Review: HELPS Kids for Little Tummies

Anise Tea, Chamomile Tea, HELPS Tea, Lemon Balm Tea, Organic Tea Add comments
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Its OK"Sweet and lightly mentholated with an undertone of nutty hay: for a medicinal-type tisane, it's fairly tasty."
Sophie’s Teaview: 6.5/10
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All organic chamomile, anise and lemon balm come together in this tisane designed to relieve gastrointestinal upsets in children. It comes under the guise of a plastic-wrapped, paper teabag filled with dust-sized particles. I'm not so keen on individually wrapped anything from an environmental point of view but I can see how well the envelope sealed in freshness in this case: the herbs smell very potent and strong. The scent is so minty sweet that I had to check the list of ingredients again to see whether this blend contained any mint.

Following the manufacturer's directions I steeped the tea bag in 8 ounces of boiling water for 5 minutes. The resulting cup is dark gold with a tinge of brown. The minty aroma is again quite strong – sinus-clearing even! The overall flavour profile is sweet and lightly mentholated with an undertone of nutty hay. I can't say that I would want to drink this all the time. The anise is a little overpowering to make for a really well balanced bend. Also, it seems to leave a viscous feeling in my mouth. However for a medicinal-type tisane, it's fairly tasty. I could see not having too much trouble getting a child to drink this cup down.

I can vouch for chamomile's benefits as a soothing agent for the digestive system from personal experience. I don't know enough about anise and lemon balm to judge with any certainty how helpful these herbs can be to digestion. After a bit of quick research, they do seem like they are commonly held as being helpful to relieve gas and bloating. I do like that the ingredients specified which part of the plant was being used as well as their weight. They also include dosages according to age group, from 2 to 4, 4 to 8 and 8 to 12. All in all it seems that this company takes their medicinal ingredients and their potential properties seriously. Although personally I wouldn't purchase this particular blend, I would be interested in testing out others of their products since they seem like such a conscientious organization.

— To purchase HELPS Kids for Little Tummies, 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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