Ease that sore throat with this blend of Horehound, Wild Cherry Bark, Calendula and other choice herbs used by folks throughout the ages. This tea is best taken with a heavy dose of honey to coat the throat and balance out the stoutness of its herbs.
Leaf Type: Herbal/Rooibos blend
Where to Purchase: Herbal Alchemy
Suggested Brewing Tips:
Serving Size: 1 level teaspoon per 8 ounces
Water Temp: 212°F
Steep Time: 4-5 minutes
I'm off galavanting across the Midwest right now, but I'll be ending my travels in Kansas City on June 6th for The Midwest Tea Festival. For the past couple of weeks I've been sharing teas and other products from some of the vendors that will be there. This week we've got an herbal blend from a local Kansas City shop called Herbal Alchemy.
Can I take a second to comment on how brilliant that name is? I love it! Even cooler— they host themed tea parties, which sounds like a ton of fun. I could see meeting up with some of my KC friends for a trip to the KC Renaissance Festival and having a tea party.
Anyway, since it's the middle of Spring and I'm suffering from a nasty case of seasonal allergies (which only seem to get worse the farther South I travel) I thought I'd share Herbal Alchemy's throat soother tea. It's a combination of yarrow, wild cherry, plantain, marshmallow, horehound, mullein, dandelion, calendula, elder flower, rooibos, licorice, meadowsweet, linden flower and ginger.
Now before I get into the review, I'm going to give you the same warning about this tea that Denise from Herbal Alchemy gave me: this tea works well as a medicinal tea, but it has a lot of bitter components to it. Make sure to take her suggestion and add a spoonful of honey, it helps cut down on the bitterness and coats the throat (especially handy if you're suffering from a sore throat.)
Normally I can hardly taste a thing once allergy season hits... or so I thought. Then I went and accidentally chugged a pint glass full of this tea, unsweetened, thinking it was something else. I found out pretty fast that my taste buds still work. I don't recommend drinking it this way, it's a very bitter brew, but with a spoonful of honey or sugar it goes down a lot easier. I've been enjoying a cup in the morning to help with some of my allergy symptoms. The tea worked well to ease my sore throat and itchy ears (does anyone else suffer from this annoying problem during allergy season? It drives me nuts!) I could also see it being very useful during cold season. Yarrow has been used for centuries as a fever reducer, horehound has always been my choice for sore throats (although I prefer candy drops,) and wild cherry bark is frequently used to treat coughs.
If you decide you don't like the medicinal flavor of herbal teas you can take a page out of my mom's book, put a good dose of maraschino cherry liquid into your tea. It works wonders to sweeten things up and seriously, who doesn't like maraschino cherries? This is how she got my brother and I to take our medicine when we were younger. In my professional opinion everything medicinal tastes better with cherry juice. Trust me.
Important Medical Note:
I'm always cautious when it comes to drinking herbal teas because I have a lot of allergies. I was a little concerned about the meadowsweet, I've never had it before because I know it can cause asthma-like symptoms in people who suffer from asthma like I do. I've had similar problems with burdock root (which isn't in this blend) and a handful of other herbals. Keep in mind that if you have asthma, suffer from allergies, or are taking medication you'll want to check with your doctor before consuming any herbal teas. Some herbs react very poorly with medications, even if they seem rather innocuous. I've had a really bad reaction to St. Johns Wort in combination with my seizure medicine and I'd like you to learn from my past mistakes.
My Rating: 82/100
Would I order this again? Yes. This may not be an every day tea, but it is exactly what I need to get me though allergy season.
I am in no way affiliated with The Midwest Tea Festival, it's just a really cool event I'd like to see succeed. Upon my request I have been provided with a press pass for the event, admission for one guest, and samples from several of the vendors (including Herbal Alchemy.)
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