of the frustrations when researching this was the number of companies that call their infusions by the …

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Iced Tea Roundup — Some Good Teas to Serve Chilled

Not every tea makes an acceptable chilled (iced) tea. When cooled, some teas become bitter or just downright make your teeth hurt with every sip. Other teas cry out loudly for milk and sweetener but don’t taste good chilled, according to my personal experiments. Fear not, though. There are plenty of teas out there that …

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