Tea Company: TeaFrog (website)
Ingredients: White Mistletoe, Bean Hip, St. John’s Wort, Birch Leaves, Gingko Biloba, Stinging Nettle, Lemongrass
Vendor Suggested Preparation: 1tbsp/cup, boiling water, steep 5-7 minutes
I am waiting for the world to invent a tension taming tea that has the flavor of a stiff, stout Irish Breakfast and the sedative clout of two Tylenol P.M.’s. That hasn’t happened yet. So until then, I’m stuck experimenting with the lighter flavor of traditional herbal concoctions.
Most herbal stress busters lean on a lemony base, and TeaFrog’s Stress Reliever fits the stereotype. It’s pleasantly lemongrass-heavy when you examine the dry blend and when you drink a steeped cup. (I couldn’t pick up on any other distinct flavors; however, I’m not sure I want to know what bean hip or stinging nettle tastes like straight up.) Do follow the proportions and steeping time carefully—this one definitely needs the “longer to be stronger” technique.
As for the medicinal value: while Stress Reliever didn’t knock me out into 8 hours of dreamless soul-restoring sleep, it did seem to take the edge off after a nonstop semi-homicidal screamer day . Well worth the pantry space for a relaxing nightcap.
You can purchase the Stress Reliever directly from the TeaFrog website.
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