Product Type: Heath & Heather Tea
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Heath & Heather Raspberry Leaf Tea
Member Name: rachpirt
Heath & Heather Raspberry Leaf Tea
Advantages: Great as an iced tea
Disadvantages: Not to everyones taste
-----**Before I start my review, I must state that Heath and Heather warn on the packet that this product should be avoided by those in early pregnancy. If in doubt seek medical advice. **---
------How I first came across this product: --------
Raspberry leaf tea was recommended to me whilst I was in the latest stage of pregnancy (from 37 weeks onwards) as it is supposed to have properties that encourage contractions. I thought I would give it a whirl. My midwife said there was no concrete evidence to suggest that it would work, but seeing as I was eating pineapple by the kilo I thought I would try this too. Sadly it had no affect on bringing on labour for me at all but I would like to share my experiences of this product as a drink in its own right. The fact that it didn't bring labour on for me does not cloud my judgement of the product; as my midwife said, there was no evidence that it actually did help to bring on labour.
------What Heath and Heather Say about this product:------
A fragrant blend of raspberry leaf, natural flavour and real apple pieces combine to make this delicate tea.
------My initial cup of Raspberry Leaf Tea:------
I first tried this product in the traditional way that one would drink herbal tea, by following the directions.
------Directions on the packet:------
Place the filter bag in a cup or a warmed pot (one per person). Add boiling water. Leave for 3-5 minutes to bring out the full flavour. Best drunk without milk.
(I also added to this some honey).
The flavour is quite subtle, as stated on the packet. You can really pick out the apple flavour. However, it does not have a strong raspberry flavour as one would imagine; I guess this is because the product is make from the leaf of the plant rather than the fruit. Prior to adding the honey I found that the flavour was a little bitter, and by adding honey it took the edge off this. However everyone's taste buds differ and others may find that honey is not needed. The aroma is quite pleasant too; again it matches the subtlety of the flavour.
As a drink I found that this was quite enjoyable and very soothing. As with most herbal teas this product does not contain caffeine, so it was an enjoyable warm drink and a healthier alternative to traditional caffeinated tea or coffee.
------I started to experiment:------
Ok I was waiting for the baby to come, house bound because I was huge and well the baby had been 'engaged' in the right place for some time now. Therefore I was a little bored...
The weather was rather warm when I was at this stage of my pregnancy; so in an attempt to try the theory as mentioned at the beginning of my review, I started to experiment with ways of making this into a summer drink. After one or two goes I found that the following blend was rather a pleasant experience.
I used three teabags and put them into a large jug, I then poured on boiled but slightly cooled water. When the tea was cold I added some ice cubes, a handful of fresh mint and a generous handful of sliced strawberries. I found that the mint and strawberries brought out the fruity flavour of the drink and I really enjoyed sipping this in the warm sunshine. I found that not only was the taste enjoyable but it was a refreshing drink as well! I am glad I experimented with this product. I think I preferred this method of making the tea to the traditional way. However, my judgement is partly swayed by the mini heatwave that we had in England during April!
I bought a 40g box which contained 20 tea bags. I bought the product from Holland and Barrett where it cost me £1.05. The product contains the following ingredients: raspberry leaves (48%), Hibiscus, Blackberry Leaves, Natural raspberry Flavour 96%), Tartaric Acid, Rosehips, raspberries (1%), Apple Pomace (1%).
I thought that it was good value for money as the Best Before Date is December 2008 and I originally bought this product in April 2007.
------Other opinions about the product:------
Many of my friends who I have met through being pregnant also tried this product. Opinion was divided about the taste of this product, many of my friends found the tea flavourless; however some of these were used to traditional tea and were not big fans of herbal tea anyway.
Heath and Heather Raspberry Leaf Tea in my opinion is refreshing. It is a lovely alternative to other warm drinks. As an iced tea it works rather nicely too. For a pregnant lady was also a good alternative whilst my friends were sipping Pimms in the sunshine! I didn't feel so left out. If you are in your last few days of pregnancy and just want to get on with going into labour well, I cannot say it works, but for £1.05 a box and a nice taste it is worth a try.
Summary: Refreshing as an iced tea, not quite the desired affect on my condition!