(This post is sponsored by Sage Birth and Beyond).
Hi, my name is Fi and I’m a tea-aholic.
I LOVE my tea. Ever since I was in my mid-late teens, I would drink upwards of 5 cups a day (probably not good for you). What’s worse – when I first started, I used to have (cover your eyes if you’re a health nut) 5 sugars in each cup. AWFUL I know! You’d be glad to know I quickly weaned to 2 sugars, and then about 3 years ago I weaned to none. But the amount of teas consumed in a day has remained relatively the same, except during my pregnancy when I was put off it (of all the things!).
Friends and family know of my tea-addict ways, and so I’m constantly gifted with different teas, mugs, tea sets and infusers to quench my thirst (metaphorically so to speak). Despite all this, I’ve generally been a standard, English Breakfast black-tea kind of girl. So when I’m gifted with herbal teas, I’m usually wary. But not anymore.
Sage Birth and Beyond Tea Range
When the gorgeous Sam from Sage Birth and Beyond approached me to sample some of her teas, I was filled with excitement, anticipation and some nerves. As I mentioned, I’m usually the stock-standard black tea drinking kinda mumma, so was unsure how I’d go trying these herbal teas. However I am all for giving something a go – particularly in the tea world (I’ve tried lamington-flavoured tea, so surely I’ll try anything!), so I eagerly awaited for my sample teas to arrive. I was super excited when I received the “Calm Goddess” tea and the “Milky Goddess” tea, as they were my personal picks of the bunch. A break down of each tea:
Calm Goddess Tea
Ingredients: Lemon Balm, Lavender, Chamomile, Rose Petals (all Organic)
Steep Time: 5-15 minutes
Optional Extras: Honey to make it sweeter, or as an iced tea
First Impression: Perfect lavender and citrus blend.
Final Verdict: As a loose leaf tea, I always use my favourite infusers to keep the tea enclosed. The lemon, chamomile, lavender and rose petal-infused tea created a gorgeous light green colour as it mixed with the boiling water. It was quite light in colour, which to me automatically means it isn’t a strong tea – and considering I’m not always the herbal tea kinda fan, this to me was perfect.
What I noticed first about the taste of the tea was the lavender and chamomile mix. It may seem contradictory, but the flavour is strong but the tea feels ‘light’ – it doesn’t have a heavy taste like the black teas do. I absolutely love the refreshing feeling of the “Calm Goddess” tea – it is exactly how it is described! I think this would be the perfect Summer Iced Tea for mums at the end of the day after running around their children all day. Bliss!
Milky Goddess Tea
Ingredients: Raspberry leaf, Nettle leaf, Fennel seeds, Caraway seeds, Fenugreek seeds, Oatstraw, Cinnamon (all Organic)
Steep Time: 5-15 minutes
Optional Extras: Honey to make it sweeter
Verdict: My first impression was one of surprise as I found the tea mixed with the boiling water created a sweet cinnamon colour, rather than the “green” tea I was expecting.
What I noticed first about the tea flavour was that it was soft and full of raspberry. This tea is another light tea that doesn’t smack you in the face with lots of herb-y flavours. It has a refreshing taste and aroma that you would enjoy after a long day of work, with the added bonus of the Fenugreek seeds that can help naturally boost milk supply (I noticed an increase after 2 cups of the stuff!). While the “Calming Goddess” makes me think it’ll be good after a long hard days work, the “Milky Goddess” Tea
100% Stamp of Approval!
I’ve been giving my Stamp of Approval to a few reviews recently (with just cause of course!!), because I’m getting the opportunity to try out some amazing products for mums. The Sage Birth and Beyond Teas WITHOUT A DOUBT get my Stamp of Approval – because not only have they changed my perception of herbal teas, but they actually achieve what they set out to do! The “Calm Goddess” tea is a relaxing tea that has helped me to unwind after a long day of baby-duty and working; while the “Milky Goddess” tea has been helping to give me a natural boost to my milk supply when I really need it (before going away for a weekend away, need extra pumping/milk supply!)