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This is one of my favourite teas, and it's the first thing I turn to when I'm feeling under the weather. The steam that wafts up from the cup is aromatic, promising wonderful flavours to come. The various ingredients in the tea blend together beautifully to produce those promised flavours. The colour of the tea is a pleasing red, probably due to a combination of berries and hibiscus.
Although the tea is called Echinacea and Raspberry, there are many more tasty ingredients.
Hibiscus, Echinacea Root* (20%), Orange Leaves*, Orange Peel, Blackberry Leaves*, Natural Flavouring (6%), Natural Raspberry and Strawberry Flavourings With Other Natural Flavourings (6%), Liquorice Root*, Lemon Peel.
To make the tea, simply put one teabag into a mug or cup, pour over boiling water, and wait for 2 or 3 minutes. I like to add a teaspoon of honey, especially if I am starting to get a sore throat, which is sometimes the first symptom of a cold.
I find this tea very comforting, and I'm a great believer in the healing and preventive qualities of Echinacea.
It is believed that Echinacea has been used as a medicinal plant by Native Americans for more than 400 years. It was commonly used in the US during the 19th and 20th Centuries as a cure for a variety of illnesses, but its popularity faded after the discovery of antibiotics. It became popular in Europe during the 1930's as a herbal medicine. A great deal of research into its benefits has been carried out, and it has regained its acceptance as an effective herbal medicine.
I deliver lots of private workshops for adults and I like to offer a range of refreshments including herbal teas.
I personally enjoy echinacea and raspberry and feel quite 'wholesome' as I believe Echinacea boosts the immune system and apparently can keep a cold at bay!
I like the 'pink' of the Twinings box - it tells me the contents are fruity. I like to take the little tea bags from the box. I also like to take are when placing the bag in the bottom of the cup. I find that if I hold the little paper tag as I add boiling water, it prevents it from being 'sucked' into the bottom of the mug when adding water.
I won't pay any more that £1 per box of 20 and they are quite often on offer. At 5p a cup, I feel this is value for money. With many herbal teas, I will generally try to top up with boiling water when I get to the end. I don't feel these are so strong as I have tried add more hot water and the flavour isn't as strong as at the beginning but I still do feel they are value for money.
Ilike the taste - I couldn't tell you what Echinacea tastes like but I do like the raspberry flavour very much
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