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I am off on holiday in 2 weeks, and although I REALLY tried not to leave everything to the last minute it still feels like I have! I am constantly buying little bits to go in the suitcase from insect repellent, to underwear to a new toothbrush it seems I am always buying stuff! Being on the go with work, and madam breaking up for summer etc I have had more than a few late nights and early mornings so monday night I decided to be in bed nice and early by 10pm. As a way to soothe me and get me in the zone I resorted back to my favourite Camomile tea and since I have been taking a tea bag to work a day to enjoy with my breakfast in the morning!
The picture is a bit outdated as the box is now blue, and Twinings have revamped the logo on their boxes so it has more of a swirl design (which to be honest has nothing to do with tea at all!) and a small picture of camomile flowers. The box is easy to open with a strip around the side to open the box. Inside are 20 teabags and these are rather cheap (in my opinion) costing £1.29 but on offer at Tesco currently with 2 boxes from the range for £2.
The tea is really easy to make, simply boil the kettle, pop the tea bag in a mug and add hot water. I find it takes a while to diffuse as I don't like to mix it up too much, and tend to drink the tea with the bag still in the water as I can get away with making a cheeky 2 or 3 cups of tea from the same bag!
The smell of the tea is really neutral, slightly sweet and very wholesome. The quality of Twinings Camomile tea tastes great, very rich without being overpowering and still really soothing. I like to enjoy this tea once it has cooled down (so as not to burn my tongue/lips!) and it is really refreshing. I usually drink this before bed and find it really calming, so my work colleagues found it strange me drinking it at work but I also find it really delicious with a a breakfast roll in the morning and a great way to kick start my day.
In terms of preference, I can get away with having this with no sugar if there is none, and I'm not too fussed, but I do usually like to add just 1 tea spoons of sugar to sweeten it up a bit, any more and this makes it slightly too sweet for my personal taste.
The tea is caffeine free, which is great as I am not really a fan of anything caffeinated (coke or coffee yuck! But will drink the occasional red bull lol) and all herbs are "natural" and gently steamed to protect their delicate taste (according to the box) so you I feel at ease that I am drinking a genuine tea not filled with additives/sweeteners etc and it's one of the few things I consume that are good for me!
Overall I love Camomile tea, and with the Twinings brand you really can't go wrong so I would definitely recommend it. It makes more than 1 cup of tea with just one bag so you really are getting good value for money so I have to give it 5 stars!
A few years ago now I decided to give up 'normal' (and by that I mean caffiniated) tea and coffee as a new years resolution. i thought it would be quite hard but I soon realised I didn't actually like the taste of them, it was more a habit thing to have a hot drink, and I soon found fruit tea filled that gap. I was more keen on fruit tea that on herbal tea, btu I have tried a quite a few of both, from a variety of brands, including named brands (like twinings and tetley) and supermarket own brands liek Asda, Sainsburys and Tesco. I gave Twinings pur chamomile a go as I wasn't sure if it fell into the fruity tea catagory or the herbal tea catagory!
Pure Chamomile tea comes in a cardboard box, whcih is great as it is 100% recyclable. Inside the box are twenty tea bags. To make a cup you put a tea bag in the cup and pour boiling water over the top. You leave the tea bag in theri to brew for a legnth of time of your choice, depending on how strong you want to drink it. I don't know anyone who lieks to add milk, but I know several people who liek to add suagr to sweeten it up a bit.
Tea tea is very light and yellow in appearance. It has a very weak, subtle and lightly flowry taste to it. It is fresh, summery and non offensive, btu for me it just doesn't have enough substance to it. It doesn thave enough of a aflavour for me to say it was nice. It also doesnt have enough of a flavour for me to say it was horrible. It is somewhere in between and for me gets lost in the middle.
I have heard wonders about the relaxation power of chamomile. I did not notice any of these effects, but maybe that is because I did not drink enough and I am a bit of a cynic!
I would not go out and buy this tea again, as i didn not like it enough, but if a cup of it was offered to me, I would drink it, as it wasn't horrible, it was just ... nothing!
Camomile tea can be an acquired taste I didn't like it when I first tried it and would add honey to sweeten but now I really like it plain and find it a relaxing and pleasant drink hot in winter or cold in the summer.
Health properties of camomile
Camomile belongs to the daisy family and its tea has been used for centuries for its therapeutic effects. It's most widely known as a mild sedative and relaxant to help relieve insomnia but has also been used to treat stomach ailments, fevers and colds, menstrual cramps.
The pharmacological properties behind these traditional health benefits have been discovered (and its use validated through extensive research at Kings college) and camomile has been found to have many therapeutic properties such as antiallergenic, antifungal, antispasmodic, and antibacterial activity. Three cups are usually recommended daily although it is fine to have more although its best to avoid in pregnancy as it may stimulate contractions. I have found that since I gave up caffeine during pregnancy I have now become really sensitive to it, and a coffee in the morning can leave me unable to sleep by night, and this stuff really helps relax me either then or just when I have a lot on my mind.
I also find it really soothing if I have a sore throat with a teaspoon of honey added.
Camomile may also be used externally and many beauty products list it as an ingredient. It may be used in a bath to help eczema and I have tried this on my daughter and it seemed to help sooth her and make her less itchy and distressed. Camomile is also used in hair products and strongly brewed and cooled tea may be used as a final rinse when washing your hair to promote shine and if used regularly a gentle lightener - though don't expect to look like you've hit the bleach bottle because it's subtle.
Twinings camomile tea.
I have tried several brands of tea and you tend to get what you pay for, cheaper brands are usually weaker but contain more bags for your money so you can just use two if too weak. Twinings camomile costs around £1.50 for 25 bags and is quite strong with a clean refreshing taste. I would buy this tea again for its taste but for economy would probably opt for a cheaper brand.
I drink these occasionally at work when they come with the hot beverages ordered for meetings.
The flavour is best described as light but pleasant, but for those wanting something more than the traditionally delicate flavour of camomile tea, I recommend leaving the bag in for at least three minutes to allow a fuller flavour to infuse.
The drink is long and smooth rather than sharp and distinctive - very mellow and easy to drink. But, it's fair to say that the overall effect is powerfully relaxing and packs more of a punch than the innocuous looking packaging would imply: the overriding effect of the drink is stabilising and refreshing.
In other forms (selection packs etc.) Twinings Camomile herbal infusions are branded as a "moment of calm". I can certainly testify as to that - this herbal infusion is ideal to drink before (or after!) a stressful meeting or when working to a demanding deadline, and the lack of caffeine (which can be debilitating in excessive quantities) makes it even more so.
When it comes to herbal teas I go through stages with them. Sometimes I love them and sometimes I hate them but always I prefer flipping normal tea to be totally honest with you lol! However I do like teas that promise to help my body and my mind and give them a whirl quite often.
I do drink alot of fennel tea which I really do actually enjoy which aids digestion (works for me anyway!). It's the only tea (other than ordinary) that I can honestly say I would go into say a cafe and order (if of course they had it). I would love to be someone who genuinely liked herbal and fruit infusions because even if they don't do anything for you as such they are just plants or fruits or whatever in water and I only buy caffeine free ones which means I use them from time to time to replace my caffeine fuelled hits!
I bought this particular tea as it was called 'a moment of calm'. I do get stressed out like a lot of us do from time to time and thought this would be a feel good tea/infusion that may help sooth my overactive brain!
Light blue cardboard box with a perforated tab to the top of it On the front I'm told that the product is Twinnings 'A moment of calm' Pure Camomile Teabags. I'm told there are 20 bags in the box and that they are naturally caffeine free, net weight is listed (30g) and finally there is a lovely picture of camomile flowers on the front and on that in small writing I'm told that these are made from all natural ingredients. On the side of the box I'm told a little about the product, directions for use are given and there is a bar-code on there.On the back of the box I'm given lots of information on the bags and nutritional information is given. On the base of the box contact details for Twinnings are given, the recycle symbol is displayed and finally the best before date is clearly stamped on. It's a nice, classy looking box that looks trustworthy and honest!
A Bit About The Product According To The Back Of The Box....
A delicately aromatic infusion with relaxing properties. It's the camomile pollen heads used in this infusion that give it it's uniquely subtle taste with delicate floral hints and beautiful sunny golden colour. It's naturally caffeine free and has no added sugar, so it's ideal fro drinking when you want to wind down at the end of the day.
At Twinnings, we believe the secret of creating great taste lies in the ingredients you choose to work with. That's why we've used all natural ingredients and nothing else in our green and white teas and all our infusions. That means no artificial flavours - just the real thing.
Directions For use..
Allow one bag per person and leave to infuse for two to three minutes in freshly boiled water. Try adding honey for some extra sweetness.
To enjoy cold, just allow the infusion to cool before drinking straight away.
Always best enjoyed without milk.
Making this drink is really simple. Just plop your white and square in shape teabag into a cup/mug or teapot (if you wanna be fancy lol) and allow to brew for a couple of minutes and remove the bag and voila job done.
The only ingredient in this is infusion is camomile. Not anything else at all and what you end up with is a darkish greeny coloured watery drink rather than the promised sunshine I was expecting. No bits of the camomile escape from the bag and the infusion actually does smell of one flower (which it is) and is quite prettily floral which is then odd to drink really lol.
Taste wise it's ok. I can't rave about it but it is ok. It's quite mild in flavour but does taste like your drinking a very weak flower juice but at least I don't have to hold my nose and once drunk the infusion leaves no odd aftertaste.
For me I prefer this cold but it's perfectly acceptable in any way you want to drink it.
Well I wasn't bothered when drinking it. I didn't like the flavour but then there was nothing to hate about it at the same time. It was bearable rather than enjoyable. However....
I don't know if it's in the mind or whether this really does simply work somehow but I always feel really mellow after drinking it. You could say I allow myself to think that but even the first few times when I started drinking this and disliking it and feeling it was a complete waste of my time and money to buy these after consumption I felt really serene.
For example I just wrote a thousand word review for this site, went to submit it, clicked a box I shouldn't have and lost all my work! I was livid as it was perfect, spell checked and ready for the world to see and it had took me ages too! So I had a cup of this and straight afterwards I felt so relaxed that here I am writing again! For some reason it just tends to keep me on track although focus is difficult cos I feel so chilled that I could do with a nap now lol!
I wouldn't deliberetly choose to drink this for the flavour of them but the benefits are so rewarding to me and I feel so much better for drinking less caffeine in general (I don't get so many muscle spasms when I'm asleep now I drink herbal infusions from time to time) that for me the benefits outweigh the taste and I can tolerate it. It'll never be my chosen drink but it has led me to believe that these kinds of drinks are a good idea and to continue my search for others maybe that taste better lol!
Twinings Pure Camomile Tea
Twinings describe their pure camomile tea as a delicately aromatic infusion with relaxing properties. Camomile tea is part of their infusions range which means no artificial flavours, just the real thing. The teas in this range have been inspired with relaxation in mind. Twinings say that you'll find the mellow and soothing infusions are just right for when you feel like relaxing a little during the day or last thing at night.
Camomile fits in very well with this range then because it is used medically against sore stomachs, irritable bowel syndrome and as a gentle sleep aid.
Apparently, according to the packaging, it's the camomile pollen heads that are used in this tea that gives it its uniquely subtle taste with delicate floral hints and beautifully sunny colour. The taste to me is definitely a floral taste. I think that it sort of has a bit of a lavender smell to it and a taste like it too although it is not as strong as the smell. The aftertaste leaves you with a bit of a floral taste too but it is not sickly or weird in my opinion.
They are correct too in that this tea is very light. I generally steep mine for about 5 minutes, which is long for me as I do not like strong tea, but this still has a very light yellow colour to it. A refreshing taste is probably the best way to describe this tea. I tend to drink this in the evening when I want something to unwind with. This is the way Twinings recommend drinking it too. It's naturally caffeine free and has no added sugar so it's perfect before you go to sleep. It's also great as a healthy option too due to the fact that no sugar is added.
I would have to say that yes, I do find it quite relaxing and always feel refreshed and clear headed after drinking it which is nice. It's best to drink camomile tea without milk as I think adding milk would totally ruin the flavour.
A box comes with 20 bags inside it and costs £0.92. The box is yellow with a picture of camomile on the front which makes it very easy to spot. In my opinion a nice relaxing tea.
A short while ago I went a bit crazy with tea reviews - my aim was to find the ultimate 'healthy but drinkable' tea, and my quest led me to some unusual concoctions. Easily the most hideous was 'Dr Stuart's Detox', which I found to be the most evil tasting drink ever to have passed my lips; whilst the most pleasant were the teas which comprised Twinings 'A Moment of Calm' range.
I recently realized that I hadn't reviewed any camomile tea, and so purchased a box of Twinings Pure Camomile which costs 95p for 20 teabags from Tesco. The product is available from the majority of supermarkets, and can also be found in a selection of health food shops.
Camomile has a long list of medical benefits associated with it, and along with being a mild sleeping aid, it can help aid digestion, promote healthy teeth and gums, and potentially prevent certain cancers - although this hasn't been fully proven.
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The text on the box suggests that camomile pollen heads are used in the tea's blend which gives the product a "uniquely subtle taste with delicate floral hints and a beautiful sunny golden colour" - but how does it actually taste?
The flavour is of Twinings Pure Camomile is very similar to that of green tea - generally very bland and pretty unappetizing. However, with camomile I can detect a very slight spicy aftertaste which makes it a bit more flavoursome than green tea. I usually add half a spoon of sugar, which makes it a lot easier to consume - but this does take away some of the health benefits, most notably the healthy teeth claim!
On the whole, Twinings Pure Camomile is drinkable, but it's not really a pleasant experience. I will finish off the box I have opened, but next time I purchase camomile it will be in combination with another fruit flavour.
Due to my constant lack of energy I had decided to try a new eating plan, which my sister Helen had recommended; this involved cutting out wheat, yeast, milk and all stimulants. I must admit I do like my cups of tea so I thought this was going to be a real problem for me, but not at all. Helen had kindly left some camomile tea bags in my kitchen so I decided to try one, not expecting too much from it at all. I was very pleasantly surprised so read on for the details.
The name of the product is Twinings Pure Camomile Tea. They are currently priced at 86p for a box of 20 or two boxes for £1.40 in Tesco's. They are also available in boxes of 50 which are about £2 or so. The tea is made purely from selected camomile and as such is 100% natural and caffeine free. It is well known for its soothing and calming properties; which is another attraction for me as I am full time carer to my parents one of whom has Alzheimers disease so stress is quite a problem for me.
The teabags come in a yellow box with a picture of camomile flowers on the front, together with the classic Twinings logo. The box is wrapped in cellophane and should not be purchased if the seal is broken. The back of the box features some information about Camomile and it's benefits.
You just pop a teabag in a mug or a cup fill it with hot water, allow it to stand for a minute or two, until it is the strength you like, then remove the teabag and drink. Its a good idea to let it cool a bit first though!! Seriously, if I am thirsty, I just add a bit of cold water after I remove the teabag and then its ready to drink straight away. You can add a spoonful of honey if you like your drinks to taste sweeter but I find its great as it is. By the way you do NOT add milk to this tea, so it is also great for people who have to follow a milk free diet.
Now how can I describe this without being indelicate? All those of you who have tried camomile tea know exactly where Im going with this one dont you? LOL! Im sorry to say it does actually look like a strong urine sample! Thats the best way I can describe it to give you a mental image of how it looks. Luckily the taste and the smell are quite different.
Now this one is also hard to describe but in a much nicer way I can assure you. I can only assume it smells like camomile, but since this is something which I have never smelt I really dont know for sure. The smell is fragrant, inviting and very pleasant.
Oh blimey this is getting more difficult how can I describe a taste? Its not too strong, although as I said earlier you can let the teabag infuse for as long as you wish thus altering the strength of the drink. It has a fragrant almost spicy taste with tones of apple sorry but thats about the best I can do, Im not good at describing tastes and smell at all Im afraid! Youre just going to have to try it for yourself arent you?
Well I have noticed that I am not quite as stressed as I used to be, although I am never going to have a calm and peaceful existence given my circumstances. The reduction in stress may be from the elimination of caffeine, or from the addition of camomile tea or from a mixture of both these things, but whichever way it happened it can only be a good thing.
I now drink this as regularly as I used to drink ordinary tea and I find it equally as refreshing.
Of course another great thing for me at least is that it has no calories cant be bad eh?
SO WHERE DO YOU BUY IT THEN?
As I said earlier Tesco's stock this within quite a good range of herbal teas. They are also available form most supermarkets, Boots, or Holland & Barrett, the health food shop, where they stock a wide selection of herbal infusions. They can also be purchased by mail order from various internet companies, so theyre very easy to get hold of and so reasonably priced too, what more do you want?
"It is profitable for all sorts of agues that come either from phlegm, or melancholy, or from an inflammation of the bowels, being applied when the humours causing them shall be concocted". Camomile; and this is only an extract from the list of its uses Nicholas Culpeper gave us in his "Complete Herbal". Ok, Culpeper wrote this in the 1640's, but he talks about the same Camomile that Twinings, Heath and Heather, and various healthfood shops sell in their tea-bags. Camomile 'tea' has been used for its very mild sedative properties for ages. To call it a tea is a misnomer, as in fact it is a herbal 'tisane' or weak infusion of the flowers of the plant. You don't need to buy this as a tea bag; loose camomile flowers can be purchased from good health food shops, or, if you are adventurous, picked from your garden. You can prepare a camomile tisane in the same way as preparing loose leaf tea - put some in a pot and pour on boiling water. I'm not sure if warming the pot makes a better brew though. If you want to be really authentic and grow some Camomile, you're in luck, as its a really pretty flower, unlike, for example, the Nettle ( widely used in herbal tisanes). It looks a bit like a daisy, with a large golden centre, and lots of little white petals. And it smells lovely, like a sort of 'appley' daisy. If you are really, really adventurous, then you can try growing a camomile lawn, so when you tread on it in high summer, the delicate scent is released. You can gather the flowers at any time during summer, and dry them for use in winter. If, however, you just don't want this excitment, or live in a garden-less flat, and just want a pleasant tasting, mildly soothing beverage, then the teabags are a lot easier. They contain only pure flowers of Camomile, so thats fine, and they come in various forms (though not yet pyramidal). Twinings ones are of the plain bo
ring classic 'little square' family, wheras Heath and Heather make ones of the 'tab with little string attatched to bag' variety, so you can just pour on the boiling water, leave for five minutes, whisk out the bag, watch as the bag becomes detatched from string, fish around for the bag with a teaspoon, remove, and drink, throwing tab and string over your shoulder for luck. The Twinings ones are not too expensive (I paid £1.40 for 40 teabags), and come in a nice pretty box, with instructions on how to prepare the 'tea' on the side. Heath and Heather's are slightly more pricey, presumably to allow for the cost of label and string. On taste grounds, I've bought quite a few varieties of camomile tea, as well as buying loose flowers, and I think the Twinings variety has slightly the edge on flavour if you want to use a bag. Loose flowers do give you a stronger, and to my mind, slightly sweeter brew. One other thing to bear in mind is that although they have a long shelf life, I've found that Camomile teabags can lose taste with age. This does make a really comforting drink, and a good alternative to tea, coffee and hot chocolate at bedtime. Plus, in Summer, you can serve the tea chilled. I've served it 'Pimms style' before, with lots of fruit, in a big jug. Pimms is nicer, of course, but Chamomile is better for you - and they both make you sleepy. The taste? Well, its a bit flowery, refreshing, and not unpleasant. It isn't at all like leaf tea, so I wouldn't suggest buying it as a tea 'alternative'; rather try it as an experiment and see if you like it. There are other uses for these teabags, too, if not the ones suggested by Nicholas Culpepper. Camomile flowers make a lovely hair rinse, imperceptibly lightening blonde hair, and leaving hair really shiny and nice-smelling. I've used loose flowers for a rinse before, but spent the next week picking miniscule bits o
f flower out of my hair. Teabags are a lot easier. A lot of modern herbals recommend camomile compresses to enliven tired eyes. I've tried this out. The teabags are an easier option than making the compress, both leave your eyes feeling fresh and sparkly, and both leave you with a pale brown circle around your eye - so unless you are a big fan of pancake make-up I wouldn't recommend doing this before a night out. Fractious Children. Modern Herbals recommend that a weak infusion of Camomile soothes a fractious child. I've tried this out too, but am sorry to report that it didn?t seem to make a blind bit of difference to my own Fractious Child. Bananas. That is what worked for me. I've heard that Chocolate Buttons are a useful soothing aid, too. I have no idea about Nicholas Culpeppers "inflammation of the bowels". I am, luckily, not a sufferer, and I am not prepared to subject myself to this in the cause of researching how helpful a teabag would be. Since he also recommends that " Being used in the clysters, it helps to dissolve the winds and pain in the belly" (Culpepers Complete Herbal) and although I've now found out what a 'clyster' is, you don't want to know, believe me, and I'm rapidly thinking that I'll stick to drinking Camomile 'tea' as a pleasant bedtime drink. Night, night.
Camomile is an excellent thing to drink if you need to sleep, and is probably a lot better for you than pill popping. I find this drink very soothing, but it can be slightly addictive. The taste can take a bit of getting used to as it does seem a bit odd at first. After a while, it really grows on you. Make it like you would any tea, do not put milk in it, as this is grim. You can add sugar, but adding a spoonful of honey is nicer, only this does tend to turn the tea green! There are plenty of companies making camomile tea, and plenty of mixed varieties,(camomile and honey, camomile and spiced apple etc) but I think its best on its own, and the Twinings teas are very good - plus you can get them in any supermarket these days.
I thought for a moment that Camomile Tea didn’t have its own category, as I was looking in the herbal bit, but phew! It’s here - as it is really the epitome of the wishy-washy, arty-farty image of herbal tea. (I know it’s in “Floral Tea” but flowers count as herbs too, really!) Its name conjures up a delightful scene of barmy little old ladies sitting round a table with a doily in the middle, picking pink fondant fancies from a silver tiered cake stand. I started drinking camomile tea in my teens, when the stresses of combined GCSEs and PMT led me to sample its reputed calming properties. Then, at university, I discovered that it was quite popular and a group of us used to drink it while watching Fifteen-to-One and Countdown every day. (Caroline R – winner of the wild student raver of Keele award 1995.) Camomile tea is usually an infusion of the flowers of camomile rather than the leaves, and the plant has been used for centuries in herbal medicine. It is thought to have a relaxing effect and to counteract insomnia. I am fairly sceptical about herbalism as the argument that it is what wise women prescribed hundreds of years ago is not particularly convincing when you look at historical mortality rates, but I’m quite happy to try things and see if they prove me wrong. I think that the relaxing effect of camomile tea depends a lot on the person drinking it and is the sort of thing that is very difficult to test. A hot, caffeine-free drink before bedtime will probably make you sleep better anyway, and the knowledge that you are drinking something to relax you might have some element of ‘the placebo effect’. If, however, you are feeling stressed and sleeping badly, camomile tea might be worth a try – it is cheap and won’t do you any harm if it doesn’t work. More important than its therapeutic properties, however, is what it tastes like. No-one wants to drink som
ething really disgusting just because there is a slim chance it might do them some good. Camomile tea does not really look very appetising – it looks like water with a slight yellow tinge, and is transparent enough not to disguise the bits of kettle limescale probably floating in it. Its smell is more promising – flowery, summery and fragrant without being sweet. The scent can be a bit misleading, however, as it doesn’t really taste anything like it smells. It doesn’t taste much like anything, really, which is a bit disappointing – although someone I got to try it (who was determined to hate it) said it tasted like creosote. I do think that Twinings is slightly better than other brands and not bad value for money – supermarket own brands tend not to be as strong. I must admit that I had to persevere with it for a while before I really started to like it, but now I find it a pleasant and refreshing drink which is an interesting alternative to “normal” tea. It is always drunk without milk but you can add sugar to liven it up if necessary. If you are too proud of yourself for drinking something slightly healthy and don’t want to counteract it with sugar, you can try a spoonful of honey. Many manufacturers such as Twinings and Supermarket Own Brands now produce combined teas such as Camomile and Spiced Apple, which are nice too. I would definitely recommend camomile tea as a pleasant change to the usual caffeinated hot drinks. It is not particularly expensive so it’s worth a try, especially if you are stressed and searching for something to calm you down. I can’t promise that it will have that much of an effect but, who knows? It might work for you and if not, at least you’ll have a nice accompaniment to genteel afternoon quiz shows.
Character: Pure flowers of Camomile contains only the yellow centre of the flower for a lighter, more delicate infusions. Camomile has been renowned for its relaxing properties since ancient Egyptian times, but it can be enjoyed at any time of day. A cool Camomile teabag is reputed to work wonders for tired eyes. How and when to serve: Allow one teabag per person, add freshly boiled water to the bag and leave to infuse for three to five minutes. Naturally caffeine-free, the resulting Infusions are ideal at any time of day, either hot or iced.