There is a fashionable trend around at the moment which suggests we should be drinking tea for its health benefits rather than just its ability to quench our thirst. It’s no longer good enough to drink tea just because you like it; a plethora of varieties have hit our shelves, claiming to do us some good.
For the last month or so I have been trying out one such brand. Adagio teas, which has recently entered the UK market (an American company), are an artisan tea producer with a wide range of black and green teas. With a whole section on their website providing information on why tea is good for you, they sent me their “Body and Soul” three-tin-set, which claims to be good for your throat, your belly, and your whole body.
An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but when the apples let you down, tea comes to the rescue. Long revered for comforting qualities, tea and herbal blends can offer care and kindness to your body and soul.
The three large tins of loose leaf herbal tea have been blended from all kinds of ingredients to “easy the effects of the winter cooties” (told you they were American) and “promote overall health and wellness”.
Blended with milk thistle, burdock, green rooibos tea, cinnamon bark, peppermint leaves, dandelion root & lemon balm. Cleanse your body while lifting your spirits with the minty freshness and spicy zest of our Tea-Tox tea.
Blended with licorice root, raspberry leaves, hibiscus flowers, orange peels, cinnamon bark, aniseed & slippery elm. Treat your sore throat to the warm and soothing embrace of sweet licorice, calming anise and fresh raspberry leaves.
Blended with senna leaf, licorice root, green rooibos tea, orange peels, chicory, aniseed, slippery elm, pu erh poe tea & ginger root. Calm your stomach with soothing senna while relaxing your senses with the natural sweetness of our anise and liquorice blend.
The tea, which takes 15 minutes to infuse (15 whole minutes, that’s a long time to wait for a cuppa, but I guess this particular tea is about relaxing and looking after yourself), is nothing like standard herbal tea bags. This is much nicer. It must be nice as I generally dislike herbal tea, but I’ve been working my way through these surprisingly quickly. None of the blends in this set are particularly strong, but they do have nice flavour and are very drinkable – especially in the afternoon.
As for the health benefits, I am definitely not qualified to comment on whether they are medically sound or not. I do think the Happy Belly tea assisted in calming my stomach down on a couple of occasions, and I did find the Throat Therapy soothing when I was suffering with a sore throat. But whether that was as a result of the specific blend I was drinking or just the fact I was having a warm herbal drink rather than anything else I can’t comment.
I feel I should also mention the infuser. I was sent it so I could get the most from the tea and I really like it. Most infusers I have come across, including the ones I own, are small so when your tea expands with the hot water it ends up filling the little container and doesn’t have any room to move about. This infuser is massive, the size of a mug (in fact too big for some mugs!), meaning your tea can sit and float about to its hearts content during the 15 minutes or so it takes to turn your water into something lovely to drink. I also like how the lid keeps your tea hot, and then is a handy coaster for your infuser when you take it out of your mug to drink your tea. A nicely designed thing.
I must be honest and say that blends like these from Adagio Teas are not going to replace my beloved Earl Grey for an afternoon tea-drinking treat, but it might just make its way into my cupboard as a healthier alternative to the caffienated stuff. And that is high praise from the girl who hates herbal tea.
I received the Body and Soul tea along with the infuser for the purposes of a review. I have, as always, simply told you what I think.