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AMBAAA Posts: 852
5/6/13 9:06 A

I had the privilege of staying in a Fairmont hotel and I tried their chamomille tea. It was so much superior to any other chamomille tea I had ever had. The bag said that it was Egyptian Chamomille. So I ordered some on the Internet and wasn't disappointed. It's so much more flavorful.
Now I am looking for a green tea that I'll really enjoy and feel like drinking often.

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5/6/13 3:17 A

Remember that IF you have any health issues, AND if you are on medications, you need to check that they are safe for you - some can be dangerous in certain circumstances.

I really enjoy Iced Herbal teas in the summer. I make a really big pot, and when it is cold put it into the fridge. My favourites are Peach, and Lemon and Ginger; Sometimes I put 1 Earl Grey Tea Bag in with 7 herbal ones, and that makes a really nice change. If I want it sweetened, I often use a tiny bit of honey.

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5/5/13 1:47 P

MOTTSIE, I do love PG Tips. My favorite is Yorkshire, though. When I go to my local british tea room, I bounce between that and Typhoo for my daily black tea fix.

MOTTSIE Posts: 204
5/5/13 1:44 P

tea is my favorite thing to drink. hot or cold unsweetened. I've got plenty of suggestions:
Iced tea: White Lion Traditional iced tea is great, so is the blueberry acai. Twinnings Jasmine green tea is lovely, Celestial seasons raspberry zinger or chamomile are good hot or cold. Bigelow has a pomegranite pizzaz that tastes sweet- check the label because I think it includes fruit juices in the tea leaves.
Hot tea: PG Tips is very smooth, no need for milk or sugar, just delicious.
All the teas can be found in your grocery store- except White Lion, which I order online ( they often have free shipping specials)

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,320
5/5/13 10:01 A

Black tea...Trader Joe's Kettle Brewed Black Tea has no sugars and is quite good, also drinking black tea could help you to burn your fat from what I hear. Quite tart and strong so I add 1/2 a glass with 1/2 water.

Chamomile Tea helps the body break down sugars before it can build up in your bloodstream...says Robert Nash Ph.D and a he is a leading scientist. Chamomile is a mild tea.

I have also heard drinking or sipping 8 ounces of chamomile tea with each meal can cut blood sugar surges by 25%, even if you have full blown diabetes. Forgot where I heard that but this is not medical advice, just what I do to keep my heart healty and my cholesterol down.

5/5/13 8:42 A

I have been switching to tea instead of coffee, at work. (The coffee at work is bitter and requires milk, and milk (not cheese or yogurt) is beginning to make me feel a little bloated. (Or, maybe it is the milk at work to blame? I've had milk at Panera's in my coffee, and don't get that reaction.) My home coffee (from Trader Joe's), though a dark roast, doesn't taste bitter so I don't need to add milk at home.

So as noted, I've switched to drinking a lot of tea during the work day. Tazo makes a few good varieties. They have a variety pack you can try out, but it doesn't include all their flavors. Personally, I can't stand Lipton -- too bitter.

I've also run into some flavored green teas - gently flavored with pomegranete or other fruits, not overpoweringly so. I am also partial to the bergamot flavor in Earl Grey teas.

Someone else mentioned sun tea -- a great idea, and today would be a perfect day here to start doing this for summer again.

You can also flavor your tea with fresh mint, lemon balm (I grow lemon balm here), or slices of lemon. I never use milk or sweetener in any tea. (I may have been born in the south, but that's one taste trait I did not pick up....)

Anxiety: I drink valerian tea (from a health food store) - two or three cups before high anxiety events such as public speaking. Yes, it tastes as bad as it smells, but it is effective. Every time I've failed to drink it in advance, I've flubbed the occasion.

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5/4/13 11:20 P

But its the time of year to make SUN TEA! Jar of cold water, tea bag(s)...a nice hot table or hour or two.... I frequently use Lipton tea bags, with several herbal (peach, raspberry, or lemon) or Constant Comment Added in. Wonderful!

Happy Summer...! (OK, I know some of you had SNOW this week, but it won't be long....!)

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5/4/13 11:15 P

Yogi makes a Ginger tea that's soooo good If you like ginger. It's slightly sweet and has that awesome gingery spiciness...mmm

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5/4/13 8:34 P

I get my tea from Adagio tea. ( ) I like them because you can order small amounts to sample or sampler packs that let you try many different teas. Samplers run between $2-6, which is great, because if a member of the site sends you a $5 certificate, you can get one for free. :)

Let me know if you're interested, and I'll send you one (that goes for anyone.) No strings attached... that's how I got started with them. Just pop me a PM. I do earn 10 points if you cash one in, full disclosure. :)

5/4/13 6:25 P

so far Celestial Seasonings Raspberry Zinger is the only one I can enjoy unsweetened. yummmy... if anyone can add more info on teas, I love this topic... I have done some chai teas and add vanilla almond milk... I want to drink green tea but the ones I brew don't taste very good, I tolerate it... so if there are more tips from you that know... please share some more... thank you!
I also buy tension tamer Celestial Seasonings and like it but add a bit of sweetner. can someone also say if the brand matters that some brands you for sure would stay away from to be health beneficial?

NIRERIN Posts: 14,325
5/4/13 1:51 P

start by making sure you are brewing your tea properly. for black teas, you should be bringing water to a boil, adding the water to a cup with the tea, steeping for 3-5 minutes [check the tea container for a more exact time], and removing the tea from the cup. for green teas you should bring the water to a boil, let the water start cooling, then add the water to a cup with the tea in it, steep for around a minute [again, check the actual package for more exact times], then remove the tea from the cup. when you leave the tea in the cup, it tends to get bitter. the same tends to happen when you add boiling water to green teas and herbs.

LOUNMOUN Posts: 1,334
5/4/13 1:50 P

cinnamon apple spice
mint tea
rooibos red tea

I don't add anything to my tea but sometimes it tastes better to me if it is steeped longer than recommended on the package.

RIE567 Posts: 122
5/4/13 1:23 P

My favorite bagged tea is Mighty Leaf. It's available at some higher-end grocery stores and "health food" stores: Smith's, Safeway, Hy-Vee, Whole Foods, Vitamin Cottage, etc. Try the green tea tropical flavor. Some of Celestial Seasonings' flavors are nice, too. I like cherry pomegranate. Loose teas will always be more flavorful, and, of course, more expensive. They will be at specialty tea, spice and coffee shops and online. (Try Jasmine is one of my favorite flavors. Green tea is generally known for having more antioxidant benefits than black, white or herbal teas. British, Indian and Oriental teas have distinct flavors; if you don't like one, try another. Try squeezing a lemon wedge into your tea for additional flavor with no (or very few) calories. You might even like lime or orange, or a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg. Enjoy!

GRAMCRACKER46 Posts: 1,803
5/4/13 1:14 P

What is a pop detox? I hope it means you won't be drinking pop. For the most part, I am not a fan of detoxes. If we eat healthy clean foods, our bodies do a good job of detoxing anyway.

That being said, Chamomile tea is soothing to ones nerves. That's what Peter Rabbit's mother gave Peter after Mr McGregor chased him with a hoe. tee hee

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5/4/13 11:48 A

I have decided to go on a pop detox and was wanting to maybe try drinking tea, as I have read there are many health benefits associated with drinking tea. However, all the tea I have ever had just didn't taste good. Can anyone recommend some teas for me, or how to make it taste better without adding extra calories? I also am somewhat interested in drinking teas with herbal properties to help with various things, such as anxiety.

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