Yogi: A Master of Yoga and Sore Throats

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It feels good to be back home in Georgia; unfortunately, being sick kills the feeling a bit.  Between the consistently warm temperatures of Hawaii and not having a kid in daycare, I have managed to avoid the plagues of cold/flu season.

My luck ran out about a week ago when my son started having a runny nose.  In my attempts to help him get better, I was soon infected by his child like bug.  A child like bug that quickly turned into a adult, cold beast. Stuffed nose, sneezing, coughing, aches and pains took me out for about 24 hours.

So in my sad attempt to complete a grocery shopping trip at Wal-Mart, I Googled tea recommendations for a cold and the Yogi Throat Comfort tea popped up. I always get a bit hesitant about trying new teas because I fear they will be too earthy for my liking. But I was sick and reaching for anything to get over this nasty cold.

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Here is what the Yogi website had to say about their Throat Comfort tea:

Our Throat Comfort® tea is an herbal blend that combines Slippery Elm Bark with Mullein; used in Western herbalism to help relieve minor throat irritation. Wild Cherry Bark and Licorice Root help soothe and add sweet flavor. Enjoy our Throat Comfort® tea when you need a gentle and comforting blend to soothe your throat.*

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Throat Comfort definitely has a strong licorice taste to it, but I did sense a second slightly sweeter taste behind it but don’t think I would readily identify it as cherry without reading the box.

There are 11 ingredients in the Throat Comfort tea including cinnamon bark and orange peel.  Yogi gives a full breakdown of all the herbs used in their tea. Scroll down to get the full list and description detail for each ingredient used.

Overall, the tea is fine and I would buy it again. I mean warm drinks usually soothe a dried out, sick throat. It definitely was kicked up a notch when I added the Alka-Seltzer Severe Cold and Flu. I’m just saying………in case their are any other busy moms you need a quick turn around.

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For those who don’t like their tea too earthy like me, the licorice overpowers most of the other flavors in the tea in my opinion.  But then again, my taste buds may not be as sophisticated as others.  I also used two bags of the tea when I wasn’t mixing it with the Alka-Seltzer.

While I usually only steep my tea for about 4 minutes, with this particular tea it recommends 7 minutes.  Most teas that I have tried in the past only recommend about 4 minutes because it will usually give off a bitter taste if steeped longer.  However, it seems the extra 3 minutes really are need to extract the most flavor from this tea.

Until my next post…..may your throats be soothed and colds be avoided 😉

Check out the rest of the ingredients down below:

Organic Wild Cherry Bark: Ever wonder why all cough syrup is cherry flavored? This flavorful herb native to North America was traditionally used to soothe the throat. (used in both throat comforts and cold season sampler)

Organic Licorice Root: Licorice root is a flavorful, sweet herb that has been used for thousands of years and is still one of the most widely used herbs in all herbal systems. Licorice has been used traditionally to support the skin and the liver. It also is thought by herbalists to help soothe indigestion and the throat. (used in quite a few of their teas).

Fennel Seed: Botanically-speaking, fennel seeds are not seeds, but are the fruits of the sweet fennel plant, an herb that has been cultivated for culinary and medicinal use for thousands of years. In India, fennel seeds are routinely chewed after meals to support digestion and to act as an herbal mouth freshener.

Cinnamon Bark: Cinnamon Bark comes from a small evergreen tree that is native to Sri Lanka. Cinnamon is a pungent, sweet and hot spice that can warm and invigorates the body and support function of the respiratory and digestive systems. It can also help to promote circulation to the joints and support immune function.

Orange Peel: Orange peel, as with all citrus peels, is used in traditional herbal medicine to support the digestive system. Traditionally, citrus peel was used to support normal function in the chest and diaphragmatic region. Citrus peel is pungent, bitter and warm.

Slippery Elm Bark: Slippery Elm Bark is native to North America. A soothing, mucilaginous herb, slippery elm bark is used internally to soothe digestion and support bowel movements. The consistency comes from a high content of soluble fiber, which makes it valuable as a fiber laxative. As a poultice, it has been traditionally used to soothe dry skin. It is also a favorite of Western herbalism for usefulness in soothing a sore throat.

Cardamom Pod: Cardamom is a uniquely flavored culinary herb in the ginger family. But cardamom is more than its delicious flavor. This herb is warming and has been traditionally used to support healthy stomach and digestive function as well as the respiratory system.

Ginger Root: Ginger Root, the underground stem, or rhizome, of the plant Zingiber officinale, has been used in many herbal traditions since ancient times. In Ayurveda, Ginger is known as the wonder herb, and it’s no wonder, since Ayurveda employs Ginger for a wide variety of health applications, including digestive support. Historically, Ginger Root was also one of the most respected herbs for supporting joint health. Additionally, Ginger Root has been traditionally used to support healthy peripheral circulation; and can aid in warming up cold hands and feet, and will also promote sweating when needed.

Mullein Leaf: A common wildflower native to Europe and Asia, mullein has a long history of use in herbal medicine as a soothing herb. Herbalists have traditionally used mullein to support the immune and respiratory systems

Clove Bud: Clove Buds are the aromatic dried flower buds of a tree in the Myrtle family. The English name clove derives from Latin clavus (nail), as the shape of the buds resembles small nails. Clove bud is widely used as a spice in ancient Asian herbal traditions. With a warming quality, clove supports circulation and digestion.

Black Pepper: Not only is Black Pepper one of the most widely used culinary spices in the world, it also has a long history of use in traditional herbal medicine. A spicy herb that can help support digestion, it also supplies antioxidants, which can help to reduce free radicals. As a diuretic, black pepper can support water balance in the body.

 

 

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