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I usually drink black tea prepared with sugar and milk, and can be quite fussy about flavoured or herbal teas as they don't feel like a proper cup of tea in my opinion! I have recently been trying out some different flavoured teas, including green tea, and this Organic Echinacea tea. I bought my tea bags from Holland and Barret where it cost me £1.29 for a box of 20.
Heath & Heather say: "Our expert blenders have gently blended the finest organically grown Echinacea to create a delicate blend, to help support your wellbeing."
The tea bags come in a cardboard box which opens on its side and has a re-closable flap. The tea bags are small pouches with strings attached for dunking and removal. There are little paper tabs on top so you can easily recognise what type of tea it is.
Herbal teas are prepared in a slightly different way to normal and it's important to make sure you read the guidelines before carrying on and getting it wrong! (I have made this mistake before.)
Directions for use: Place the filter bag in a cup or in a warmed pot (one per person). Add boiling water. Leave for 5 minutes to bring out the full flavour.
I remember being forced to drink Echinacea mixtures as a child to help prevent against colds. We would mix this nasty looking brown liquid with a glass of cold water and then down it. The stuff tasted absolutely awful and it was one of those things that I hated having to do. But, Echinacea is reported to be effective in protecting against and reducing the duration of common colds. I was curious to try it as a tea to see if I could reap the benefits without having to suffer the horrible taste.
I find it odd to drink tea without milk, but obviously different tea requires different extras. I usually add one and a half tea spoons of sugar to a mug of this tea, and this is just the right amount of sweetness. Without any sugar the tea tastes bitter and a bit harsh, but with sugar to balance things out it becomes more gentle and actually tastes very pleasant. The tea has quite a delicate flavour when prepared in this way, and I usually leave the tea bags to infuse for the recommended 5 minutes.
This tea by Heath & Heather is made using 100% organically produced organic Echinacea. I'm not sure if I understand their claims that their expert blenders have created a delicate blend, as there is only the one ingredient! But I suppose it may take different parts from the flower and combine them to make the finished tea.
It is recommended to take Echinacea for no longer then 10 days at a time, as the effects will then wear off. I have taken to drinking this at work, and will have one cup of Echinacea tea per day over two weeks, which covers 10 working days. I will be repeating this every month through winter as I am often plagued by colds and anything to reduce this nuisance has to be worth a try.
These tea bags are a fantastic product in my opinion, as it actually makes Echinacea seem fit for consumption! They taste nice, have health benefits, and are 100% organic. I think the price is exceptionally good as well, working out to only 6 pence per tea bag. I would recommend these tea bags and will be continuing to buy them.
Ingredients: Organically Grown Echinacea (100%)
Nutritional Information, typical values per 100ml infusion:
Energy- 18kj 4kcal
Brand: Heath & Heather / / Type: Tea Bags