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I'm always looking for new and different herbal teas to try so when I saw this one in the supermarket recently I thought I'd give it a go as it contains a lot of ingredients I like.
The teas come in a rectangular cardboard box which makes good storage and is easily recyclable. Each tea bag comes in its own paper bag, which I'm not keen on as I feel its an unnecassary waste, but a lot of companies do this nowadays. The box is yellow and the front has the Yogi Tea logo, a colourful simple picture of mountains and the sun, and the words "Ayurvedic Herbal Formula - Detox - Organic Herb & Spice infusion.
The box has a lot of interesting information on it. There are the ingredients, the history of the company, information about the tea and how to brew it, and a yoga position! (Which I haven't tried as yet!)
Yogi tea was started by Yogi Bhajan who left India for the west in 1969. He taught yoga, meditation and the ancient science of Ayurveda, which uses nutrition, herbs and other arts to keep the body, mind and spirit healthy. He would serve an aromatic tea after each class which became known as Yogi Tea. The tea soon became popular during the 70s so eventually the Yogi Tea Comany was formed.
The company make spice teas, green teas and highly specialised Ayurvedic recipes. More information can be found at www.yogitea.nl
I paid £1.89 for 15 teabags, but the price may vary depending on where you buy them.
Liquorice, cinnamon, burdock root, ginger, dandelion. fennel, anise, juniper berries, coriander, cardamon, black pepper, parsley, sage, cloves, tumeric oil (all certified organically grown)
The box tells me that this blend has been used for centuries in India to support the internal cleansing process by adjusting the fire and air energies. Afraid I can't vouch for this claim so far! However a lot of the ingredients are reputed to be internal cleansers. Liquorice and fennel are reputedly good for stomach upsets and bowel problems, cinnamon and ginger are also good for such ailments as well as good for colds. Dandelion has a cleansing effect and burdock root purifies the blood.
The instructions say to steep one teabag in freshly boiled water for 4 to 6 minutes, or longer if you prefer a stronger flavour. Then gently squeeze the teabag to let the active ingredients fully release into the water.
I like to leave the tea bag in the mug until I've finished the tea as I like strong flavours but this is obviously a matter of preference. I usually fill the mug 3 quarters with hot water and a quarter with cold so I don't have to wait for it to cool before drinking.
This tea should be drunk without milk or sugar.
When I opened the box the main smell was definitely the cinnamon. When brewed, the cinnamon smell is still strong but the main taste is definitely the liquorice. I can taste the fennel aswell but can't really taste the cinnamon. It has a spiced taste to it though, I think from the anise and cardamom.
Its a nice refershing tea that can be drunk at any time of day although I tend to drink it mainly in the afternoon. I would recommend this if you like fennel or liquorice teas. If you're not a fan of either of them, then definitely avoid as they're the prevalent flavours.
Detox tea contains a combination of herbs and spices support the internal cleansing process.