Today I was woken up around 4 AM coughing up a lung, hopefully that means that allergy season has started and not that I am developing another lung infection. As annoying as that was the lungs have a silver lining...wait...what I mean is I got to play Minecraft for the first time in almost a month and I got to try out the fancy new Nature texture pack, very lovely new Skeletons. I also was gifted with a nice new teacup, a new journal since I filled my other one up (sadly it is not as fancy, but it was only 50 cents) new boots, and Indian food. Even though I feel icky I have had a good day. Today I am going to review a nice herbal tisane, hooray!
PureTea by Raizana Teas was one of those instant 'I have to try this tea' the moment I saw it, the reason why is because it is formulated to detox the liver and aid in gallbladder health. I do not have a gallbladder, sadly about six years ago it up and died but my liver misses it and just does not know what to do with all its bile (the gall of some organs) so eating can cause it to freak out sometimes. The magical ingredients in this tea are Rooibos, Indian Sarsaparilla Root, Roasted Dandelion Root, Burdock Root, Milk Thistle, Stevia, Mango Flavors, and Chicory, all herbs that are supposed to be good at detox and gallbladder health. The aroma of this tea is sweet and very pleasantly herbal, I am always pleased when a medicinal tea actually smells like something worth consuming. It blends the leafy, earthy, and slightly bitter root aromas with a fruity tropical sweetness for really intriguing and clean smelling dry leaves.
Time to break in my nice new teacup! Once brewed the aroma of the Rooibos is much stronger, very earthy with a touch of sweet citrus. There is, of course, a strong herbaceous aroma that blends really well with the Rooibos earthiness. The liquid has creamy sweet notes which are a bit mouthwatering, also strong herbaceous notes. The aroma is a mix between a medicinal tea and a dessert tea, if only all medicine smelled so good.
Well, I can certainly say this is one of the best tasting medicinal teas I have ever had the pleasure of drinking. The flavor is a mix of tropical fruit (more papaya than mango) sweetness and Rooibos earthiness with a hint of fresh leaves. There is none of that bitter taste that a lot of medicinal teas have, it is a tea I can see myself drinking for pleasure and not just because I need it for health reasons. As the tea cools it takes on a honey sweetness as well. But with medicinal teas taste is not everything, how I feel is also important. The first thing I notice is my insides feel cooled, similar to the cooling effect of mint tea, it also seems to have a mild expectorant quality since my chest seems to be loosening up. I do not feel as 'heavy' as I had been feeling lately, my body feels cleaner, it also seems to be a mild diuretic so detoxing seems to be happening. I think I am going to have to add this as a daily tea since I also read that Indian Sarsaparilla is supposed to help with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Psoriasis. If I am really lucky this tea will combat bile dumps after eating too, I guess I need to eat a really fatty meal and drink this tea immediately to find out.