Review: HELPS Kids Dreams

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Its OK"The lemon balm adds a mouth-freshening feel to the tea, which is nice, but overall the flavor is just lacking."
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While the title of this tea, when put together with the company, makes it sound as though this beverage helps kids to dream, or rather helps their dreams, I cannot attest to the legitimacy of that statement, but it's a nice thought nonetheless! HELPS is a line of teas developed by a pharmaceutical company that uses all natural, organic ingredients to create various tisane blends made with traditionally-medicinal plants and labeled as "herbal dietary supplements". There are two lines of beverages - one specifically made for children, and one for adults. As you may have guessed, this tea is one of the children's choices.

Dreams is made with only two ingredients: rooibos and lemon balm. As previously mentioned, these are organic ingredients, and only the leaves of those plants are utilized to make the tea. Housed in individually-sealed teabags, the blend does emit a lemony-fresh version of that distinct rooibos aroma. A 5-minute brew results in a liquor that's heavier on the rooibos scent than lemon. On the palette it is disappointingly weak. The suggested brewing instructions say to cover the teacup while brewing, which I did, but that does not seem to help enhance the flavor. The lemon balm adds a mouth-freshening feel to the tea, which is nice, but overall the flavor is just lacking. It is drinkable, but is ultimately unfavorable when held up to other rooibos tea choices. I'm not sure if the combination of lemon balm and rooibos tempers itself, or if this was somehow altered (portion size?) to make a less-potent brew for children, but the end result is unfortunately bland - for kids or adults.

So how does a kid react? I should preface by saying my son has balked at every sip of any kind of tea I have ever given him between ages 2 and 4.5, and this time is no different. As with all those other cups, his basic response was to wrinkle up his nose, and emit a kind of "blegh" sound. Clearly that should not be reflective of this specific tea, but rather my son's silly palette that only seems to like sugary juices, plain water, or milk. In other words: an average preschooler's palette.

— To purchase HELPS Kids Dreams, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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