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I'm getting a bit sick of my coffee and green tea and wanting something without the caffeine. I think I'm after a herbal tea but haven't liked any of the ones I have tried. I don't like the hibiscus or orange peel type ones. Does anyone have a suggestion as to what type of tea and also brands available that are tasty but not fake tasting?

My second question is that I have some lemon verbena and some mint growing in my garden. Can I use this and if so is it just a matter of pouring some warm water on the leaves.

Thanks so much everyone in advance. My body thanks you too!

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I love the teas I get from www.specialteas.com they have fruit melange teas that are really yummy the also have roobios tea which you can get plain or flavored. YUMMY
I mix fruit with green tea sometimes for iced tea, ohhh so good.
good thing about special teas is that you can order samples for a dollar or two apiece to find out what you like.
Their shipping is also resonable I feel.

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try SporTea. It comes in a yellow box with a picture of a mountain, it's sold at United Market and Whole Foods, other health food stores as well. No caffeine, it really quenches your thirst, and it's good either hot or cold.
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I seldom drink packaged herbal teas, tho I like the Rosehip tea from Crabtree & Evelyn. What I do is to go to the herbsl shop n let the herbalist help me put together a concoction of herbs, for eg now I have a mixture os red raspberry, nettles, milky oats, rosehips, etc to suit my breastfeeding as well as other personal health needs. I brew abt 8 cups each time, store the rest in the fridge, n reheat when necc. hth.
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Thanks so much for your suggestions. I will check them all out. I love the idea of customised teas.

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I recommend red raspberry tea for all woman. It is a great source of very absorable calcium as well as being a uterine toner which is great for regulating your menstrual cycle. If you are pregnant, drink a cup every day as the uterine toning will help during delivery and the minerals are very beneficial. I get it in bulk and use a tea ball.

To answer your second questions, you can take the herbs fresh out of your garden for tea. Crush them up a little with your fingers and pour boiling water over them. YUM! There's nothing like fresh mint tea.

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Thanks so much Cathe, I haven't tried red raspberry tea. I have to be honest. I am really after a refreshing beverage that tastes nice rather than the medicinal side of things, although if they can do both that's great. So, forgive me if I ask, how does the raspberry tea taste? I don't like tea too fruity.

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I love red raspberry tea. It is the only iced tea I fix at home. For some reason I don't care for it hot. It is rather fruity. Sometimes I mix it 1/2 with a decafinated green tea.
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I don't like fruit teas either (though my girls love berry zinger). Red raspberry leaf has a mild, pleasant flavor that I don't find fruity at all.

If you like a coffe-ish taste, try Celestial Seasons Roastaroma or Almond Sunset.

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Just read the last post - Red Raspberry Leaf is different from raspberry tea and it doesn't have a fruit taste. I agree the fruit teas are much better as iced tea.

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Excellent, I am going to go on a hunt for some, hopefully organic, red raspberry leaf tea!

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At the moment i have 2 sorts which i make from 2 of my herb plants.

I have chamomile and also peppermint tea. The peppermint tea i find refreshing after having a meal and the chamomile when i want to relax, i give it to my son occasionally to to soothe him.

When he was a baby he use to drink a tiny bit cold to calm him down.
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