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I purchased a box of this tea a few years ago when I was in my local spices shop. I rarely drink 'regular' tea and coffee, preferring to opt for herbal teas or decaffeinated coffees. I had never heard of Cerassie tea before, but thought I would give it a try.
Cerassie tea is Caribbean in origin, and is said to promote blood cleansing to give a healthier body. I had recently experienced depleted energy levels due to extensive studying, and thought the tea might help to give me a boost. The first time I drank a cup of the tea I did not notice any real improvement on my energy levels, so I followed it up with a second cup a few hours later. About half way through the cup I noticed I was feeling a little livelier, and my motivation had increased slightly. I am very wary of this kind of feeling following consumption of a product that is said to assist you in this way, as I feel the result can most often be attributed to placebo effect. However, I was able to get more work done in this frame of mind. I did not always experience the same sensation after drinking a cup of the tea, but downing on average one cup a day for the next two weeks I felt my motivation had improved overall.
Being a regular consumer of herbal teas I did not find the Cerassie tea to be overly unpleasant in taste. However, it does leave an aftertaste that manages to be both sour and bitter at the same time. I found it helpful to drink the tea with a sweet biscuit close by, and although you are not supposed to add milk to the tea I drank it with soya milk to neutralise the aftertaste a little.
I purchased a box of twenty four teabags for £1.10 from my local shop, and while I have not seen it in supermarkets, it is available online from the following sources:
£1.35 from baldwins.co.uk
£2.09 from theasiancookshop.co.uk
I do not drink the tea every day now, but I often resort to it when I am feeling sluggish or run down. Its effects are not noticeable every time, but I do very often feel in a better frame of mind having enjoyed a cup of the product. For such a reasonable price, I would recommend the product to those who are open to trying something new, and are willing to endure the unique taste to try to achieve it.
I am a generally fit student, but when the excesses of being an international super hunk (only joking) get be down this helps pick me up. My mother is Malaysian, and has a Jamaican-Dutch cousin. She came over to see us, but had to go home as she was refused a visa - anyway - before she left, she dropped this off for us. It's a very bitter tea, made just like normal tea but without milk. It tastes awful - like a tablespoon on cocktail bitters mixed with a teaspoon of water, well not that bad, but it does have a nasty kick and a bitter aftertaste. Take it with sugar or honey. As the name suggests, it come from the Cerassie plants that grow in the Carribean. I drank it for about 2 months, until i ran out - I had 48 bags. I went to a local West Indian market stall where I saw 24 bags for £1.55 I have stocked up. Whenever I get hungover at university, and I need to go out or write an essay in the evening I take this. I feel refreshed, and this and a shower will wake you up more than 3 cups of coffee - and they'll be far better for your body too. It cleans out, and I feel it work. It also seems to help get rid of the winter blues (although I think that might just be the walmth). I've also heard that it can be good for all sorts of illnesses - including HIV. I'm not sure about that, but that seems a dangerous claim to make. Enjoy it for what it is - an afternoon wake up and detoxifier.
I have been using cerassie recently for my low immune system and boy does it work, I have been feeling poorly for 3 months, stress related work, lone parent, London living & all the rest, my boyfriend mum is Jamaican so he introduce me to it, and it has really had an impact, I have done some research on it and this is what i have found - : It's also called Bitter Melon ( Momordica charantia )Bitter melon grows in tropical areas,including parts of Asia,the Caribbean,and South America, where it is used as a food as well as medicine. The fruit of this plant lives up to its name- it tastes very bitter. Although the seeds, leaves and vine of bitter melon have all been used, the fruit is the safest and most prevalent part of the plant used medicinally. At least three different groups of constituents in cerassie have been reported to have hypoglycemic ( blood sugar lowering ) or other actions of potential benefit in diabetes mellitus. This include a mixture of steroids saponin Known as charantin, insulin-like peptides, and alkaloids. Two Proteins, known as alpha- and beta-momorcharin inhibit the AIDS virus, but this research has only been demonstrated in test tubes but not in humans. Sounds interesting? then you can buy the teabags real cheap in any westIndian food store in London, and maybe other areas? BE WARNED IT AIN'T A PLEASANT TASTE.
Also known as Corilla, comes from specially grown Cerassie plants of the Caribbean. Suggested to be a good cleanser of the blood, giving a healthier fitter and stronger body