“ Type: Herbal Tea „
I am detoxing at the moment so I am not eating any processed goods, animal products or drinking any caffeine or alcohol. I am also trying to get my dissertation finished. I am stressed and can not reach out for comfort food. I am allowed herbal and fruit teas and when not drinking pints of water I am downing mugs of tea by the gallon. One brand especially took my fancy. These were the Tranquility teas from Dr Stuart?s Botanical Tea range. I was debating between these and the Ginger and Apple ones from the same range but these won. I chose them because I thought they might chill me out if my disc became corrupted and my lovely 16000 word document becoming completely wiped. I am usually a moody cow so Duskman thought these would be an excellent purchase for me. Perhaps I would instantly become a peace loving chilled out Yoga practicing hippie So what are Tranquility Teas?? It is a naturally caffeine free tea made up of hawthorn and lime flowers. This sounded interesting as I do like the taste of lime. The bags are categories as pharemecoligal DAB Grade 10. This sounds very healthy and sounds like they do work. This standard is there to ensure that he ingredients used in this tea is the highest possible standard. There are twenty individually wrapped sachets in each box and they can be purchased at most good supermarkets and health stores. I think paid about 96 pence for these but they were on special offer in Asda. How do I identify them? They come in a box which is black and green and has a picture of pretty leaves on the front of it. There is a load of hype about their philosophy etc on the box and the ingredients but there is also an important warning not to drink more than four of these tea bags a day. Inside the box are twenty sachets. I like individually wrapped tea bags as they are easier to pop in your bag if you are going to work. Each bag weighs 1.7 grams. So what is in the bags? On inspection of a tea ba
g it looks very like tea with some lighter yellowy white buts. According to the box there are lime flowers (the paler bits), hawthorn berries (I can not see these yarrow and fennel. There is no information on the herbal properties of any of the ingredients How do I prepare them? Stick the kettle on, boil the water and pour over the bag. It recommends two bags if a larger mug is being used. They should be brewed for five minutes for the effect to fully take place. There are also instructions for iced tea. What does it look like? I am looking at my mug now. The hot liquid is a lovely brown colou that actually does look like normal black tea. This is a shame as I love the funky colours that fruit teas produce. What does it smell like?? It smells a bit like green tea. There is no hint of lime which is a shame What does it Taste like? The taste again reminds me of green tea. It tastes a little bitter too. It is perfectly drinkable but not too everybody?s taste. The effect. I have drunk a few mugs of this tea and can not say I have noticed much difference in my mood. I do not feel anymore relaxed than I did before I drank this. I think I would relax better in a nice hot bath with some nice bubble bath preferably with the dreaded :ush products. So the answer to the title is no Would I buy these again? Maybe. The taste was not bad if you like green tea. There was no relaxing effect and I did not feel more tranquil at all. I might buy these but I am more likely to buy some nice fruit teas instead.
I'm stressed, what a day! Firstly I came home at around 3.00p.m after having an Indian Head massage to relieve the stress to find my step son in the back yard when he should have been at school. Apparently he had his school shoes taken while he was doing PE, he tells me they cannot wear trainers so he had to come home. Upon phoning the school it transpires that he had left without their permission! Next I could hear the cat meowing frantically but I couldn't see him. I could hear him outside in between a gap and in our outhouse, where was he. At one point it sounded as if he was underground and the outhouse has a solid floor. I was starting to panic. The fire brigade wouldn't come out until the RSPCA told them too so I had to wait for the RSPCA to arrive. In the meantime the next-door neighbour and myself were pulling off some wooden panels to find the cat well and truly stuck about 3 Foot in the air behind a breezeblock! The poor little thing was desperately trying to push himself through to no avail. I literally had to drag him through a small gap and eventually he came free. The wonders that the massage had done were no more and I was in a pretty bad mood, Dr Stuarts Tranquillity to the rescue! I bought these a couple of months ago from Tesco to aid my new healthy regime. You may know that I am on the slimming world diet and you are only allowed a certain amount of milk per day, therefore if you want cereals you can't have it in tea and coffee or visa versa. My doctor also told me to try and meditate as the stress was causing me really bad headaches. The name Tranquillity was what caught my eye, there were plenty of fruit teas on the market but this was aimed specifically at relaxation. The box itself is quite simple in a dark green with the name Dr Stuart's across the top. Arched above this is states Botanical teas and underneath, only natural products. This all gives the feeling of som
ething simple, effective and healthy. The name Tranquillity stands out in capitals above all else but you can't help but notice also the words, naturally caffeine free. This is excellent news for people who react badly to caffeine or those who are simply trying to omit it from their diet. I had no idea what this would taste like even though you could see clearly that it was made from hawthorn and lime flowers. There's a picture of a couple of types of flowers and some red berries on the box, they look lovely, but how would they taste? At least with fruit teas you have a vague idea of what to expect, I decided it was worth a try. There are 20 enveloped bags in a box and they cost me £1.39, which I didn't think was bad value. They are more expensive than traditional fruit teas though. One thing I didn't understand on the box was, 'pharmacopoeial grade D.A.B 10' upon further examination this is a measure of purity measured by German Pharmaceutical standards. I'm assured by both the packaging and the website that as it's graded 10 this means excellent quality. Dr Stuart himself was one of the first highly qualified scientists in recent times to widely support and promote the beneficial values of the plant kingdom, he is described as 'the father of modern herbalism' Once home I was eager to try them. You have to turn the box on its side and open a panel to reveal 20 enveloped bags. There is quite a strong smell as the box is opened; it smells quite herbal and maybe a little bit menthol. It reminded me a little of aniseed/liquorish too. The smelled nice but do they taste nice? To make them you need to pour boiling water on to a tea bag or two if it's a large mug and wait at least five minutes for it to brew, Natural Botanical teas apparently take longer to infuse! You can also make iced tea by adding 6 bags to a cup and two cups of chilled mineral water; you can add
ice cubesand sweetener to taste. Both are as equally relaxing and taste ok. The tea bags are easy to open and the bag is attached to the envelope by a piece of string, this stays attached so that it's much easier to remove the teabag from your cup. Each envelope displays the name, ingredients and instructions so if they are left out individually people can see exactly what they're drinking! I'm not going to kid you; most herbal and fruit teas are an acquired taste. I'm sure there is a hint of liquorish/aniseed in the taste but only slight, of course that could just be me! If I remember rightly it tastes a little like Chinese tea, a hint of menthol but really quite bland. I think this makes it more palatable as some teas like peppermint are very strong and I just cannot stomach them. Of course others might compare it to dish water so I would advise you to buy it from Tesco and then if you don't like it you can take it back under their no quibble guarantee! lol I've been sipping one while writing this op and I do feel more relaxed, I'm not sure if it just the soothing experience of a warm drink or the tea itself. I do feel that each time I've had some of this tea that a feeling of calm comes over me and my mind isn't racing as much. I rarely drink it through the day unless I'm particularly stressed but I do like a cup at night before bed. It makes a nice change from ordinary tea and coffee and is much better for you. Tranquillity contains Lime Flowers, Hawthorne Berries,Yarrow, Scullcap and Fennel. There is nothing artificial in it whatsoever. Dr Stuart produces a range of herbal teas, fruit teas and green teas, all renowned for their quality. If you would like further information you can contact them on 01903740530 or visit their website at: www.onlynaturalproducts.co.uk They are available in most supermarkets and health food stores and are available in other countries outside
the UK like Canada, Japan and Spain, the website lists details of these outlets. I would urge you to give them a try but they may not be to your taste.
A lot of nonsense and rubbish has been written over the years about the hocus pocus powers of herbal teas and infusions. I never believed any of it and as a skeptic was put off the whole idea. Once in a while a friend would offer me a cup or sip of some foul tasting brew which would “do wonders” for me – like make me gag or feel nauseous. A couple of months ago I had an epiphany while stressing out over some exam revision. Desperate to find a calming potion after too much coffee and studying I tried a cup of Tranquility from the Dr. Stuart’s Botanical Teas range – (available from larger supermarkets and health food shops like Holland & Barrett). Strewth it didn’t half taste awful but I choked it down and went back to my books. About half an hour later I was feeling decidedly less stressed and thought I would try to choke down another cup. The instructions on the box state “not more than 4 cups a day” eeek what on earth had I just drunk? Some hideous cocktail of narcotics? – no, merely hawthorn and lime flowers. That explains the “acquired taste” but seems harmless enough to I had another cup and to hell with it. Over a period of a few days a sense of calm seemed to descend on my revision and I went into my exams not the usual stressed out bag of nerves but a calmer bag of nerves. I was able to answer the papers and put together cohesive arguments for this and that and will now just need to wait to see if the markers approved of my tranquil approach. No I wasn’t in some foggy brain state just what passes for “normal” in real life conditions. The taste I have come to terms with, and although not really enjoy, can sip without really noticing. I still need a lot of convincing about the powers of herbal tea and other alternative therapies per say, but am happy that this product really works for me.
Stress is a common occurrence in modern life, the avoidance of caffeine can be helpful. Tranquillity, for relaxing at the more hectic times, is achieved using a blend of traditional herbs renowned for their calming, soothing and mellow properties. A relaxing tea with hawthorn and lime flowers, delicious at any time of day.