Herbal Balance is a smooth blend of organic peppermint, chamomile, lemon balm, fennel, and licorice root. This delicious herbal tea is caffeine-free and will help restore the balance of your digestive system.
Ingredients: Organic Peppermint, Organic Chamomile, Organic Lemon Balm, Organic Fennel, Organic Licorice Root
Leaf Type: Herbal
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Serving Size: 1-2 teaspoons per 8oz serving
Water Temp: 205°F
Steep Time: 5-7 minutes
We're finally back home from our trip and I can't wait to share everything that happened while we were away. I'm happy to report that I came back recharged and full of new ideas, so it looks like this time away is just what I needed. I had originally planned on jumping right back in after a short nap last night, but my plans were derailed by the weather (which is why Tuesday Tea is a little late today, we're having two posts today and the second won't be ready until this evening.) A tornado decided to pass through our area last night I spent a good deal of time sitting in my basement chilling out with my husband and a very sleepy toddler. Damage reports were slowly beginning to trickle in this morning, but fortunately we're mostly hearing of flooding, downed trees and power lines, and a lot of roof damage from the high winds and hail. Unfortunately there have been a number of homes, especially in Verona and West Madison which have completely lost their roofs, but as far as I know no one was seriously injured. Wisconsin is certainly welcoming us home with a bang!
Today I'll be reviewing two teas from The Persimmon Tree Tea Company, first up is a new addition to their lineup, Herbal Balance. It's a soothing blend of organic peppermint, chamomile, lemon balm, fennel, and licorice root and happens to be the perfect blend to sooth an upset stomach. I'm not sure what it is about flying, perhaps it's the poor quality food and lack of sleep or maybe it's just the stress the airlines always put you through when you travel with them, but I always come home feeling vaguely nauseous. It didn't help that we had a rough flight from Paris to Minneapolis, the winds were 40mph and higher during our decent and after all that we still had another flight to catch so we could pick up our son in St. Louis. Somewhere between visits with family and driving home we managed to to snag 8 full hours of uninterrupted sleep before we saw more family and made the 7 hour drive back home. Visits with family of course mean lots of food, in this case St. Louis style pizza, home made fried chicken and potato chips, and McDonald's (all of it very tasty, but not the best thing to eat which you're not feeling well.) After the long trip and copious amounts of food I was in need of a soothing herbal tea when I got home.
When I have an upset stomach I tend to shy away from caffeine, which typically only makes things worse. Instead I look for a tea that contains a digestive aid such as peppermint, chamomile, licorice root, ginger, or fennel. Herbal Balance happens to have 4 of the 5 ingredients I generally look for, as well as lemon balm, which works as a mild sedative. Overall the flavor and scent of this tea is mild and soothing, just what you need when you aren't feeling well or have had a stressful day. The strongest flavors come from the peppermint and licorice root, although I can taste the subtle flavor of chamomile as well. The fennel and lemon balm hide out in the background contributing a little bit of flavor, but are mostly included for their herbal properties. This is a nice tea to relax with at the end of the day, as long as you aren't turned off by the fact that it contains licorice root. I know many people don't care for the strong, sweet taste of licorice, but it has always been one of my favorite herbal ingredients. I know I'll be keeping some of this on hand for a more natural way to soothe myself after a long day trying day (or a 18 hour trip through various airports.) I don't know a single person who hasn't come back from the airport completely stressed out, do you? Perhaps I'll start packing this in my carry-on when I travel.
Important Medical Note:
When I'm reviewing a purely herbal blend I like to include a run down of some negative effects you may encounter when using an herbal remedy. Keep in mind that I'm not a medical professional and you should always run any herbal remedy by your doctor before trying it. I do this because I care about you and want you to avoid my bad experiences in life. When I was in middle school I had a particularly bad reaction to a commercially prepared juice drink containing St. John's Wort which reacted poorly with my seizure medicine. I never want to repeat that experience and certainly would love for you to learn from my mistakes.
Some herbs do react poorly with medications, even if they seem rather innocuous. In this case licorice root has been shown to elevate blood pressure. If you're taking blood pressure medication you may want to consider looking for a blend that doesn't contain licorice root or ask your doctor if it is ok to have in small doses. If you are suffering from heart trouble or water retention (or even taking water pills) you will also want to avoid licorice root.
There are certainly other medications that will interact with these herbal ingredients, this isn't meant to be an exhaustive list, so please do the safe thing and run any herbal ingredients by your doctor before consuming them.
My Rating: 86/100
Would I order this again? Yes. This is a nice soothing blend perfect for when I'm not feeling at my best.
In an effort to be open with my readers I want to let you know that The Persimmon Tree Tea Company has provided me with two tins of tea for review. As always, all opinions are my own.