Ever since a visit to Champneys at Tring many years ago, in the days when free herbal teas were on offer there throughout the day, I've been a herbal tea drinker. I'm not a great drinker and find it easier to drink herbal teas than water. I do like the odd few cups of tea and coffee but don't like having an excess of caffeine, especially at night.
I was delighted to be selected by Storm Tea to review their herbal range and jumped at the chance. Whenever, I'm at friends and asked what flavour herbal tea I want I'm never bothered as although they all smell different and are various colours they really are quite tasteless! Storm tea was different. I was sent a box of 15 Organic Lemongrass and vanilla tea, which retails for £3.99.
Storm Tea has blended chunky lemongrass mixed with vanilla pods and put them in their silk pyrmaid tea bags. They are caffeine free and the ingredients are: lemongrass*, vanilla bits*, apple bits*, hibiscus blossoms*, orange peels*, vervain*, natural flavour.
Each flavour of Storm tea is reported to have great health benefits. Lemongrass is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal in nature, which apparently makes it an effective remedy for a wide variety of complaints. Storm claims it provides relief from nausea, severe menstrual cramps and also acts as a diuretic. Lemongrass tea health benefits are, detoxification of liver, pancreas, kidneys, bladder and the digestive tract. It also helps in maintaining normal cholesterol levels in the body, toxins, excess fats and improves digestion. Lemongrass tea has been an ancient remedy for curing chest congestion, colds and coughs. Interestingly, lemongrass tea benefits in acne prevention and in dealing with other skin problems too. Studies have shown drinking lemongrass tea on a regular basis, prevents the skin from developing any acne or pimples. This is true, as acne is a result of bacteria, and the anti-bacterial nature of the tea, helps the skin to look good and feel good. I do remain slightly sceptical as to these health bwenefits but I'm sure it doesn't do any harm.
The diections for use were straightforward. Apparently tea tastes better when fresh water is used (more oxygen remains in the water), rather than water which has been allowed to sit in the kettle and reboiled. The Lemongrass and Vanilla tea was recommended to infuse for 3-5 mins from boiling water.
Unlike the usual herbal tea bags the Lemongrass and Vanilla Storm Tea did have it's own taste. As I'm not a great fan of vanilla I wasn't there greatest fan, however, I did like having a herbal tea with taste. At £3.99 for 15 they are certainly more expensive than the usual supermarket herbal teas, however, I do now think I'll be buying them in future. My usual herbal tea is just coloured water whilst this had taste.
Storm silk pyramids come in a variety of flavours including:
Organic red berry and rose petal tea
Pure organic camomile tea
Pure organic rooibos tea
Organic english breakfast tea
Organic earl grey tea
Orange and Passionfruit tea
Green honeybush tea
Organic chun mee green tea
Red winter berry tea
Pure organic peppermint tea